Auditions Admission Overview

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The School of Theatre Arts sees hundreds of candidates from across the country each year and mindfully accepts only a handful. Faculty attend the International Thespian Festival, Southeastern Theatre Conference, North Texas Drama Auditions, Booker T Washington Showcase, Greater Houston Area Auditions and Illinois High School Theatre Festival annually. If you were seen at one of these off campus events, please check in with the Theatre Recruitment Office to see what your next steps are for admission.

Please read carefully our four-step admissions process below.

Step 1: All incoming students must submit a FREE application with Illinois Wesleyan University including current transcripts and test scores prior to any on-campus audition or interview.

Step 2: All students interested in BFA Acting or BFA Music Theatre must pre-screen by uploading their audition requirements to the Acceptd website ($30.00 fee). Pre-screen requirements can be found on the Acceptd website. Please submit your pre-screen at least 2 weeks prior to your desired on-campus audition date to allow time for review.  Please wait for a callback via email before moving to Step 3.

Students interested in the BA in Theatre Arts and the BFA Theatre Design and Technology DO NOT need to pre-screen via Acceptd. Go directly to Step 3.

Acceptd is a third-party agency used by many of the top programs as a way to save applicants the time and expense of traveling. Faculty will review these digital auditions and determine if the student will be invited for an on-campus audition. Please do not sign up for an on campus audition until you receive an email from the recruitment office inviting you to do so.

 

Step 3: Sign up for one of our four audition/interview dates below or call the Theatre Recruitment Office (309) 556-3944 for assistance with this process.

 

On-Campus Audition/Interview Dates for 2016-2017

November 19, 2016

January 28, 2017

February 11, 2017

February 25, 2017

 

Please contact Nikki Wright directly to discuss the possibility of an individual interview/audition at nwright@iwu.edu.

 

Audition Procedures

Resume and Headshot: Applicants must submit a recent headshot and a resume of all theatre work.

Application:  Applicants must submit a completed copy of the Acting application which will be sent to you 1-2 weeks prior to audition date.

Audition: Prepare two contrasting monologues that are within your casting age and range. They should be taken from modern plays. (No Shakespeare, verse or dialects, please.) Select active monologues (not passive voice) that you feel express your current strengths as an actor. Each selection should be memorized, thoroughly rehearsed and one to two minutes in length.

Interview: In addition to the audition, prospective students will interview with Acting faculty.

Resume and Headshot: Applicants must submit a recent headshot and a resume of all theatre work.

Application: Applicants must submit a completed copy of the Music Theatre application which will be sent to you 1-2 weeks prior to audition date.

The audition has four components:

Dancing: The dance audition will be taught as a class, with warm up, followed by ballet and jazz combinations. Bring appropriate attire for dance, especially shoes.

Acting: Prepare two contrasting monologues within your casting age range: adolescent to 30 years old and personality type. (No Shakespeare, verse or dialects, please.) Each one should be approximately one minute in length. Avoid text from musical theatre librettos. Each selection should be memorized and thoroughly rehearsed.

Singing: Prepare vocal selections from music theatre literature, one ballad and one up-tempo. Cut the song to 32 bars of music. (Do not sing the whole song.) An accompanist will be provided; bring your sheet music and make sure your cuts are clearly marked and you are prepared to talk with the accompanist. Please note that a 32-bar cut is sufficient, but you may be asked to sing the entire song. Each selection should be memorized and thoroughly rehearsed. (Note: overdone songs that should be avoided)

Interview: In addition to the audition, prospective students will interview with the Music Theatre faculty.

Resume and Headshot: Applicants must submit a recent headshot and a resume of all theatre work.

Application: Applicants must submit a completed copy of the Design & Technology application which will be sent to you 1-2 weeks prior to interview date.

Portfolio: The portfolio should present examples of your work in the form of light and sound plots, paint elevations, costume renderings and prompt books from theatrical productions. Other examples include photographs, schedules, paper work, programs/posters, sewing projects, sketches (hand or computer), craft and properties projects, design boards, research or other evidence of your artistic abilities.

Interview: In addition to the audition, prospective students will interview with the Theatre Design & Technology faculty.

Resume and Headshot: Applicants must submit a recent headshot and a resume of all theatre work.

Application: Applicants must submit a completed copy of the BA Theatre Arts application which will be sent to you 1-2 weeks prior to interview date.

Interview: All BA applicants must schedule an on-campus interview with the Theatre Studies faculty. Auditions and interviews are held on campus during audition days.

*Talent Audition:  Students wishing to audition for a talent award or talent scholarship may present either the acting or the portfolio, as outlined on the previous areas requirements.

 

Admission Deadlines & Notification

Admission to Illinois Wesleyan University is selective and auditions are an integral part of the admission decision. BFA in Acting and BFA in Music Theatre students will not be considered for Early Action I. These students are only eligible to be considered for Early Action II and Regular Decision only . All steps must be completed in order for a decision to be made. We strongly recommend you complete your application and audition prior to the final on-campus audition date in February. Review of applications begins in November with decisions being mailed January 1 through April 1. To contact IWU Admissions, click here.

 

For questions about the admission/audition process, please contact Nikki Wright in the Theatre Recruitment Office at (309) 556-3944 or via e-mail: nwright@iwu.edu.