Applying to SoTA

Because ours is a highly selective program, IWU students experience close, personal instruction from an outstanding faculty who lead them through rigorous theatrical training.

The School of Theatre Arts sees thousands of candidates from across the country each year and mindfully accepts only a handful.

Note: Faculty attend the International Thespian Festival, Southeastern Theatre Conference, College Audition Project and the Illinois High School Theatre Festival annually. Students called back at any of these eventsmust still complete the full application process, listed below. 

Application Requirements

For All Degree Tracks

All students applying to the School of Theatre Arts must first submit a FREE application to Illinois Wesleyan University including current transcripts and test scores. Additionally, every applicant must submit a resume of theatre work and recent headshot. A SoTA application form and interview with faculty is required of all students, taking place on the following scheduled audition days:

2021-22 AUDITION SCHEDULE:

November 20, 2021 virtual audition

January 22, 2022 on-campus audition

February 5, 2022 on-campus audition

February 19, 2022 on campus audition

For the BA in Theatre Arts:

Contact recruitment coordinator Lauren Warnecke, lwarneck@iwu.edu, to sign up for a faculty interview. Candidates for the BA program may additionally apply for a talent scholarship. Students may present portfolios in the areas of acting, vocal performance, directing, scholarship or creative writing with their SoTA application forms.

For the BFA in Acting:

Students interested in the BFA Acting program must pre-screen by uploading their audition materials to the Acceptd website. There is a fee associated with the pre-screen process.

Pre-screen materials should include 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.

If selected for a call-back, you will be notified by the recruitment office to sign-up for an audition, submit a SoTA application form and complete the faculty interview.

For the BFA in Music Theatre:

Students interested in the BFA Music Theatre program must pre-screen by uploading their audition materials to the Acceptd website. There is a fee associated with the pre-screen process.

Pre-screen materials should include one monologue, two songs and a choreographed dance sample, according to the following specifications:

  • Prepare one monologue within your casting age range (adolescent to 30 years old) and personality type. Monologues must be from a published play and cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.
  • Prepare two contrasting songs. One song should be a ballad and the other an uptempo song. One song should be written prior to 1970. This song can be either the uptempo or the ballad (student’s choice). One song should be written after 1970 and contrast the style of the first.
  • Include a 30-60 second dance audition performed to music as part of your video submission. Samples can be jazz, ballet, modern, African, hip hop, lyrical or contemporary. Please, no ballet barre combinations or tap dance.

If selected for a call-back, you will be notified by the recruitment office to sign-up for an audition, submit a SoTA application form and complete the faculty interview.

For the BFA in Theatre Design & Technology:

Contact recruitment coordinator Lauren Warnecke, lwarneck@iwu.edu, to sign up for a faculty interview. Candidates for the BFA Theatre Design & Technology program are required to submit a portfolio with their application materials. 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.

Upon signing up for an interview, prospective students will receive their application forms, which includes a place to upload their resumes and portfolios.

Admission Deadlines & Notification

Applicants to the BFA Acting and Music Theatre programs can pre-screen after Aug. 1. Your pre-screen will not be reviewed if incomplete, including an IWU application. Please allow 4-6 weeks after submitting your pre-screen for faculty to review your materials and make a call-back decision.

We strongly recommend you complete your application and audition prior to the final on-campus audition date. 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 admissions process, please contact the Theatre Recruitment Office at (309) 556-3944 or by email at theatre@iwu.edu.