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Departmental Auditions

The Department of Theatre Arts wants to thank you for your interest in us and express our personal commitment to you as a student as you further your education in theatre. 

The ETBU Theatre Arts Department is an active, vibrant program that seeks to provide opportunities that inspire, encourage, and challenge students to grow intellectually, artistically, and spiritually. We are dedicated to preparing you for real-world experience, striving to make you a marketable artist who can:

  • apply for and receive professional internships,
  • find work in professional theatre,
  • seek employment as a teacher in educational theatre, or
  • pursue graduate studies.

Our production seasons are designed to offer students experience in varying literary genres, acting styles, and theatrical venues. Students are given multiple opportunities to participate as performers, designers, and/or technicians in our main stage and Discovery Series productions. Students may also serve as a director for our student-led Discovery Series productions. 

The audition and/or interview is mandatory for entry into the program. This process will also serve as an application for a theatre arts scholarship if one is available. Funds are limited, so schedule your audition early.

Scheduling an Audition 

Auditions and interviews for admittance into the Department of Theatre Arts are typically scheduled as part of Tiger Day activities. However, special arrangements will be made if a prospective student cannot attend on those dates. Auditions will be held at ETBU in the Jenna Guest Music Building. Please keep in mind that our faculty are rarely on campus during the summer months so schedule your audition in conjunction with the ETBU academic year.

Students who wish to audition will need to contact the School of Communication and Performing Arts to schedule a date and a time. The student will also be required to complete an audition form (see button below) at least two business days prior to your arrival on campus. If auditioning as a performer, please do not change your chosen monologues after submitting the audition form. 

Audition Requirements

All students should bring a current headshot (or a recent photo) and a résumé detailing prior theatre experience to the audition.

For Performers:

Auditions for program entry consist of two contrasting monologues of approximately one minute each and an informal interview with the faculty.  Prospective students should select one contemporary monologue and one classical monologue (Greek, Roman, Elizabethan, Jacobean, and Restoration plays are all acceptable).  We ask that students audition with pieces from published plays, not with work from television, film, or original compositions.  

Optional: Students who can sing should prepare approximately sixteen bars from a Broadway musical.  Please bring your sheet music as an accompanist will be provided.

For Designers and Technicians:

Interviews for program entry consist of a portfolio and/or prompt book presentation.  We suggest that the portfolio include photographs of your work on set construction, painting, props, costumes, or lighting as well as any drawings, sketches, drafting, or renderings you completed.  Those students with stage management experience should present their prompt book and photographs of the production.

For Minors and Non-Majors:

No formal audition is required of minors or non-majors. If you are interested in participating in our productions, we encourage you to audition for the season or schedule an appointment with our faculty to learn more.

Scholarship Requirements

Scholarships are available to select theatre majors (not minors) who successfully audition for admittance to the theatre program and meet the following requirements:

  • The student must be a theatre major as indicated by official declaration with the registrar;
  • The student must enroll in specific theatre courses each semester as advised by the assigned faculty advisor or department chair;
  • The student must participate in all departmental productions each semester as assigned;
  • The student must earn a grade point average of 3.0 or above in theatre course work for each semester of study;
  • The student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above for all course study at ETBU;
  • The student must attend all scheduled department meetings, load-ins, workdays, and strikes; exceptions may be made for conflicts approved in advance by faculty and department chair.

Theatre Department scholarships are awarded in consideration of and in conjunction with the selected student’s overall financial aid package at the time they apply to the University. Scholarships are not awarded to students after they have matriculated at ETBU, so please audition prior to enrolling in the University. 

Audition Contacts, Location, and Results

Contact

First, students who wish to audition will need to contact the School of Communication and Performing Arts to schedule a date and a time. Please call 903.923.2158 to set up your appointment.

Second, you will need to fill out an audition form (see button above) at least two business days prior to your arrival on campus.  If auditioning as a performer, please do not change your chosen monologues after submitting this form. 

Location

Auditions and interviews are held in the Jenna Guest Music Building on the ETBU Campus.

Results

Following the audition/interview, the faculty will jointly decide whether to admit the student, admit the student under provisional acceptance, or deny the student admittance to the program.  Students are notified via email and a letter sent to their permanent address within two weeks of the audition.