Theatre & Music Theatre Department

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Auditions and Interviews

Admission is based on talent, academic ability, and potential for success in a theatre-related career. Our selective admission process means you will benefit from small class sizes and many production opportunities.

Please note that your admission to the Theatre & Music Theatre Department is contingent upon your admission to Viterbo University.  If you are unsure of your application status, please contact the Office of Admission at (608) 796-3010 or

Three simple steps

  1. Apply to Viterbo University using our online application.
  2. Schedule your audition/interview by viewing the list of dates/locations below and emailing our administrative assistant, Sue Hauser. Indicate the date and location you prefer. Sue will confirm the time in an email reply.
  3. Go to our online audition platform, where you will upload the required audition materials for the degree program for which you are applying. You’ll find guidelines for each program under “Choose a Program” in the right column on our Acceptd page. The upload fee is $25 payable to ACCEPTD.

All auditions and interviews require a confirmed appointment at least a week prior to the requested date. 

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We have partnered with ACCEPTD, an online service that makes it possible for us to preview your audition, portfolio, and application materials. This innovative platform allows you to upload your headshot, resume, video clips of your audition, portfolio pieces (as appropriate to your program interest), letters of recommendation, and scanned copies of your transcripts for faculty to preview prior to meeting you.The uploaded materials provide us with an introduction to you. YOU MUST STILL AUDITION/INTERVIEW FOR US IN PERSON AT ONE OF OUR SCHEDULED AUDITION SITES.

Note: Your letters of recommendation and transcripts must be uploaded by the time of your scheduled audition. An official hard copy of your transcript and your ACT/SAT scores MUST be sent to our Admission office to complete your application. This important information will be a factor in determining your scholarship award.


Contact Rick Walters, Director of Recruitment, at or (608) 796-3793.

Audition Options

  • On-campus Auditions offer a comprehensive experience that will provide you with important information to make your decision about where you would like to go to school. You will be able to meet faculty and students, visit classes, see a show or rehearsal, and tour the campus.
  • National Unified Auditions provide an opportunity to audition for our program in major theatre markets nation-wide - New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles. Advance registration is required by Monday, January 19, 2015.
  • High School Theatre Festival Auditions: If you plan to audition at one of the high school theatre festivals listed on our schedule, simply follow the guidelines of the auditions program provided by the festival organizers. At most festivals our faculty representatives will post call-backs for one-on-one interviews following the auditions.

How to prepare your audition and portfolio

Acting Auditions: Prepare two contrasting, memorized one-minute monologues from modern plays. If you are comfortable with Shakespeare, we would appreciate seeing 20-30 lines of a verse monologue or soliloquy. This can substitute for one of your contemporary monologues. The audition may also include improvisation and movement.

Music Theatre Auditions:  Prepare a one-minute monologue from a modern play, and sing 16-32 bars of two contrasting songs from a Broadway musical (memorized). You will need to provide your own recorded musical accompaniment at the National Unified Auditions. For on-campus auditions, please bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. You will also be asked to learn and perform a short dance combination and complete a vocal and piano sight-reading test.

Portfolio Reviews:

  • Designers, technicians, and stage managers should present examples of work in the form of photographs, prompt-scripts, slides, and/or drawings of productions on which you have worked. Examples of related skills (painting, drawing, sewing, handwork, woodworking, etc.) are also helpful.
  • Arts administration candidates should present a comprehensive resume, writing samples, and any photographs or examples of completed projects.

What to expect in the interview

All prospective students will interview with members of the faculty to assess skills and interests. The interview is an informal conversation that allows us a chance to get to know you and to discover what we have to offer each other.

Audition and Interview Schedule

June 23-28
International Thespian Festival
Nov. 14-15
*Iowa Theatre Festival
Nov. 22
*Moonified Auditions at Dallas, Texas
Dec. 6
Viterbo University
Jan. 8-10
Illinois Theatre Festival
Jan. 24
New York (National Unified Auditions)
Pearl Studios - Room 1205
500 8th Ave. – Between 35th and 36th Streets
Use this link to see a map of the studio spaces at Pearl:
Jan. 31
Viterbo University
Feb. 2-4 Chicago(National Unified Auditions)
Palmer House Hilton - Clark 5
17 East Monroe Street
Use this link to connect to the hotel website:
Feb. 5 *Las Vegas (Clark County Unified Auditions at Las Vegas Academy)
Feb. 7 Los Angeles (National Unified Auditions)
The Westin Los Angeles Airport - Board Room
5400 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, Calif. 90045
Use this link to connect to the hotel website:
Feb.15-16 Minnesota Thespian Festival (Minneapolis)
Feb. 21 Viterbo University
March 7 Viterbo University
*Auditions at these sites are scheduled by the organizers


Admission decisions and notification will be made in late March after our audition/interview process is complete.

Financial Aid

We work directly with you, your family, and the Office of Financial Aid to create the most comprehensive financial aid package available. Scholarships are based on talent, academic record, and leadership potential. Need-based grants and loans are also available to qualifying students. Financial aid packages will not be awarded until the student has been formally admitted to Viterbo University and has completed the audition/interview process.To be considered for a talent scholarship, you must to be accepted by the Office of Admission, and have completed your audition and interview by March 7, 2015.Facebook
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