Theatre & Music Theatre Department

Future Students

Auditions and Interviews

A live, in-person audition and interview is required for all prospective theatre and music theatre majors. Our selective admission process also requires that you submit a digital portfolio via our on-line audition platform at Acceptd at least one week prior to your live audition. Go to for details on submitting your digital portfolio.

Admission is based on talent, academic ability, and potential for success in a theatre-related career. Only students who have applied and who have been admitted to the university by our Admissions Office are eligible for admission to the Theatre & Music Theatre Department.  If you are unsure of your application status, please contact the Admissions Office at (608) 796-3010 or 

Here’s how it works:

  • Step 1: Apply to Viterbo University using our online application.
  • Step 2: Schedule your audition by emailing our administrative assistant, Anna Meier with the date and location you prefer. She'll confirm the time in an email reply. Our audition schedule is posted below.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Anna at (608) 796-3760, or email her at
  • Step 3:  Submit your Acceptd portfolio for the degree program to which you are applying. Instructions for how to prepare your digital portfolio are in the “Start an Application” box on our Acceptd page.
  • Step 4: Prepare for your audition and/or interview using the guidelines below.
A note about your ACCEPTD portfolio:  Your Acceptd portfolio is NOT A PRESCREEN. We want to meet you in person! Your digital portfolio helps us get to know you before your live audition/interview, and allows us to share your work with faculty who may not get to meet you face-to-face. 

Audition Options

  • On-campus Auditions offer the most comprehensive experience. You'll meet faculty and students, visit classes, see a show or rehearsal, and tour the campus.
  • National Unified Auditions provide an opportunity to audition in a major theatre city that's most convenient for you - New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles.

Audition and Interview Schedule 2016-2017

Dec. 2 Viterbo University Campus
Jan. 20 Viterbo University Campus
Jan. 21-22 New York (National Unified Auditions)
Pearl Studios
500 8th Ave. between 35th and 36th Street on the 4th floor
Use this link to see a map of the studio spaces at Pearl:
Feb. 6-9

Chicago (National Unified Auditions)
Palmer House Hilton
17 East Monroe Street
Use this link to connect to the hotel website:

Feb. 11

Los Angeles (National Unified Auditions)
The Westin Los Angeles Airport
5400 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, Calif. 90045
Use this link to connect to the hotel website:

Feb. 17 Viterbo University Campus
Mar. 3 Viterbo University Campus

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.

Theatre Education and BA majors will interview with faculty, and may choose to do an acting audition or present a portfolio, or both.

What to expect in the interview

The interview is an informal conversation with members of the Theatre & Music Theatre faculty. The goal is to get to know you--your interests, ambitions and dreams for college and beyond. It's also an opportunity for you to learn more about us. Ultimately, it's a chance for you and our faculty to discover what we have to offer each other. So bring your questions.


We'll let you know your admissions status within 1-2 weeks after your audition/interview. 

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 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 insure eligibility for a talent scholarship, you must be accepted by the Office of Admission, and have completed your audition and interview by our last published audition date.


Email Rick Walters, Director of Recruitment, or call (608) 796-3793.