Theatre & Music Theatre Department

Future Students

Auditions and Interviews

All theatre, music theatre and arts administration applicants complete a live, in-person audition and interview.

Auditions are scheduled within our on-line audition platform at Accept. Here you submit a digital portfolio, your audition registration form, and choose your audition date and location.

At Viterbo, your Acceptd portfolio is not a prescreen. We use it to get to know you before your live audition and it allows us to share your work with faculty who are not present for your audition.

Audition slots fill quickly. Your Acceptd portfolio must be submitted before your audition date and time can be confirmed. 

 

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 admission@viterbo.edu. 

Application and audition/interview process:

  • Step 1: Apply to Viterbo University.
  • Step 2: Submit your digital portfolio and indicate your preferred audition/interview date and location at Acceptd. Instructions are in the “Start an Audition Registration Form” on the left side of our Acceptd welcome page. Submit your portfolio promptly to insure you get the time that works best for you.
  • Step 3: Upon Submission of your completed portfolio, Anna Meier will schedule you within Acceptd and message you to confirm your time. Our audition schedule is posted below.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Anna at (608) 796-3760, or email her at ammeier@viterbo.edu.
  • Step 4: Prepare for your audition and/or interview using the guidelines below.
Note: If you are attending Moonifieds, your schedule will be determined through the Moonified registration and not through Viterbo's Acceptd account.

A $30 payment to Acceptd is the only fee in our application process.

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 2017-2018

Dec. 2 Viterbo University Campus
Jan. 20 Viterbo University Campus
Jan. 20-21 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: http://pearlstudiosnyc.com/
Feb. 5-8

Chicago (National Unified Auditions)
Palmer House Hilton--Room: Clark 5 on 7th floor
17 East Monroe Street
Use this link to connect to the hotel website: www.palmerhousehiltonhotel.com

Feb. 10

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: http://www.westinlosangelesairport.com/

Feb. 17 Viterbo University Campus
March 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. A dance call will be held at all on-campus auditions and at the Chicago Unified audition site.

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.

Notification

We'll let you know your admissions status within 2-3 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.

Questions

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