Theatre Arts Interview and Audition Information
student wishing to enroll as a Theatre Arts major at Marquette University must
interview and/or audition with members of the theatre faculty prior to
admission to the program. Prospective Theatre Arts majors will not be
officially accepted into the department until this important interview process
is completed. Of course, enrolled
Marquette students may participate provisionally until they are accepted as a
Theatre Arts major.
interview/audition process provides the theatre faculty with an opportunity to
better know each prospective student’s theatrical experience and talents,
educational goals, and career expectations.
We are looking for talent and skill, but also for the “right fit.”
University Theatre Arts attends the National Thespian Festival each summer in
Lincoln Nebraska. You may audition for the Theatre Arts program at the
festival, but understand that acceptance to Marquette University is a separate
and necessary step to becoming an MU Theatre Arts major. Application to Marquette University is free
and can be completed online. (Application deadline is December 1st.)
Preparing for Audition
performers) Please, prepare 2 contrasting one-minute monologues. In addition, if you would like to present a
section of a song or dance piece, you may have an additional 2 minutes. On Scholarship
Day (see below under Audition Dates) an accompanist will be provided. For other audition dates, you must provide
your own, recorded accompaniment.
designers/technicians/stage managers) Please, prepare a portfolio or “scrap
book” of your work to date. This can
include photos and sketches, process shots and completed results. Designers can include artwork, models or
samples of work. Stage managers might
include prompt books and/or organizational documents used in production. Be prepared to talk us through the highlights
of your portfolio (in approx. 10 minutes).
[These materials will not be kept.]
present a resume or list of previous theatrical and related experiences. (Related experiences can include such items
as: dance, movement, acrobatics, yoga, art classes, art/craft projects,
musicianship, choir, etc.) Be prepared
to talk us briefly through the highlights of your resume.
provide one reference regarding your work as a theatre artist. This can be a teacher, drama coach, director
or other. This reference with current
contact information can be listed on your resume.
present a headshot or recent photo (to be kept in your file).
interview portion allows you to share more about your personality and interests
other than theatre. Please, be prepared
to talk about successes and challenges, your future aspirations, and feel free
to ask questions about Marquette Theatre Arts.
Scheduled Program Audition Dates
October 9, 2016
February 18, 2017
April 2, 2017
Marquette University Open House
Marquette Theatre Arts Scholarship Day
Marquette University Admitted Student Day
ideal date to audition, if possible is our Scholarship Day; audition for the
program, take tours, participate in activities, meet student/staff, and compete
for talent scholarships, all in one day.
If none of the scheduled audition dates work with your schedule, we will
be happy to try and accommodate your availability. The department will accept video taped
auditions that meet the above specifications for acceptance purposes only – all Scholarship auditions must be done on campus, in
person, on the Marquette Theatre Arts Scholarship Audition Day.
cases, you must schedule an interview/audition time in advance.
To schedule your Program Interview/Audition
participate in any of the scheduled Program Audition/Interview dates, or to
schedule an alternative date, please contact:
Cheatham, head of Marquette Theatre Arts recruitment at email@example.com
send an online Program Audition Request