2021-2022 Regional Program and Scholarship Auditions & Interviews


The Department of Theatre and Dance will be holding live virtual auditions and interviews for our BFA Musical Theatre, BFA Theatre Technology and Design, and BA Dance programs, as well as scholarship auditions for all theatre and dance programs for the 2021-22 academic year. We will also be accepting video submissions for our programs and scholarships. These auditions and interviews are for students who will begin college in the fall of 2021.

PLEASE NOTE: While any prior theatre/dance experience is preferred, it is certainly not required to audition or interview for our department. We understand that not all students have had access to these opportunities and will consider students of all backgrounds and experience levels for our programs and scholarships. Additionally, if you are having any difficulty accessing equipment to film your audition or virtually interview, or if you need to request special accommodations, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at 906-227-2760 or nmutd@nmu.edu.

 

Registration is now live! Please register for your preferred live event here. Students attending the Michigan Thespian Festival or the Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival must be separately registered for those events, but should still register at the link above so that we have their information. Students submitting video auditions should fill out this registration form.

2021-22 live virtual audition/interview dates are below:

 

Location #1

Michigan Thespian Festival

Dates: Friday, December 4th and Saturday, December 5th, 2020
Location: Virtual

 

Location #2

Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival

Dates: Friday, December 11th and Saturday, December 12th, 2020
Location: Virtual

 

Location #3

Northern Michigan University Round 1

Date: Saturday, December 12th, 2020
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Virtual

 

Location #4

Northern Michigan University Round 2

Date: Saturday, January 16th, 2021
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Virtual

 

Location #5

Northern Michigan University Round 3

Date: Saturday, March 20th, 2021
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Virtual

 

What to Prepare


Musical Theatre

Students will have 1-2 minutes to perform a monologue and a cutting of a song. Songs should be in the musical theatre style. 

Theatre Technology & Design

Students will have a short interview to discuss their interest in the program and any past experience. 

Dance

We will not be holding live virtual auditions for the BA Dance program; please scroll down to view the video submission guidelines.

Scholarship Auditions

Students who are not interested in any of the above programs, but who are interested in the BA in Theatre & Entertainment Arts and would like to be considered for scholarships, will still need to audition/interview. Acting focused students will have 1-2 minutes to perform two contrasting monologues. Musical theatre focused students will have 1-2 minutes to perform a monologue and a cutting of a song. Tech and design students will have a short interview to discuss their interest in the program and any past experience.

Please see the websites for the Michigan Thespian Festival and Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival to learn more about those events and how to register. Register for your live virtual audition/interview here.


Video Submissions


In addition to holding live virtual auditions, we will also be accepting video submissions for our BFA Musical Theatre, BFA Theatre Technology and Design, and BA Dance programs, as well as video submissions for scholarships for all of our programs. Please read the below carefully and email us at nmutd@nmu.edu with any questions or concerns!
 

BFA Musical Theatre Auditions


Please prepare the following:

1. Slate - state your full name and the names of the pieces you will be performing

2. One short monologue

3. One 16-32 bar cutting of a song in the musical theatre style

Your total audition should not exceed 2 minutes. Your audition time starts when you begin your first piece. Please film yourself from the waist up in a quiet location free from distraction or background noise. If possible, please film yourself in front of a plain wall or background. Please film yourself in a well-lit location. Video submissions should be sent in the form of a YouTube link to nmutd@nmu.edu. Students auditioning via video will also need to fill out a registration form; register for your video audition here.

Suggested additional materials:

- Resume

- Headshot

Additional materials are not required but are encouraged if you have them. Any additional materials can be sent along with your video submission to nmutd@nmu.edu
 

BFA Theatre Technology & Design Interviews


Interviews will be held via Zoom with the tech and design faculty of the NMU Theatre and Dance Department. They will last about ten minutes each and students should be prepared to talk about their interest in the program and any past technical and/or design experience. To request a video interview, students will need to fill out a registration form; register for your video interview here.

Suggested additional materials: 

- Resume

- Portfolio

- Pictures of past work

Additional materials are not required but are encouraged if you have them. Any additional materials can be sent to nmutd@nmu.edu as PDF attachments. 
 

BA Dance Auditions


Please submit a formal or informal video of you dancing in any style. Please make sure that we can clearly see you in the video. If you are submitting a video with other dancers in it, please make sure to identify which dancer you are. Videos should be a minute to 90 seconds long. Students auditioning via video will also need to fill out a registration form; register for your video audition here.

After you submit your audition video, you will be contacted to do an interview with our Dance Program Director, Jill Grundstrom, via Zoom or over the phone. Students should be prepared to talk about their interest in the program and any past dance experience. Questions about the program can be directed to Jill at jgrundst@nmu.edu.

Suggested additional materials:

- Headshot

Additional materials are not required but are encouraged if you have them. Any additional materials can be sent to nmutd@nmu.edu


Scholarship Auditions


Students who are not interested in any of the above programs, but who are interested in the BA in Theatre & Entertainment Arts and would like to be considered for scholarships, will still need to audition/interview. Please see below for more information on what to prepare.
 

BA Theatre - Acting Focused


Please prepare the following:

1. Slate - state your full name and the names of the pieces you will be performing

2. Two contrasting monologues

Your total audition should not exceed 2 minutes. Your audition time starts when you begin your first piece. Please film yourself from the waist up in a quiet location free from distraction or background noise. If possible, please film yourself in front of a plain wall or background. Please film yourself in a well-lit location. Video submissions should be sent in the form of a YouTube link to nmutd@nmu.edu. Students auditioning via video will also need to fill out a registration form; register for your video audition here.

Suggested additional materials:

- Resume

- Headshot

Additional materials are not required but are encouraged if you have them. Any additional materials can be sent along with your video submission to nmutd@nmu.edu
 

BA Theatre - Musical Theatre Focused


Please prepare the following:

1. Slate - state your full name and the names of the pieces you will be performing

2. One short monologue

3. One 16-32 bar cutting of a song in the musical theatre style

Your total audition should not exceed 2 minutes. Your audition time starts when you begin your first piece. Please film yourself from the waist up in a quiet location free from distraction or background noise. If possible, please film yourself in front of a plain wall or background. Please film yourself in a well-lit location. Video submissions should be sent in the form of a YouTube link to nmutd@nmu.edu. Students auditioning via video will also need to fill out a registration form; register for your video audition here.

Suggested additional materials:

- Resume

- Headshot

Additional materials are not required but are encouraged if you have them. Any additional materials can be sent along with your video submission to nmutd@nmu.edu


BA Theatre - Tech & Design Focused


Interviews will be held via Zoom with the tech and design faculty of the NMU Theatre and Dance Department. They will last about ten minutes each and students should be prepared to talk about their interest in the program and any past technical and/or design experience. To request a video interview, students will need to fill out a registration form; register for your video interview here.

Suggested additional materials: 

- Resume

- Portfolio

- Pictures of past work

Additional materials are not required but are encouraged if you have them. Any additional materials can be sent to nmutd@nmu.edu as PDF attachments.