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Entrance Auditions & Interviews


In order to be admitted into the BFA Acting, BFA Musical Theatre, and BFA Theatre Technology and Design programs at Northern Michigan University, students must complete an entrance audition or interview upon admission to NMU. The NMU Department of Theatre and Dance holds live auditions and interviews each year, and we also accept video submissions and individual interview requests.

The BA in Dance does not require an audition for acceptance into the program, but students must complete an audition for placement within the program, as well as for scholarships. 

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.

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2022-2023 Live Audition and Interview Dates


Location #1: Michigan Thespian Festival

December 10-11, 2021
Lansing, MI

Location #2: Northern Michigan University

February 12, 2022
Marquette, MI

Location #3: Walled Lake Northern High School

March 13, 2022
Walled Lake, MI

 

Registration for live auditions and interviews is now open! Please click here to register for your entrance audition/interview.

Scholarships

 

NMU Theatre and Dance Talent Scholarship applications are now closed. The deadline to apply for these scholarships was March 1st, 2022. We will begin to announce scholarship awards at the end of March, though the application process will remain open until all monies have been awarded. For maximum scholarship consideration, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. 

 

About Talent Scholarships


Each year, NMU Theatre and Dance Talent Scholarships are given to those who make (or have the potential to make) important contributions to the Department of Theatre and Dance at NMU. Theatre and dance majors and minors are eligible for $500 to $2000 per year in scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be required to participate in NMU Theatre and Dance productions throughout the year.

 

How to Apply


The NMU Theatre Talent Scholarship application has 2 main sections: general information and essay questions. Past scholarship recipients will also be required to list their production involvement for the past academic year. Click the link below to apply:

NMU Theatre Talent Scholarship 

 

The NMU Dance Talent Scholarship application has the same requirements as the Theatre Talent Scholarship, with the additional requirement of a video submission. Your video submission should include an introduction (your first and last name) and one solo piece of choreography in the style of your choice. Please introduce the piece with its title and choreographer. Click the link below to apply:

NMU Dance Talent Scholarship

 

Questions? 


Any questions about scholarships or scholarship applications can be directed to the Department of Theatre and Dance at nmutd@nmu.edu

Live Audition and Interview Requirements

 

The Department of Theatre and Dance at Northern Michigan University offers rolling admission for all programs. For maximum scholarship consideration, students are encouraged to audition/interview as early as possible. Please read the below carefully and email us at nmutd@nmu.edu with any questions or concerns!

 

BFA Acting Auditions


Please prepare the following:

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

2. One short contemporary monologue

3. One short classical monologue 

Your total audition should not exceed 2 minutes. Your audition time starts when you begin your first piece. A short interview with our faculty may also be required after your audition. Please be prepared to discuss your interest in the BFA Acting program at NMU as well as any past experience. 

 

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. A speaker and aux cord will be available; students should bring their phone or computer with an instrumental track. A short interview with our faculty may also be required after your audition. Please be prepared to discuss your interest in the BFA Musical Theatre program at NMU as well as any past experience. 

 

BFA Theatre Technology and Design Interviews


Interviews will be held with the NMU Theatre and Dance tech and design faculty. Each interview will last between five and ten minutes. Please be prepared to talk about your interest in the BFA Theatre Technology and Design program at NMU, as well as your specific technical interests and any past technical and/or design experience.

 

BA Dance Auditions


The BA in Dance does not require an audition for acceptance into the program, but students must complete an audition for placement within the program, as well as for scholarships. Auditions may be done in-person by appointment, in-person during an audition event, or via video submission. Please prepare a solo movement piece in any genre (including improvisation). This piece should be at least one minute in length. A short interview may be required after your movement audition. Please be prepared to talk about your interest in the BA Dance program at NMU as well as any past dance experience.

Video Auditions and Virtual Interviews

 

The Department of Theatre and Dance at Northern Michigan University offers rolling admission for all programs. For maximum scholarship consideration, students are encouraged to audition/interview as early as possible. Please read the below carefully and email us at nmutd@nmu.edu with any questions or concerns!

 

BFA Acting Video Auditions


Please prepare the following:

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

2. One short contemporary monologue

3. One short classical monologue 

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. Please submit your registration, audition video, and any additional materials here.

Suggested additional materials:

- Resume

- Headshot

Additional materials are not required but are encouraged if you have them. Any additional materials can be uploaded through your registration form.

 

BFA Musical Theatre Video 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. Please submit your registration, audition video, and any additional materials here.

Suggested additional materials:

- Resume

- Headshot

Additional materials are not required but are encouraged if you have them. Any additional materials can be uploaded through your registration form.

 

BFA Theatre Technology and Design Virtual Interviews


Interviews will be held via Zoom with the tech and design faculty of the NMU Theatre and Dance Department. Each interview will last between five and ten minutes. Please be prepared to talk about your interest in the BFA Theatre Technology and Design program at NMU, as well as your specific technical interests and any past technical and/or design experience. Please submit your registration, interview request, and any additional materials 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 uploaded through your registration form.

 

BA Dance Video Auditions


The BA in Dance does not require an audition for acceptance into the program, but students must complete an audition for placement within the program, as well as for scholarships. Please prepare a solo movement piece in any genre (including improvisation). This piece should be at least one minute in length. A short virtual interview may be required after your movement audition. Interviews will be held via Zoom, and you should be prepared to talk about your interest in the BA Dance program at NMU as well as any past dance experience. Please submit your registration, audition video, and any additional materials here.

Questions about the dance program can be directed to Jill Grundstrom 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 uploaded through your registration form.