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Entrance Auditions & Interviews


In order to be admitted into the 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 requires an audition for placement in 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 11-12, 2022
Marquette, MI

Location #3: Walled Lake

March 11-12, 2022
Walled Lake, MI

 

Registration for live auditions and interviews is not yet available. Please check back soon!

Scholarships

 

Scholarship opportunities will be made available by February 1, 2022, with applications opening the same day. 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. 

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. You must be admitted to Northern Michigan University prior to auditioning or interviewing with the Department of Theatre and Dance.

 

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. An accompanist will be available; students should provide their own printed and clearly marked sheet music. 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 requires an audition for placement in 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

 

Please read the below carefully and email us at nmutd@nmu.edu with any questions or concerns!

 

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. We are not yet accepting video submissions for 2022-23; please check back soon for a registration link!

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. We are not yet accepting requests for virtual interviews for 2022-23; please check back soon for a registration link!

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 requires an audition for placement in 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. We are not yet accepting requests for virtual interviews for 2022-23; please check back soon for a registration link!

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.