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Theatre Degree Auditions

Theatre Degree Auditions

Admission to our theatre programs requires the completion of an audition for BFA Acting and BA Theatre and Performance applicants. Portfolio reviews are required for BA Theatre Design, Production, and Technology applicants. We offer multiple options for completing these items. For more information call Neal McCollam at 312-996-3991.

Spring and Fall 2024 Audition Instructions

After you submit your application, you will receive an email that provides instructions on how to schedule your audition or portfolio review. It is encouraged that you come to campus to audition/interview if possible. If you are unable to audition/ or review your portfolio in person, there will be an option to submit recorded audition or portfolio materials. If you have any questions about this process, please email Neal McCollam at

Monday, November 13, 3:30pm -6:00pm (Early action and Spring 24 transfer applicants)

Monday, November 20, 3:30pm – 6:00pm (Early action and Spring 24 transfer applicants)

Saturday, January 20,  11:00am -1:00pm 

Monday, January 29, 3:30pm -6:00pm

Monday, February 5, 3:30pm – 6:00pm 

Monday, February19, 3:30pm -6:00pm 

Saturday, March 2, 11:00am – 1:00pm 

Audition Requirements


  • Prepare two 2-minute contrasting contemporary monologues,
  • Submit a digital copy of your resume


  • Select one of the following options:
    • Performance of a dramatic or comedic monologue (2 min) 
    • One minute of spoken word, poetry, or storytelling (self-composed or otherwise) Non-text performance is OK (movement, voice, silent improvisation.)
    • Reading from a 2 min excerpt of a play you have written or adapted (bring three copies for faculty.)
    • Be prepared to discuss your work
  • Submit a digital copy of your resume


  • Interview and presentation of student’s portfolio; your interview will be an opportunity for you to share with our theatre design faculty examples of your work and to discuss your plans for pursuing your educational and professional artistic development here at the UIC School of Theatre & Music. Please call if you have questions on examples of work you would like to share, 312-996-3991.
  • Submit a digital copy of your resume