Degree Auditions

Admission to our theatre programs require the completion of an audition for BFA Acting and BA Theatre & Performance applicants. Portfolio reviews are required for BA Theatre Design, Production and Technology applicants. All applicants will also be required to complete an interview with our faculty. We offer multiple options for completing these items. For more information call Neal McCollam at (312) 996-3991.


Due to the current situation with Covid-19, we will not be holidng any in-person auditions. All Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 applicants should submit their recorded audition materials via the portfolio option on the application status page. 

After you submit your application, you will receive an email that provides instructions on how to submit your recorded audition materials. In addition you will receive an email with instructions on how to schedule your interview, interviews will be available either in person or via zoom.  If you have any questions about this process, please email Neal McCollam at

Audition Requirements

BFA in Acting

  • Prepare two 2-minute contrasting contemporary monologues,

  • Submit a digital copy of your resume

BA in Theatre & Performance

  • 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

BA in Theatre Design, Production, & Technology

  • 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

After you submit your application you will receive an email from Admissions providing you with instructions on how to submit your recorded audition materials and a second email requesting you to schedule your interview  date. Audition materials should be submitted prior to your scheduled interview date. 

Here are the interview dates for Theatre applicants:

Monday Nov 15, 2021, from 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Mon Nov 22, 2021, from 3:00pm – 5:00pm (For early decision applicants) 

Saturday Jan 15, 2022, from 11:00am – 1:00pm

Monday Jan 24, 2022, from 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Monday Feb 21  2022, from 3:00pm – 6:00pm (Presidents day)

Saturday  March 5, 2022, from 11:00am – 1:00pm   

Monday April 4 2022, from 3:00pm - 6:00pm 

New Students must begin an online application, located here, by January 15. Transfer and re-admit students must apply by March 31.