Wayne State University

Admissions

How to apply

  1. Apply online - http://wayne.edu/apply
    • For admission consideration, submit the completed application, official transcripts and application fee as directed.
  2. To major in programs offered by the Department of Theatre and Dance, you must also be accepted into the Department of Theatre and Dance through the audition and registration process.
    • During your audition, you will be assessed for technique level placement. Upon acceptance, your dance faculty adviser will use the technique placement results when advising you about the appropriate courses for the school year. The Department of Theatre and Dance provides all of the information you need concerning audition dates and requirements and the names of faculty members in your area of interest.

Freshmen Orientation

Once you are admitted to Wayne State University, you will receive an invitation to participate in an orientation program for incoming freshmen.  Presentations at orientation will provide information about all aspects of student life at Wayne State.  You will also meet with your academic advisor and register for your first semester classes.  By the end of the orientation day, you should have everything taken care of to begin your college career.  Orientation is required for in-coming freshmen.

Transfer Orientation

Once you are admitted, you will receive an invitation to participate in an orientation program for transfer students. We urge you to attend. During your orientation session, the orientation team will provide you with a great deal of useful information about how things work at WSU and you will meet with your academic advisor, James Fortune, to register for classes.

Feel free to seek advising from James Fortune as soon as possible to discuss your educational goals and get the best advice about your actual course plan. We urge you to seek advising in your major department even before you receive the results of your transfer to Wayne State so that you can determine the courses that you will need and may even avoid any overlap with courses taken before coming to Wayne State.
Theatre Audition/Interview Registration Form

Master of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre Program Admission

To set up an appointment please call 313-577-3508 or email theatreanddance@wayne.edu

For each of the M.F.A. disciplines we require the following materials to be submitted with the application and in person:

Acting: 

Application: A headshot; a resume; 3 or 4 letters of recommendation; unofficial transcripts.                                                                                                                        

Audition requirements: Candidates for the acting program are required to audition in person. Each candidate must present two memorized audition pieces: a classical selection in verse and a modern or contemporary phrase piece. The total time of this presentation should not exceed four minutes. Candidates will be interviewed briefly following the audition.

Design (Scenic, Costume, and Lighting): 

Application: A resume; 3 or 4 letters of recommendation; unofficial transcripts; samples of design work (submitted electronically).                                                                                                                                                    

Interviewrequirements: Candidates for each of the design programs must bring a design portfolio. The portfolio should convey information about the ability of the candidate to express artistically, to be sensitive to the dramatic materials, to work with space, and to use color, form and research materials. Each piece in the portfolio must be marked with the candidate's name, the name of the play, the date of the piece, and whether it was realized in production.

Stage Management: 

Application: A resume; 3 or 4 letters of recommendation; unofficial transcripts; a sample of prompt book (submitted electronically).                                                                                                                                                                             

Interview requirements: Candidates for the Stage Management program are required to be interviewed in person. For the application, applicants are required to bring examples of their prompt books, writing, and other materials such as schedules and programs to support their candidacy.

Theatre Management: 

Application: A resume; 3 or 4 letters of recommendation; unofficial transcripts; 3 samples of writing (business letters, memos, press releases, brochures, term papers, etc.).

Interview requirements: Candidates for the Theatre Management program are required to be interviewed in person. For the application, applicants are required to bring samples of their writing — such as letters, brochures, and press releases — and other materials (such as layouts, videos, artwork, and budgets) to support their candidacy.

Admission is based off audition and/or interview and you must also be admitted by The Graduate School at Wayne State University: Graduate School Application

International students only: 

Most international students are required to pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). For more information about requirements for international students, go to The Office of International Students and Scholars or direct your questions to:

Office of International Students and Scholars
416 Welcome Center
42 W. Warren
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: 313-577-3422 Fax: 313-577-2962

Deadline for applications is generally mid-January and admission decisions are usually made by mid-March.

Applications are accepted, however, until all openings are filled.