Wayne State University


Admission to the Program (B.A. and B.F.A.)

All applicants for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) program with a major in theatre must satisfy the general academic requirements for admission to the University.  In addition all applicants interested in the Acting program must also audition.  All applicants interested in the Design/Technical Theatre program must participate in an interview.

To apply to the University please visit www.admissions.wayne.edu.

Theatre Program Audition/Interview Dates

December 2, 2017

February 17, 2018

April 21, 2018

If you cannot participate in on campus audition/interview dates for Fall 2018 admission, please email theatre_recruit@wayne.edu for an alternate audition/interview method and fill out the Audition/Interview Form

Please contact Jill Dion, theatre_recruit@wayne.edu or 313-577-3010 with any questions that you may have.

Departmental scholarships

In addition to admission you will also be considered for a scholarship including a number of four-year scholarships to promising young theatre students.  Awards are available in both the performance (acting) and the production (scenic, lighting, costume, and stage management) areas.

The audition/interview process

Acting auditions:
You should select, prepare and memorize two selections, each approximately two minutes in length, from plays with which you are familiar.  One should be a role of the type you think best suits you, while the other should display your skills in characterization.  Make sure you do not exceed your total time limit of four minutes.

You may add 30 seconds to your allotted time for a musical audition.  Only select this option if your gifts are exceptional.  No musical accompaniment will be provided for singers, but you may bring a CD.

Design/Tech Theatre Interviews: (costume, scenic, lighting design and stage management)
The student is encouraged to have a teacher accompany him/her and to display and discuss his/her work.  Please feel free to bring any renderings of costumes or set designs, models, light plots, prompt books, production photographs, ect.  If your technical theatre experience has been largely or exclusively in construction, that is perfectly acceptable.  Most importantly, this is an opportunity for you and your instructor and/or parent to report on your accomplishments, interests and goals, and to ask questions about our program.

Some tips on auditioning

Selection material:
Seek materials in all cases that demonstrate your basic performance skills: clear speech, animated movement, the ability to characterize.  Generally, a monologue which is in the dramatic present-tense rather than story-telling is more suitable for audition.  Soliloquies are ready-made audition selections, but are not found too often in contemporary literature.  You may find excellent material in a dialogue scene with another character that, by changing a few lines to incorporate their questions or lines as rhetorical questions, will allow you to speak the entire piece to an imaginary partner.  Consult your teachers for help in making your selection and preparing your audition.  Evidence of imagination and preparation will be considered as part of your audition.

  • You will be ushered into the space by a stage manager who will announce your name.
  • You will announce your selections, either before you begin, or immediately preceding each piece.  Give only play title, author, and character portrayed.
  • A rehearsal chair and table will be provided.  Do not use any props or costumes.  You should be well, but modestly, dressed, in clothes that provide ease of movement.
  • Place your imaginary characters downstage of you so that you work full front for as much of your audition as possible.
  • Do not seek to make eye contact with auditioners.

As nerve-racking as auditions always are, remember that all watching you are hoping you will do exceptionally well.

Theatre Audition/Interview Schedule (Tentative)

10:00-10:30 Registration (Please arrive 10 minutes early to check in)

            Studio D(3372)                     

10:30 – 11:00 Department Presentation/Q&A

11:00 Auditions/Interviews

            Studio C(3343)/Seminar Room

11:00 Parent Q&A

            Malbin Library

Studio D is located in 4841 Cass Ave. (Old Main) on the third floor.  Please use the entrance located on Hancock St. between Cass Ave. and Second Ave. or the main entrance on Cass Ave. and take the elevator to the third floor.


The closest visitor parking is Structure 6 (61 Putnam, Detroit, 48202): http://maps.wayne.edu/#guest-parking-structure6. You access this structure from Cass Avenue. Once on Cass, you turn onto Putnam which is a one-way street. When you see the entrance to the parking structure, proceed to the last entrance (the one closest to Woodward Avenue). It should be marked "Visitor."

Admission to the M.F.A. Program

Acting, Costume Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Stage Management and Theatre Management Students:

Each admitted company member in the above areas are awarded a Graduate Research Assistantship to Wayne State Unviersity.  Furthermore, all tuition and all direct fees are paid for by the department and/or university.  The student's only monetary obligation is the application fee that is required when the student applies to the university.  Course fees and book costs will apply in most situations.

For the 2017-18 Academic year the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance will be seeking MFA candidates in the following areas:

Acting, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Scenic Design, Stage Management and Theatre Management

Financial package for the 2015-16 academic year:

  • Tuition and Fee Waivers (10 credit hours/semester) $27,649
  • Medical and Dental Insurance $5,052
  • Assistantship Stipend $17,994
  • Maximum Month in Moscow Scholarship Award $3,000
  • Total: $53,695*

*TBD based on University protocol


Regional audition/interview information:

LINK Conference Atlanta (Scenery, Costume, Lighting Design & Stage Management)

Nov  10-12, 2017


URTA New York (Stage management)

Jan 19-22, 2018


URTA Chicago (Scenery, Costume, Lighting Design & Stage Management)

Jan 25-28, 2018


SETC (Scenery, Costume, Lighting Design & Stage Management)

March 8-10, 2018


USITT (Scenery, Costume, Lighting Design & Stage Management)

Fort Lauderdale, FL

March 14-17, 2018


To set up an audition/interview or for more information about applying to the M.F.A  program, call (313) 577-3508 or email jchavez@wayne.edu.