Wayne State University

Theatre Audition and Interview Information

Interested in getting your Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance, Design/Tech (Costume, Scene, Lighting)or Stage Management? Join us for one of our Audition and Interview Dates below.
Looking for information on our Master of Fine Arts programs? Click here!

 

Upcoming Undergraduate Audition and Interview Dates

Audition Dates Start Time Facebook Event Register
Saturday, January 19* 10 a.m. Facebook Event Register
Saturday, April 13* 10 a.m. Facebook Event

Register

* = for students planning to begin in the Fall 2019 semester

All prospective Theatre and Dance at Wayne students must RSVP for an Audition or Interview. 

If you cannot participate in on-campus audition/interview dates for Fall 2019 admission, please contact  theatre_recruit@wayne.edu.

 

Audition and Interview Process

Performance Auditions (Acting & Musical Theatre)

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.

Click here to watch an example theatre audition.

You may add 30 seconds to your allotted time for a musical audition.  There is no musical accompaniment provided for singers but you may bring your phone or a laptop that has your accompaniment recorded on it. 

Click here to watch an example theatre audition with song.

Theatre Design and Technology Interviews (costume, scenic, lighting design and stage management)

The student is highly encouraged to bring any renderings of costumes or set designs, models, light plots, prompt books, production photographs, etc.  If your technical theatre experience has been largely or exclusively in construction, that is perfectly acceptable.  Most importantly, this is an opportunity for you to report on your accomplishments, interests, and goals and to ask questions about our program.

 

Audition Tips

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 the 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 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)

Time Event
10:00 a.m. — 10:15 a.m. Registration
10:15 a.m. — 10:30 a.m. Greeting
10:30 a.m. — end Auditions, Interviews, and Parent Q&A

Location information: Audition/Interviews are located at  4841 Cass Ave. (Old Main) on the third floorPlease 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.

 

Visitor Parking

The closest visitor parking is Structure 6 (61 Putnam, Detroit, 48202). You access this structure from Cass Avenue. Once on Cass, 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."