Auditions

Upcoming Undergraduate Audition and Interview Dates

  • Nov. 14th, 10 am-1 pm Informational Session and Live Audition/Interview via Zoom
  • Jan. 30th, 10 am-1 pm Informational Session and Live Audition/Interview via Zoom
  • Apr. 10th, 10 am-1 pm Informational Session and Live Audition/Interview via Zoom
  • or submit by distance audition (video submission)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, auditions for the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance are now being processed by video submission or by virtual audition/interview ONLY. In order to be considered for admission and a scholarship, all prospective Theatre and Dance at Wayne students must submit a completed Theatre Audition Registration form.

We know that this is a challenging time for all students, teachers, and artists. The faculty at Wayne State is looking forward to reviewing your submission. We have many scholarships to award and are excited to recruit our next class. 

-The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance  


Audition and Interview Process

Theatre Design and Technology Interviews (Costume, Scene, Lighting Design and Stage Management)

All design applicants must fill out a Theatre Audition Registration Form. In this form, applicants must choose to interview by distance audition or attend a virtual informational session and interview. If an applicant chooses to interview by distance audition, a recruitment coordinator will contact the applicant by email to set up an interview time. If an applicant chooses to interview virtually, they must choose between our three virtual dates. 

Applicants are 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.

Performance Auditions (Acting & Musical Theatre)

All acting and musical theatre applicants must fill out a Theatre Audition Registration Form. In this form, applicants must choose to interview by distance audition or attend a virtual informational session and interview. If an applicant chooses to interview by distance audition, they will upload their audition videos to the theatre registration form. If an applicant chooses to interview virtually, they must choose between our three virtual dates.  

Applicants 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. There is no musical accompaniment provided for singers but you may bring your phone or a laptop that has your accompaniment recorded on it.

Performance 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 that 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.  

When auditioning:

  • You will announce your selections, either before you begin, or immediately preceding each piece. Give only the play title, and playwright.
  • 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.


Questions?

E-mail Theatre Recruitment