Auditions

Upcoming Undergraduate Audition and Interview Dates 

  • Nov. 6th, 10 am-1 pm on campus at Old Main 
  • Jan. 29th, 10 am-1 pm on campus at Old Main 
  • Apr. 9th, 10 am-1 pm on campus at Old Main 
  • or Submit by distance audition (video submission) 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please bring a face mask to your in-person audition/interview. 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 audition and interview. 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 attend an in-house interview or interview by distance audition. 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 in person, they must choose between our three in-house 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 an in-person audition 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 in person, they must choose between our three in-house dates.   

Applicants should select, prepare, and memorize two selections 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 2 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 with 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 before you begin.  Give only the play title, and playwright. If you have prepared a song give the musical, composer, and lyricist. 
  • 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 the auditors. 

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


Directions and Parking 

Auditions and interviews will take place on campus in the Old Main building. 
4841 Cass Ave 
Detroit, MI 48201 

You MUST enter the building through the entrance located on Hancock Street.  Follow the signs to the elevator and head up to the 4th floor.  We will be waiting there to greet you. 

Parking 

There are many metered spots on the Old Main adjacent streets however, the best option is to park in a paid lot or structure.  Here are some options: 

  • Park N Lock located on Cass Avenue between Forest and Hancock 
  • Surface lot on corner of Hancock and Cass 
  • WSU Parking Structure 8, located at 91 West Forest between Woodward and Cass 

 

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Are you interested in shadowing a current stage management, design, or performance student?  Register for our Warrior for a Day program. Warrior For a Day Registration Form 


Questions?

E-mail Theatre Recruitment