Theatre Reviews

An audition is required for all theatre majors.
  • Theatre Arts: Reviews will consist of an interview and essay review
  • Theatre Design & Technology: Reviews will consist of an interview and portfolio review
  • Musical Theatre auditions »

Requirements

  • Submit the appropriate application: First-time students | Transfer students
  • Theatre Reviews are required before applicant notification, as Nazareth accepts students directly to their programs.
  • Schedule your audition
    • Timing: Auditions are held from fall to spring. All audition dates will close two weeks prior, so please register early.
    • Format: In-person, with a virtual option if you cannot make it to one of our in-person dates. For a virtual option, email Amanda Brady at abrady8@naz.edu.
  • Upload any relevant materials to your Admissions Dashboard

Schedule Your Review

Select an audition date

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After registering, you will need to provide additional materials. These should be uploaded through your Admissions Dashboard. Submit your materials at least one week before your scheduled audition day.

  • Theatre Arts: theatrical resume, headshot, essay
  • Theatre Design & Technology: theatrical resume

Virtual review

Nazareth will coordinate with you a Zoom review. Theatre design & technology majors must upload a portfolio/essay to their Admissions Dashboard at least one week prior to the interview.

Please email Amanda Brady at abrady8@naz.edu if you’d like to pursue this option.


Audition Process

Theatrical Resume

  • Should include minimum three productions worth of experience
  • Should highlight leadership/supervisory positions
  • Should show us what you feel is your best work
  • References (examples): directors, theatre advisor, immediate supervisor, any professional or community theatre personnel
  • Addresses and phone numbers of individuals chosen as references

Theatre Arts

Essay guidelines

Your essay should be 3–4 pages, double-spaced, in 12 pt. font. Include your name, date, and title on the first page (no cover page) in the upper left corner.

As the subject of your essay, select an artist of the theater (actor, designer, playwright, etc.) about whose work you are passionate. The essay should include an introduction, at least three paragraphs in the body, and a closing that assesses the strengths and weaknesses of your chosen artist. Questions to consider might include:

  • What about their work affects you?
  • What makes their work rise to the level of “art?”
  • What does their art say about the world in which it was created?

If you have any questions about the essay, please email Matt Ames, mames7@naz.edu.

Interview

On your scheduled review date, you will complete an interview with theatre & dance department faculty and talk about your completed essay. There will be an opportunity at the end of the session to ask questions.

Theatre Design & Technology

Portfolio guidelines
Costume design
Lighting design
Scenic design
Sound design
Stage management
Technical directing
Portfolio tips

You have a lot of flexibility in what you put in your theatre portfolio.

Show yourself as an artist. That may be through drafting, renderings, and resume — but it might also be through photography, painting, drawing, sketching, doodling, and simple communication of your passion for the art form.

It's common to have various experiences and twists in the path to your future career(s), and that's OK. Show your willingness to try new things.

Bonus: An exceptional audition or portfolio submission may qualify you for a talent scholarship. If you are selected, the scholarship appears on your financial aid award letter.

Portfolio examples
Interview

On your scheduled review date, you will complete an interview with theatre & dance department faculty and talk about your portfolio:

  • Verbal explanations of portfolio pieces
  • Responsibilities for productions presented
  • Design concepts
  • Personal design process
  • Discoveries which occurred during pre-production process (building)
  • Critical analysis and self evaluation of your work
  • Responses to questions which reveal your knowledge and understanding of theatre
  • Personal philosophy and goals as an artist of the theatre

There will be an opportunity at the end of the session to ask questions.

Questions?

For technology issues, questions about the admissions process, or questions regarding your application:

For questions related to the theatre & dance department or audition material:

Scholarships

An exceptional audition or portfolio submission may qualify you for a theatre scholarship. If you are selected, the scholarship appears on your financial aid award letter.