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2018 - 2019 Audition Dates: 

  • December 1, 2018
  • January 19, 2019
  • February 9, 2019
  • February 23, 2019
  • March 23, 2019
  • April 27, 2019

Once a student has applied and been accepted by the University, interviews and auditions or portfolio reviews should be scheduled online or through the Admissions Office. Alternate audition and portfolio review dates are available upon request. Applicants wishing to compete for merit-based scholarships should complete the process prior to February 25. 

Theatre & Dance Program Admission & Scholarship Requirements

In addition to the University's requirements for admission, most theatre and dance majors must successfully complete an interview and audition or portfolio review with members of the theatre and dance faculty to be admitted into the Theatre & Dance Department. This process also makes students eligible to compete for performing arts scholarships

The interview is an opportunity for the faculty to meet you and learn about your past experiences in theatre and/or dance, your future aspirations, and your expectations for your university education and training. We strive to make this process as comfortable as possible so we can see you at your best. Be prepared to be yourself and be honest and open about your future goals. 

Seton Hill will usually notify you of the results of your interview and audition within two weeks. (Campus tours are not a part of the audition process, but you can schedule one here.)

Theatre Admission & Scholarship Requirements

Theatre Arts (B.A.) & Theatre Business (B.A.) 

While students interested in majoring in theatre arts or theatre business are not required to audition or present a portfolio for acceptance into the Theatre and Dance Department, those who wish to compete for theatre scholarships must do so. It is your decision which process to choose; you may complete an audition or a portfolio review. The requirements for auditions can be found below under either Theatre Performance or Musical Theatre (either type of audition is fine).  The requirements for a portfolio review can be found below under theatre design and technology.

Theatre Design & Technology (B.A.) 

There is no portfolio review requirement to be admitted into the Theatre & Dance Department for theatre design majors, however, you must have a portfolio reviewed to apply for a theatre scholarship. Your portfolio review is an opportunity for the faculty to learn about the kinds of work you have done in theatre thus far and for you to showcase your artistic skills. Your portfolio should contain drawings, elevations, renderings, production books, programs and/or photographs of the scenic, costume, makeup, or lighting work you may have helped construct on past productions. Examples or photos of other artwork, carpentry, or sewing skills are also welcome. 

Musical Theatre (B.A)

An audition is required for admission into the Theatre and Dance Department as a musical theatre major. Your audition should consist of two contrasting memorized pieces, each about one- and-a-half to two minutes long. The first selection should be a monologue from a full-length play; the second selection should be a song from a musical, preferably of contrasting tone (a comic song if your monologue is serious, or a ballad if your monologue is comic). Please bring clearly marked sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided. Having a second song or monologue prepared is a good idea, as you may be asked to perform an additional piece. Also, please bring a headshot and resume if you have them. 

Musical Theatre (B.F.A.)

An audition is required for admission into the Theatre and Dance Department as a musical theatre major. For acceptance into the B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, your audition should consist of four memorized pieces, each about one- and-a-half to two minutes long. You should have two contrasting monologues from full-length plays and two song selections from musicals, one uptempo and one ballad that display your range and abilities.  There will be an accompanist, so please bring appropriately marked sheet music and your headshot and resume (if you have them).

Students auditioning for the B.F.A. in Musical Theatre should come prepared for a dance audition. Candidates will learn and perform combinations in ballet and jazz. Please dress in appropriate dance attire:

  • Ladies: Black leotard, pink or tan tights. Ballet shoes, jazz shoes or foot paws.* 
  • Men: Plain, fitted tee-shirt, black tights or jazz pants. Ballet shoes, jazz shoes or foot paws.*

*If you tap, please bring tap shoes 

Theatre Performance

An audition is required for admission into the Theatre and Dance Department as a musical theatre major. Your audition should consist of two contrasting memorized pieces, each about one-and-a-half to two minutes long. The first selection should be a monologue from a full-length play; the second selection should be another monologue, preferably of contrasting tone (comic if your first piece is serious, or vice versa). If you have them, please bring a headshot and resume. 

Dance Interview & Audition Information

All dance majors must successfully complete an interview and audition with members of the dance faculty to be admitted into the Dance Program. This process also makes students eligible to compete for merit-based dance scholarships. The audition requires each student to demonstrate her/his level of proficiency in ballet, jazz, modern and tap:

  • Ballet & Jazz - All dancers should be prepared to learn and perform combinations in both ballet and jazz during the audition.
  • Modern & Tap - Dancers who have developed skills beyond the introductory level in modern and/or tap should prepare a one-minute audition piece for each style. 
  • Required attire:
    •  Women- leotard, tights and appropriate shoes.
    •  Men- fitted tee-shirt, black tights and appropriate shoes.

The audition for the program also serves as your class placement assessment. All dance majors must complete secondary level courses in ballet, jazz, modern and tap. Students who demonstrate in the audition that they are not yet prepared to enter level II classes in any or all styles may still be admitted into the dance major. In these cases, students will be required to complete Level I courses before proceeding in the curriculum. Additional coursework is required depending on the students chosen track of study: performance, pedagogy, choreography.

To contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, fill out our online Request for Information form. You may also call us any time at (724) 838-4281 or (800) 826-6234, or send an email to admit@setonhill.edu.