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Theatre Studies Admissions

  • New Freshmen
  • New Transfer
  • Illinois State Students

Applying to Illinois State

Applying by our priority deadline is encouraged for best consideration for your academic program and for scholarships. Start your application today!

Due to the recent guidance from the Center for Disease Control, we will require guests to wear a face covering that adequately covers both nose and mouth while indoors on campus. Guests should maintain six feet of physical distance from others when possible and practice proper hand hygiene throughout their time on campus by washing hands or using hand sanitizer.  

Students are required to wear masks throughout the entirety of their audition performance.   
If you are feeling ill leading up to your scheduled audition, we kindly ask you to reschedule.    

Visit Coronavirus.IllinoisState.edu to learn more about the University's efforts to keep our community healthy.

Audition and Enrollment Process

  1. Apply to Illinois State University
  2. Choose an audition/interview date (Interview required for scholarship consideration only)
  3. Upload any required materials to your application
  4. Receive a confirmation email from School of Theatre and Dance
  5. Attend audition/interview if applicable for scholarship consideration
  6. Receive a decision within two weeks
  7. Submit your enrollment deposit and become a Redbird

Scholarship notification will take place the first week of March.

If you would like to audit a class, meet with faculty, or if you have a question about the enrollment process, email Cristen Monson.

Program Requirements

The School of Theatre and Dance applies the same academic standards as those required for admission to Illinois State University. There is no separate SAT/ACT or GPA requirement for admission to the School of Theatre and Dance.

Any student accepted by Illinois State University may declare a major in Theatre Studies. No audition or interview is required, although Theatre Studies majors may arrange an interview for departmental scholarship consideration.

You must apply to Illinois State University prior to interviewing for a Theatre Studies scholarship within the School of Theatre and Dance.

Interview for a Scholarship

If you wish to interview for a School of Theatre and Dance scholarship, please select an interview date within your application for admission. Prior to your interview date, please upload the following within your portal:

  • A resume of relevant theatre experience
  • A recent photo

On audition day, you will attend an interview with Theatre faculty. There will be a brief meeting of all those auditioning. Faculty and administration will introduce themselves and answer questions. 

You will be sent to a holding room where current students will talk about the program and answer questions. Individual interviews take place in the order the application is received.

During your interview with faculty, you will be asked to talk about your interest in this program, your experience in theatre, involvement in extracurricular or leadership activities, your expectations, and future plans. 

2022-2023 Interview Dates

Saturday December 3, 2022  (all majors)
Saturday January 28th, 2023  (Theatre only)
Saturday February 11th, 2023  (all majors)
Saturday February 25th, 2023  (Theatre only)
Saturday April 1, 2023  (All majors) Not for scholarship

Deadlines and Review Dates

Students are accepted into the Theatre & Film Studies major contingent on admission by Illinois State University.

School of Theatre and Dance scholarship awards are announced after March 1.

Applying to Illinois State

Applying by our priority deadline is encouraged for best consideration for your academic program and for scholarships. Start your application today!

Due to the recent guidance from the Center for Disease Control, we will require guests to wear a face covering that adequately covers both nose and mouth while indoors on campus. Guests should maintain six feet of physical distance from others when possible and practice proper hand hygiene throughout their time on campus by washing hands or using hand sanitizer.  

Students are required to wear masks throughout the entirety of their audition performance.   
If you are feeling ill leading up to your scheduled audition, we kindly ask you to reschedule.    

Visit Coronavirus.IllinoisState.edu to learn more about the University's efforts to keep our community healthy.

Audition and Enrollment Process

  1. Apply to Illinois State University
  2. Choose an audition/interview date (Interview required for scholarship consideration only)
  3. Upload any required materials to your application
  4. Receive a confirmation email from School of Theatre and Dance
  5. Attend audition/interview if applicable for scholarship consideration
  6. Receive a decision within two weeks
  7. Submit your enrollment deposit and become a Redbird

Scholarship notification will take place the first week of March.

If you would like to audit a class, meet with faculty, or if you have a question about the enrollment process, email Cristen Monson.

Program Requirements

The School of Theatre and Dance applies the same academic standards as those required for admission to Illinois State University. There is no separate SAT/ACT or GPA requirement for admission to the School of Theatre and Dance.

Any student accepted by Illinois State University may declare a major in Theatre Studies. No audition or interview is required, although Theatre Studies majors may arrange an interview for departmental scholarship consideration.

You must apply to Illinois State University prior to interviewing for a Theatre Studies scholarship within the School of Theatre and Dance.

Interview for a Scholarship

If you wish to interview for a School of Theatre and Dance scholarship, please select an interview date within your application for admission. Prior to your interview date, please upload the following within your portal:

  • A resume of relevant theatre experience
  • A recent photo

On audition day, you will attend an interview with Theatre faculty. There will be a brief meeting of all those auditioning. Faculty and administration will introduce themselves and answer questions. 

You will be sent to a holding room where current students will talk about the program and answer questions. Individual interviews take place in the order the application is received.

During your interview with faculty, you will be asked to talk about your interest in this program, your experience in theatre, involvement in extracurricular or leadership activities, your expectations, and future plans. 

2022-2023 Interview Dates

Saturday December 3, 2022  (all majors)
Saturday January 28th, 2023  (Theatre only)
Saturday February 11th, 2023  (all majors)
Saturday February 25th, 2023  (Theatre only)
Saturday April 1, 2023  (All majors) Not for scholarship

Deadlines and Review Dates

Students are accepted into the Theatre & Film Studies major contingent on admission by Illinois State University.

School of Theatre and Dance scholarship awards are announced after March 1.

Minimum GPA

2.00

Middle 50% GPA

2.52 - 3.63

Required Courses

None

Recommended Courses

To find the course equivalencies at an Illinois community college, please review our Course Articulation Guides.

  • Acting I (THE 110)
  • Fundamentals of Theatre I & II (THE 103 & THE 104)
  • Introduction to Costume (THE 130)
  • Stagecraft (THE 160)

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Cristen Monson  Centennial West 212B  cbmonso@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-3936 

Middle 50% GPA

2.52 - 3.63

Application Period

Applications are always accepted.

Application Information

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on My.IllinoisState.edu.

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Cristen Monson  Centennial West 212B  cbmonso@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-3936 

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