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The award-winning, nationally recognized Department of Theatre at the University of Minnesota Duluth offers two unique undergraduate degree programs: a BA in Theatre, and a BFA in Theatre with emphases in Acting, Musical Theatre, Scene Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Stage Management, and Technical Theatre. In addition, we offer minors in Theatre, Dance, and Film Studies. The department offers a variety of shows throughout the year directed by faculty, guest artists, and also students. Check out our Current Season and learn what we’re presenting this year.

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre provides a broad-based liberal arts foundation that allows students to experience various facets of theatre, and prepares them for possible careers in fields such as Directing, Playwriting, Criticism/History, Arts Administration, Theatre Management, Dramaturgy, Performance, Technology and Design.

BA Admission Requirements 
Because the BA is a separate degree that broadly focuses on many facets of theatre, students selecting it need not upload materials on Acceptd or audition for the program. To be accepted as a UMD Theatre BA, you need only be accepted into the University of Minnesota Duluth itself.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre is for students interested in Acting, Musical Theatre, Stage Management, Design or Production.

BFA Admission Requirements

To help begin your BFA audition/interview process, requirements for each Theatre BFA emphasis are listed below. Applicants interested in UMD Theatre’s BFA program must complete an in-person audition/interview or portfolio review with UMD Theatre faculty, either in Minneapolis or Duluth. BFA applicants must also apply and be accepted into the University of Minnesota Duluth before they can audition/interview for UMD Theatre’s BFA program. 

We ask that all students schedule their audition/interview time through Acceptd, which charges $10 for this service. If you wish, for an additional fee, you may also upload your audition/portfolio materials there (e.g., headshot resume, audition videos, portfolio materials). Although doing so is not required, it’s an excellent way for UMD faculty to become familiar with your work before your actual on-site audition/interview.

BFA Audition Requirements 

BFA in Musical Theatre Audition Requirements

Perform one 60-second monologue from a published play. Something contemporary and realistic is strongly recommended.

Sing three selections:

  • One 16-bar cutting of a musical theater ballad.
  • One 16-bar cutting of a musical theater up-tempo.
  • One 16-bar cutting of a song of the applicant’s choice.

A pianist will be available on site.

Auditionees will also:

  • Take a brief music theory diagnostic exam;
  • Participate in a ballet and jazz dance call;
  • Work with faculty on your monologue and/or song(s), getting adjustments and taking direction;
  • Interview with the faculty, where you will learn more about them, and they will learn more about you.

What to bring:

  • A copy of your resume detailing your production and theatre experience;
  • A copy of your sheet music, clearly marked and in the correct key (preferably in a 3-ring binder);
  • A headshot, if you have one;
  • Appropriate audition attire;
  • For the Dance Call, you will have time to change into dance attire.

Please bring jazz or character shoes if you have them. If not, bring sneakers.

BFA in Acting Audition Requirements

Perform two contrasting monologues, the total of which should be no longer than 2 minutes. Something contemporary and realistic is strongly recommended. If preferred, the second monologue may come from classical literature.

Auditionees will also:

  • Work with faculty on your monologue, getting adjustments and taking direction;
  • Interview with the faculty, where you will learn more about them, and they will learn more about you.

What to bring:

  • A copy of your resume detailing your production and theatre experience;
  • A headshot, if you have one;
  • Appropriate audition attire.

BFA in Scene Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design and Technical Theatre Interview Requirements

Interviewees will meet with Design & Production faculty for a thirty-minute interview, which provides an opportunity for faculty to learn the prospective student's background, educational goals and their potential for success in the BFA program.

For the interview, interviewees must provide the following:

  • A one-page resume with photo listing previous theatrical experience;
  • Two letters of references from teachers, employers, and/or theatre professionals;
  • Examples of their work to be presented at the interview, including sketches, renderings, art projects, drafting, production photos or anything that demonstrates design and/or technical abilities.

Interviewees may choose to assemble their work in a physical or digital portfolio format, but any organized collection of materials is acceptable. All materials will be returned at the end of the interview session.

The BFA in Stage Management Interview Requirements

Interviewees will meet with Design & Production faculty for a thirty-minute interview, which provides an opportunity for faculty to learn the prospective student's background, educational goals and their potential for success in the BFA program.

For the interview, interviewees must provide the following:

  • A one-page resume with photo listing previous theatrical experience;
  • Two letters of references from teachers, employers, and/or theatre professionals;
  • Examples of their work to be presented at the interview, including sample production books, production photos, rehearsal scripts, performance scripts or anything that demonstrates organizational and/or management abilities.

Interviewees may choose to assemble their work in a physical or digital portfolio format, but any organized collection of materials is acceptable. All materials will be returned at the end of the interview session.

BFA 2017 Audition Dates

All students completing an on-site audition will be considered for Talent Scholarships and an Out of State Tuition Waiver, if need be.

Saturday, March 18th

Minneapolis audition:

Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, Minnesota

for Dance and Performing Arts
 Students will have a preliminary audition/interview and if selected, attend a callback later that day.

Saturday, March 25th

University of Minnesota Duluth audition:

Marshall Performing Arts Center, UMD campus.
 Students will have a preliminary audition/interview and if selected, attend a callback later that day. Students will also be given a tour of the Theatre Department.

Saturday, August 12th
University of Minnesota Duluth audition:

Marshall Performing Arts Center, UMD campus.
 Students will have a preliminary audition/interview and if selected, attend a callback later that day. Students will also be given a tour of the Theatre Department.