Theatre and Dance

Audition and Application Information for B.F.A. in Musical Theatre

Auditions/Interviews are NOT required for admission to the BA program.

Auditions/Interviews for the Graduate Program in Theatre, please go to MFA in Theatre.

Auditions for the BFA in Musical Theatre  

For Audition purposes, you do NOT have to be accepted to the school at the time of your audition. However, if an offer is made contact the Admission Office for more information or APPLY NOW online.  

All students interested in musical theatre are first admitted to WIU as an acting major. Candidates for the BFA program are selected through competitive auditions.  Chosen candidates are then offered a position in the program and the major changes to the BFA in musical theatre.

Audition Requirements for the BFA in Musical Theatre  

Candidates for the BFA program are chosen based on a performance audition along with the general admission standards of Western Illinois University. Auditions are held three/four times a year on the WIU campus. The on- campus audition consists of:

  • Performance of one FULL song and one 16 – 32 BAR CUT of a contrasting song.
  • Performance of two contrasting monologue – each approximately one minute in length.
  • A short interview with the BFA faculty – a chance for us to ask questions and you to ask questions.
  • A movement audition consisting of center work, across the floor work, and a short combination. This will be taught in the room with no advanced preparation required. Formal dance training is not required; however applicants must show the potential to move well and be trainable.

Please include the following with your video audition ...

  • The completed audition form from our website on the Theatre and Dance webpage. Please print the form and bring it with you, rather than emailing it back.
  • One copy of a current resume and a current head shot.
  • Please see the information regarding a letter of reference from a current educator in the area of singing, acting, or dance speaking to the students’ skill set, potential for success in a rigorous degree program, and general character.

Other Information:

  • Please note there is a virtual component to the audition process as well. Once we've received your video submission, contact us to choose your virtual audition date and we'll send you the specifics for the day which will include: a mini vocal lesson, a virtual dance call, a short interview with the faculty and time for a QA with our students.
  • Due to the COVID-19, we are only accepting the Video Audition materials and paperwork submission only. There will be no on-campus auditions at this time. For questions about the auditions, please call 309-298-1543 (the Theatre Dance office) or email us at theatre@wiu.edu or L-Fox@wiu.edu

    Please follow the instruction on how to submit the "Video Audition Information for Fall 2021 Admission", by clicking on the link provided below.

    Video Audition Information For Fall 2021 Admission

Virtual Audition Information:

Virtual Auditio Dates:

All dates are Saturdays - please plan for approximately 10am - 2pm. Further specific information will be sent to you after you’ve chosen your date.

  • Saturday, November 14th, 2020
  • Saturday, February 6th, 2021
  • Saturday, February 27th, 2021
  • Saturday, March 6th, 2021
  • Saturday, March 27th, 2021
  • Saturday, April 24th, 2021

CONTACT Lysa Fox (Head of Musical Theatre) at L-Fox@wiu.edu with any and all questions AND to sign up for a Virtual Audition Day. We look forward to hearing from you!

Please note: We can guarantee you more financial assistance the earlier you audition.

It's not too late to audition. We will accept new students up to the start day of the new semester.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please click on the link Frequently Asked Questions


BFA Musical Theatre Virtual Audition Day

Please download in PDF -- Virtual Audition Information

Once we’ve received your recorded audition materials, you’ll sign up for a Virtual Audition date. We will send you a series of Zoom invitations to participate in the following events.

10am - 11am - Mini Dance Lesson

For this portion, you will need an approximately 6’ X 6’ area to work in. Our dance faculty will take you through some center warm-up basics with the goal of seeing you move while being instructed. For specific questions about this dance portion, contact Lara Petrin LM-Petrin@wiu.edu.

11am - 12pm - Mini Vocal Lesson

You will have a 30-minute mini-voice lesson scheduled with one of the Musical Theatre Voice faculty (Matt Bean, Lynn Thompson, or Lisa Wipperling) on either FaceTime or Zoom - your choice. In this lesson, there will be some vocalizing, including a brief pitch-matching exercise. You should be prepared to sing either or both of your audition songs that you sent in your recorded package. If you want to sing them with accompaniment, you will need to provide an accompaniment track you can sing to, on a separate device other than what you’re using for the video call. You can also sing a cappella if you’d prefer. For specific questions about this vocal portion, contact Lynn Thompson L-Thompson@wiu.edu.

12pm - 1pm - Student-to-Student Q & A / Short Faculty Interview

We will provide a chance for just you and other students to visit without the faculty present, so you can ask questions about campus life and their views on the school and the department. Simultaneously, in approximately 10 minute increments you will meet individually with the BFA faculty. So if you are not in one Zoom room, you’ll be in the other!

1pm - 2pm - Student/Parent & WIU Student/Faculty Q & A

We will provide you and your parents an opportunity to talk with the BFA students and faculty so we can let you know any additional information you’d like to ask us about and for us to provide you with any additional information that we feel is important for you to know about who we are and what we do.