The Theatre & Dance Program offers the following programs of study:

Bachelor of Arts

A liberal arts-based degree ideal for the student who wishes to pursue multiple interests in theatre and dance.  *A minor field of study is required with this degree program*

Bachelor of Fine Arts

A more intensive study for the budding professional: acceptance into the BFA program is earned through a process of application, interview and audition (performers) or portfolio submission (Design and Technology, Playwriting & Stage Management). The BFA degree requires active involvement in the department for a minimum of four semesters after acceptance into BFA candidacy. Some exceptions to this rule of residency may be made for transfer students. A minor field of study is not required with this degree program. BFA candidates’ choose a track prior to auditioning. 

Areas of Specialization include:


Prospective Student BFA Auditions

Scholarship Auditions & BFA Auditions/Interviews

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At this audition, high school seniors and transfer students are considered for the BFA degree tracks in the discipline of Theatre & Dance.

Auditions will be held for students interested in performance tracks while interviews and portfolio review will be held for students interested in technical theatre or design.

Auditions/Interviews Are By Appointment Only. No walk-ups, please.

To schedule an appointment, please submit an Audition/Interview Form no later than Mon, March 19, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. E.S.T.

No late applications will be accepted for any reason.

Contact Jamey Strawn ( with any questions.

Scholarships Auditions

All incoming Freshman and Transfer students who audition in the Fall Semester will automatically be considered for Program Scholarships. The winners of these scholarships will be notified via mail prior to February 1st. Successful students MUST notify the program of their acceptance by May 1st.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Program Auditions

BFA auditions are held twice a year. Once in the Fall Semester in conjunction with scholarship auditions and once in the Spring Semester for BFA only. Actual audition dates and deadlines to submit materials are announced in early September of each year. Incoming students may audition for admission to the BFA program once prior to beginning course work at NKU. If a student is not accepted as an incoming freshman they can audition two additional times after completing one semester at NKU. It is suggested that current NKU Theatre & Dance students discuss their readiness with their academic advisor prior to subsequent attempts. Many of our current BFA students started their course work in the BA Theatre program before auditioning and being accepted into the BFA program.