The Theatre & Dance Program offers the following programs of study:
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*
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:
Auditions/Interviews Are By Appointment Only. No walk-ups, please.
To schedule an appointment, please submit an Audition/Interview Form no later than Monday, March 18, 2019 at 5 p.m. E.S.T.
No late applications will be accepted for any reason.
Contact Jamey Strawn (email@example.com) with any questions.
Any student admitted to NKU may declare the Theatre and Dance Bachelor of Arts degree as a major. For those wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, the Theatre and Dance Program offers B.F.A. degrees with tracks in Acting, Dance, Theatre Design or Technology, Rock and Roll/Concert Technology, Musical Theatre, Playwriting, and Stage Management.
NKU Theatre and Dance will accept video auditions/presentations only by special arrangement. Meeting and speaking with candidates is a vital part of the assessment process.
It is helpful for students to demonstrate as much versatility as possible within the audition/interview. While we do not expect candidates to be polished theatre artists, we are eager to explore each applicant’s potential as a future theatre student.
Please choose material in your own age and type range that showcases your specific strengths and individuality. Auditions will be timed. You will be stopped if you exceed time limits.
Please notify us ahead of time if you need computer/projection equipment for your presentation. A Windows laptop, projector, and screen will be provided.
Note: Please make sure monologues are appropriate for your type, have a strong beginning, middle, and end, do not contain inappropriate content, and more important of all, that the monologues reflect you as a person and artist. Acting candidates can expect to spend between 30 to 60 minutes on campus for the audition process.
Note: Clean sheet music copies in the correct keys required – no a cappella singing or recorded accompaniment permitted. Please make sure monologues are appropriate for your type, have a strong beginning, middle, and end, do not contain inappropriate content, and more important of all, that the monologues reflect you as a person and artist. Musical Theatre candidates can expect to spend between 60 to 120 minutes on campus for the audition process.
Note: Dance candidates can expect to spend between 60 to 120 minutes on campus for the audition process. One monologue not to exceed 60 seconds.
Note: Design or Technology and Stage Management candidates can expect to spend between 30 to 60 minutes on campus for the audition process.
Note: Playwriting candidates can expect to spend between 30 to 60 minutes on campus for the audition process.
After submitting your application form, you will receive an email confirmation which will notify you when to expect an audition time assignment. Confirmation should be received within 48 hours of submitting your application. If you have not received confirmation in 48 hours, please contact Jamey Strawn at firstname.lastname@example.org or (859) 572-6917. Typically, actual audition times will be emailed to applicants one month prior to the audition.
Letters containing the candidate’s status will be sent out via email to the email listed on the candidate’s application within two weeks of the audition date. Successful candidates are required to declare their intentions via email no later than May 1, 2019.
All Academic Scholarship (including GSA and GSP) are handled by the admissions and financial aid offices. All talent scholarship are handled by the Theatre and Dance Program. Candidates attending the Fall auditions will be considered for talent scholarships. These scholarships are toward tuition ONLY. No talent scholarship can be used toward expenses other than tuition.
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 Feb. 1. Successful students MUST notify the program of their acceptance by May 1.
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.