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 SOTA 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.

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.


All Academic Scholarship (including GSA and GSP) are handled by the admissions and financial aid offices. All talent scholarships are handled by the Theatre + Dance Program. Only candidates attending the Fall auditions will be considered for talent scholarships. These scholarships are toward tuition ONLY. No talent scholarships 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.


Jamey Strawn, Auditions
(859) 572-6917

Michael Hatton, Scholarships
(859) 572-6160

BFA Auditions/Interviews

  • Fridays: Dance and Musical Theatre only
  • Saturdays: All disciplines except Dance

BFA and Scholarship Dates
Deadline: Oct. 27, 2019

  • Friday, Nov. 1, 2019
  • Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019

BFA Only Dates
Deadline: March 22, 2020

  • Friday, March 27, 2020
  • Saturday, March 28, 2020

To schedule an appointment, please submit an Audition/Interview Form no later than listed deadlines. No walk-ups accepted. No late applications will be accepted for any reason.



Please wear appropriate audition/interview attire for your discipline. This includes neat, comfortable clothing which fits well and represents you as a professional artist. It is recommended that you bring movement dance clothes to change into when learning the dance combination or movement piece.


Free parking is available in the Faculty/Staff parking lot "D " (no permit is necessary on audition days). Parking lot "D" is located across from the Welcome Center and is also in front of the Fine Arts Center and Steely Library.


All auditions take place in the Fine Arts Center. Once arrived, you will be asked to sign in and then be escorted to a designated venue. Parents will be escorted to a waiting area. Please ensure that you arrive and check-in with sufficient time to prepare prior to your audition/interview.


If at all possible, please do try to keep your audition date/time, especially if you wish to be considered for scholarship. If you encounter an unavoidable conflict, you may reschedule/cancel your audition time yourself. If possible, please try to reschedule to another time. If no time is available, please contact Jamey Strawn to see if a special audition may be possible (please know scholarship consideration is not always possible for late auditions).


In the event that NKU closes for inclement weather, auditions will be cancelled and rescheduled. The NKU Theatre + Dance Program will send any important information/communications via email.


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.


Audition Requirements


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.

Designers/Technicians/Stage Managers

Please notify us ahead of time if you need computer/projection equipment for your presentation. A Windows laptop, projector, and screen will be provided.