How to Apply to the University

You must apply to and be accepted by Ball State University to be considered for admission into the Department of Theatre and Dance.

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How to Schedule an Audition or Interview

An audition is required for admission into our bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree programs. An interview is not required for admission into our bachelor of arts/bachelor of science (BA/BS) degree programs, but we strongly encourage you to schedule an interview for scholarship consideration.

Due to health and safety protocols during the coronavirus pandemic, we have delayed all on-campus audition and interview dates until the spring semester. We assure you, we will work hard to eliminate any potential barriers to you auditioning/interviewing for our programs, and are working on finalizing details for other audition and interview formats, should auditioning/interviewing in person not be viable. In the meantime, be sure to complete the supplemental theatre or dance application when filling out your online application to the university so we may stay in contact with you. More details about on- and off-campus, digital, and virtual audition and interview dates, requirements, and tips will be shared soon. Keep checking this page!

Audition and Interview Dates

On-Campus:

BFA Musical Theatre only or those auditioning for both BFA Musical Theatre and BFA Acting

  • Saturday, January 30 – on campus
  • Saturday, February 13 – on campus
  • Saturday, February 27 – on campus

BFA Acting only

  • Sunday, January 31 – on campus
  • Sunday, February 14 – on campus
  • Sunday, February 28 – on campus

Off-Campus:

Digital Audition:

All students have the option, and are encouraged, to submit a digital audition for BFA Acting, BFA Musical Theatre, and/or BFA Dance. Digital submissions are given equal attention and consideration as in-person auditions. Students will be sent directions regarding audition requirements and needs directly from auditions@bsu.edu.

On-Campus:
(BA/BS is for technique level placement)

  • Friday, January 29 – on campus
  • Friday, February 12 – on campus
  • Friday, February 26 – on campus

Off-Campus:

Digital Audition:

All students have the option, and are encouraged, to submit a digital audition for BFA Acting, BFA Musical Theatre, and/or BFA Dance. Digital submissions are given equal attention and consideration as in-person auditions. Students will be sent directions regarding audition requirements and needs directly from auditions@bsu.edu.

Virtual:
*Other interview dates available upon request and preferred method of communication will be honored

  • Saturday, January 30 – held virtually
  • Saturday, February 13 – held virtually
  • Saturday, February 27 – held virtually

Off-Campus:

Virtual:
*Other interview dates available upon request and preferred method of communication will be honored

  • Saturday, January 30 – held virtually
  • Saturday, February 13 – held virtually
  • Saturday, February 27 – held virtually

Guidelines and Procedures

Notification

We will make every effort to contact you by phone if you are admitted to the BFA programs (acting, dance, musical theatre, or design and technology) by April 15. We will also do our best to contact you with information regarding scholarships at that time. If you are not accepted to the acting, musical theatre, or dance options, you will be contacted via e-mail. We will make every effort to contact you via email if you are admitted to one of the BA/BS in theatre options or the teaching major in theatre by April 15. We will also do our best to contact you with information regarding scholarships by that time.

Even If You Don’t Get In…

Admission to Ball State does not guarantee admission into the theatre and dance programs. If you are accepted to Ball State but not admitted into the acting or musical theatre options, you may declare a theatre major in the theatre creation option. The theatre creation option offers an exciting broad-based theatre education that includes courses in acting, directing, theatre history, design, dramaturgy, and theatre management, among many others. It allows you the flexibility to take a wide range of electives as well as pursue a second major. Should you choose to do so, you will have the option of re-auditioning for acting or musical theatre after completing at least one semester on campus.