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.

Policies and procedures specific to audition and interview days and locations will be provided directly to the applicants in their confirmation email that will come from auditions@bsu.edu 2 weeks prior to the student's scheduled audition/interview. 

Audition and Interview Dates

Fall 2025 Entry Term Applications will be available on August 1, 2024.

You will need to schedule an audition for admission into the program. When you fill out your online application to Ball State, you will be prompted to complete a supplemental theatre application via your Cardinal Landing portal, where you can request your audition date and location. Look for ‘Department of Theatre & Dance – Theatre Majors’ Application on your portal Checklist.

Dates

On-Campus:

  • Saturday, November 16, 2024
  • Saturday, February 8, 2025
  • Saturday, February 22, 2025

Virtual LIVE:

  • Saturday, February 15, 2025

Off-Campus:

  • National Unified Auditions:
  • New York Unifieds: Saturday-Sunday, January 25-26, 2025
  • Chicago Unifieds: Monday-Wednesday, February 3-5, 2025
  • Los Angeles Unifieds: Saturday, February 8, 2025

We will also be attending Pittsburgh Unified Auditions (Oct. 19-20, 2024) and Moonifieds (Nov. 22-23, 2024).

Fall 2025 Entry Term Applications will be available on August 1, 2024.

You will need to schedule an audition for admission into the program. When you fill out your online application to Ball State, you will be prompted to complete a supplemental theatre application via your Cardinal Landing portal, where you can request your audition date and location. Look for ‘Department of Theatre & Dance – Theatre Majors’ Application on your portal Checklist.

Dates

On-Campus:

  • Saturday, November 16, 2024
  • Saturday, February 8, 2025
  • Saturday, February 22, 2025

Off-Campus:

National Unified Auditions:

  •  New York Unifieds: Saturday-Sunday, January 25-26, 2025
  • Chicago Unifieds: Monday-Wednesday, February 3-5, 2025
  • Los Angeles Unifieds: Saturday, February 8, 2025

We will also be attending Pittsburgh Unified Auditions (Oct. 19-20, 2024) and Moonifieds (Nov. 22-23, 2024).

Fall 2025 Entry Term Applications will be available on August 1, 2024.

You will need to schedule an audition for admission into the program (BFA) or for a technique placement audition (BA/BS).
When you fill out your online application to Ball State, you will be prompted to complete a supplemental dance application via your Cardinal Landing portal, where you can request your audition date and location. Look for ‘Department of Theatre & Dance – Dance Majors’ Application on your portal Checklist.

Dates

On-Campus:

  •  Saturday, November 16, 2024
  • Saturday, February 8, 2025
  • Saturday, February 22, 2025

Off-Campus:

National Unified Auditions:

  •  Chicago Unifieds: Monday-Wednesday, February 3-4, 2025

Fall 2025 Entry Term Applications will be available on August 1, 2024.

You will need to schedule an interview for admission into the program. When you fill out your online application to Ball State, you will be prompted to complete a supplemental theatre application via your Cardinal Landing portal, where you can request your interview date and location. Look for ‘Department of Theatre & Dance – Theatre Majors’ Application on your portal Checklist.

Dates

On-Campus:

  • Saturday, November 16, 2024
  • Saturday, February 8, 2025

Virtual LIVE:

  •  Saturday, February 15, 2025

Fall 2025 Entry Term Applications will be available on August 1, 2024.

Our BA/BS theatre programs have open admissions policies, so scheduling an interview for admission into the program is not required for admittance to our BA/BS theatre programs. However, it is strongly recommended that you interview with our faculty for departmental scholarship consideration.
When you fill out your online application to Ball State, you will be prompted to complete a supplemental theatre application via your Cardinal Landing portal, where you can request your interview date and location. Look for ‘Department of Theatre & Dance – Theatre Majors’ Application on your portal Checklist.

Dates

On-Campus:

  • Saturday, November 16, 2024
  • Saturday, February 8, 2025

Virtual LIVE:

  • Saturday, February 15, 2025

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.