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Theatre Admissions Contact

Ryan Kathman, Asst. Professor of Theatre
Director of Recruiting

rkathman [at] nebrwesleyan.edu

BFA Audition and Interview Process

Your talent, academic ability and potential for success are the keys to your admission to Nebraska Wesleyan University’s theatre program. We’re selective so you can work alongside the best talent in small classes and have maximum opportunities to perform.

Prospective students interested in these programs need to apply, prepare and share materials to be considered for admission. NWU Theatre distributes scholarship offers by June 1,  2023.

Pursue NWU Theatre in 3 steps

1. Apply to Nebraska Wesleyan for free at nebrwesleyan.edu/apply.

2. Prepare Materials.

 BFA in Acting

  • A resume

  • A photograph (we prefer headshots, but will accept any close-up)

  • Two contrasting one-minute monologues from modern plays

  • One classic one-minute monologue (anything prior to 1900) or 20-30 lines from Shakespeare or one of his contemporaries

 BFA in Musical Theatre

  • A resume

  • A photograph (we prefer headshots, but will accept any close-up)

  • A one-minute monologue from a modern play

  • Two contrasting selections from Broadway musicals of 16-32 memorized bars

  • A brief dance performance (ideally 30-60 seconds)

 BFA in Design and Technology, Directing, or Theatre Studies

  • A resume
  • Examples of your work in photographs, prompt-scripts, slides or drawings of productions
  • Examples of related skills (e.g. painting, drawing, sewing, handwork, woodworking, etc.)
  • Directors might want to include a 1-2 page essay describing a directorial concept for a prospective or realized production

3. Share your materials with us by one of these three methods.

Contact Ryan Kathman, Asst. Professor of Theatre at rkathman [at] nebrwesleyan.edu or 402.465.2128 to coordinate arrangements.

  • Visit NWU. We hold individual auditions and interviews on campus between September and April. Please plan your visit two weeks in advance and bring materials with you to campus. If needed, we will provide an accompanist for you. Visiting campus is the best way to experience NWU Theatre. We can also arrange for you to audition virtually using Zoom!
  • Join us for Chicago Unified Auditions. Schedule an audition with one of our faculty at Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago February 6-9, 2023.  Please plan on providing your own musical accompaniment.
  • Submit your materials online. Go to getacceptd.com/nebraskawesleyan and upload the necessary materials. Please include an intro video stating your name, the pieces you’ll perform, and something you’d like us to know about you that’s not on your resume.