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 April 15.

Pursue NWU Theatre in 3 steps

1. Apply to Nebraska Wesleyan for free at

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 (You may replace one modern monologue with 20-30 lines of verse monologue or soliloquy from Shakespeare.)

 BFA in Musical Theatre

  • A resume
  • A photograph (we prefer headshots, but will accept any close-up)
  • One one-minute monologue from a modern play
  • Two contrasting selections from Broadway musicals of 16-32 memorized bars
  • You may also include a one-minute dance component (optional)

 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] 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!
  • Share your materials in Zoom in a virtual campus visit that comes as close to the real experience as possible. Musical Theatre students will need to provide recorded musical accompaniment.
  • Submit your materials online. Go to and upload the necessary materials. Please include a video stating your name, hometown, and the pieces you’ll perform.
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