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Admission & Auditions


Admission is based on talent, academic ability, and potential for success in a theatre-related career.

Steps to Apply and Audition:
  1. Apply to USD. No notification of admittance or scholarship award can be made until you have been admitted to USD. Early application enhances opportunities for scholarships and graduate assistantships. While it is recommended that you apply by January 15, we accept undergraduate applications on a rolling basis throughout the year.  Graduate student applications are preferred by March 15.
  2. Visit Campus. We recommend a campus visit to interview with faculty, tour facilities, meet students and, when possible, see a production. If you prefer to audition/interview on campus without submitting materials online via ACCEPTD, you may do that by contacting:
    1. Undergraduate Programs: Matt Nesmith at 605-677-5905 or 
    2. Graduate Programs: Raimondo Genna at 605-677-5735 or
  3. Submit Your Audition Online. We have partnered with ACCEPTD, an online service that makes it possible for us to preview your audition and application materials (see below). The upload fee is $25 payable to ACCEPTD.
    1.   ACCEPTD  

      Submit Audition Materials to ACCEPTD Get started here.
Audition/Interview Requirements:
Undergraduate Students:
  • All applicants should include a headshot/photo and resume
  • B.F.A. Acting: Two contrasting one-minute monologues
  • B.F.A. Design/Technology: Portfolio featuring examples of creative and/or technical work
  • B.F.A. Musical Theatre:
    • 16-32 bars from two contrasting songs (one up-tempo musical theatre song and one musical theatre ballad)
    • One one-minute contemporary monologue
  • B.F.A. Theatre: Follow instructions for either Acting or Design/Technology
Graduate Students:
  • All applicants should include a resume and statement of professional objectives
  • M.F.A. Design/Technology: Portfolio featuring examples of creative and/or technical work
  • M.F.A. Directing:
    • Written statement of directorial approach to a full-length play
    • Sample pages (scene) from a work script/promptbook
    • If available, video from a scene directed

 If you have any questions about the audition process, please contact: