Admission is based on talent, academic ability, and potential for success in a theatre-related career.
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.
Resources to Assist in Application Process:
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:
We have partnered with ACCEPTD, an online service that makes it possible for us to preview your audition and application materials. The upload fee is $25 payable to ACCEPTD.
If you have any questions about the audition process, please contact:
Undergraduate Programs - Matt Nesmith (Matthew.Nesmith@usd.edu), 605-677-5905
Graduate Programs - Raimondo Genna (Raimondo.Genna@usd.edu), 605-677-5735