Application Process

As a Theatre candidate you must apply and be accepted academically to Eastern University’s College of Arts and Humanities and artistically to the Theatre major or Theatre major with Musical Theatre Concentration.

All applicants seeking admission and eligibility for a theatre talent scholarship to the Department of Theatre must audition for and interview with the theatre faculty.  We welcome all levels of experience and applications from all qualified students regardless of race, religion, sex, national, or ethnic origin.  Acceptance by Eastern University does not guarantee acceptance into the Theatre Department. 

You can email theatre@eastern.edu any time after starting your application to Eastern to submit audition or portfolio materials. All materials are due by June 1 for decisions to be made by June 15.

*Please submit all of your documents as a PDF file.

Acting Auditions

We ask that you perform two contrasting memorized monologues that showcase your strengths. Please keep your audition to a total of 3 minutes maximum.  Please also submit:

  1. Headshot.  If you do not have a headshot, please submit a recent photo.
  2. Resume.  If you do not have a resume, please submit a list of all your theatre/acting experience.  It’s ok if you don’t have much!  We welcome all levels!

    Musical Theatre Auditions

    We ask that you prepare one memorized song and one memorized monologue that showcases your strengths.  The song must be accompanied, whether by track or an accompanist. No a capella please. Please also submit:

    1. Headshot.  If you do not have a headshot, please submit a recent photo.
    2. Resume.  If you do not have a resume, please submit a list of all your theatre/acting experience.  It’s ok if you don’t have much!  We welcome all levels!

      Technical/Design Portfolio Reviews

      For tech based scholarships we would like you to present a portfolio of technical work including technical resumes, an example of drafting or design, portfolio pictures from past productions, and areas of technical interest.  If you would like to have a tech scholarship and do not have a technical resume or other items, please submit a list of all technical work that you have done.  We do not expect these elements to be professional level, but it will help us understand where they are in their tech journey. It’s ok if you don’t have much!  We welcome all levels!  Your portfolio should be submitted to: theatre@eastern.edu. Our Technical Director will reach out to you for a conversation regarding your portfolio.

        Video Submission Instructions

        • Shoot horizontally from the waist up
        • Please state your first name, last name and share an interesting fact about yourself or tell us a bit about yourself
        • Introduce your piece (the name of the song and/or name of the monologue)
        • Please keep your audition to a total of 3 minutes maximum. 
        • Please send your file to theatre@eastern.edu. Please do not send private YouTube links.

        Video Submission Tips

        • Pay attention to lighting

        Shoot your audition video in a well-lit room with either a portable light or natural light from a window.  Make sure the light source is not behind you.

        • Check your Audio

        Record your audition in a quiet room indoors.  Most smartphones have good built-in microphones, but if you have a microphone, do not be afraid to use it.

        • Choose a background that is not distracting.  

        A plain background is best with no clutter behind you.  The idea is to make you the focus, so keep everything behind you as simple as possible.

        • Attire

        Wear a simple outfit, with solid colors and not a lot of accessories.

        • Do not look straight into the camera.  

        When performing your monologue, look a little to the side of the camera, just off to the side of the lens of the camera. 

        When you are introducing yourself and sharing a little bit about yourself, you can look directly at the camera.

        If you are singing, you can look directly at the camera.

        • Do not rush through your lines
        • Have all your pieces fully memorized
        • Save your file with your full name
        • Relax and have FUN!