Frequently asked questions about the theatre department and audition process
- How many people audition and are accepted into the theatre program each year?
- How long is the audition?
- What should I prepare for my audition?
- How should I dress for my audition?
- Can I audition for both musical theatre AND acting concentrations?
- What is the difference between on-campus and off-campus auditions?
- If I choose to attend an off-campus audition instead of an on-campus one, will that affect my chances for getting accepted?
- Will I be provided with an accompanist at my audition?
- Are letters of recommendation required?
- How long will it take before I hear about my audition results?
- Can I get feedback from my audition?
- Are students eligible to re-audition for the theatre department?
- Can theatre students begin in the spring semester?
- I am a transfer student. How does that affect me?
- Can I double major or declare a minor?
- How much training should a prospective student have prior to attending Point Park?
- What is the average size of theatre classes at Point Park?
- What dance classes are required for musical theatre students?
- When am I eligible to audition for theatre productions?
- Does the Conservatory offer talent awards?
- How does Point Park help graduating seniors with career employment?
The number of students who audition fluctuates every year. Traditionally, the theatre department has auditioned approximately 1,000 students for performance majors and accepts 40 for musical theatre and 35 for acting. Stage management and technical theatre programs have no set quotas.
The duration of each audition varies depending on the number of candidates. Students should plan to be on campus all day.
Please refer to Theatre Audition Guidelines.
Please refer to Theatre Audition Guidelines.
No, students are not permitted to audition for both musical theatre and acting concentrations. You must choose one concentration or the other.
On-campus auditions give you an opportunity to see the University and facilities, as well as attend campus events. On-campus auditions also include a master class, so applicants have a better opportunity to showcase their talent.
If I choose to attend an off-campus audition instead of an on-campus one, will that affect my chances for getting accepted?
No, both auditions carry the same weight.
Candidates at both on and off campus auditions will be provided with an accompanist. Students should bring their own sheet music that is appropriately marked for the accompanist.
No, letters of recommendation are not required for acceptance into the Conservatory of Performing Arts programs. If you would like to submit a letter of recommendation, please bring it with you on the day of your audition.
Acceptance into the Department of Theatre is based on talent and potential as demonstrated in the audition/interview. Applicants must be artistically accepted into the theatre program AND academically accepted into the University. Applicants WILL NOT receive their artistic decision until they have received an academic decision from the Office of Admissions.
Candidates that have been academically accepted and audition/interview during the fall semester (Nov. 15, Dec. 13) will be reviewed in December and can expect to receive a letter regarding their audition/interview decision by Jan. 15, 2015. Candidates that have been academically accepted and audition during the spring semester will be reviewed in late February and can expect to receive a letter regarding their audition interview by the beginning of March. Those students auditioning after April 1, 2015 will receive a letter within four to six weeks of their audition date.
We are not permitted to disclose audition results over the phone or by email.
Due to the volume of students who audition each year for the Conservatory programs, it is impossible to provide feedback on individual audition results.
Yes, students may audition once per year with a maximum of two auditions for the program.
Acting and musical theatre students must begin in the fall semester. Technical theatre/design and stage management students may begin in the spring semester with permission.
Due to the intensity of the theatre program, a double major is not recommended. Minors are available in any of the programs offered by the University. Students interested in a minor in one of the other Conservatory programs must complete an audition during the second semester of their sophomore year.
Theatre students should have at least two years of private voice and one year of dance and acting training. Students should have experience in high school or professional/community theatre prior to auditioning for the program.
The average ratio for most theatre classes is 15:1, except dance, which has a ratio of 20:1.
Musical theatre students will take one year of classical ballet, three years of jazz, and one year of tap. Additional training requires an interview with the chair of the dance department.
Students may audition in the second semester of their freshman year for Playhouse Jr. and student-directed one acts. Main stage productions require students to have sophomore status.
The Conservatory offers two types of awards: scholarships and apprenticeships. Talent awards are offered based on the student's performance during the audition process. A talent apprenticeship offered to a student based on his or her audition/interview is a job-related award. The student will be expected to work a set number of hours per week in exchange for a monthly stipend. For more information on awards, refer to Scholarships and Apprenticeships.
Each year, the Conservatory hosts a senior Showcase in New York and Los Angeles. Agents, managers and casting directors are invited to review student works.