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2019-2020  B.F.A. Auditions & Interviews

For prospective freshman and transfer students seeking entry into the B.F.A. performance, B.F.A. design and production or B.F.A. theatre specializations programs for the 2019-2020 academic year, applicants are required to attend only one of the following audition/interview dates:

Date: Sunday, January 26, 2020 or Sunday, February 23, 2020                                                                         

Time: 9:30 a.m. (We do not expect the day will go past 2:30 p.m.)

Place: The Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre, Niagara University 

Registration is now Open!

New this year, students do not have to be admitted to the university by the Office of Admissions in order to be eligible to register and attend for our BFA Auditions & Interviews. As Niagara University is on rolling admissions, we can advise you through the application process. However, the sooner you submit your application to the Office of Admissions, the sooner you may know your admittance status to the university, and receive information regarding any merit based awards.

To register, please select your preferred date below and follow the steps to complete your registration.

Register for Sunday, January 26th.

Register for Sunday, February 23rd.

Performance Applicant Requirements  

  1. Monologue: One-minute monologue of your choice from a play, prepared and memorized. Not to exceed two minutes.
  2. Vocal: 32-64 bars preferably from a musical. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring your sheet music in a binder or with pages taped together. Singing a cappella or with a taped accompaniment will not be permitted.
  3. Movement (dance and stage combat): This audition will be utilized to assess dance and movement placement. A short dance combination will be taught, followed by a master class in stage combat. Please wear standard dance attire or clothing that permits ease of movement, as well as appropriate footwear (athletic sneakers for stage combat).

All applicants for the B.F.A. performance program are required to submit a current headshot/photo and resume.

Design & Production Applicant Requirements

Each applicant for the design and production program will meet with the design faculty for 30 minutes to present a prepared portfolio. Additionally, applicants should be prepared to discuss their theatre experience, career aspirations and expectations at NU.

The portfolio should include a maximum of 15 samples that primarily reflect the applicant’s technical theatre production experience. Some examples of materials that might be included are:

  • Resume of applicant’s theatre production experience.
  • Production photographs that showcase applicant’s work (sets, costumes, props, lighting, etc.).
  • Technical drawings of elements designed by the applicant (sets, costumes, props, light plots, etc.).
  • Audio samples and documentation of sound designed by the applicant.
  • Stage manager prompt book generated by the applicant.
  • Additional theatre paperwork generated by the applicant such as run crew notes, prop lists, sound cue lists, etc.
  • Photographs or examples of applicant’s artwork.
  • Letters of recommendation

All applicants for the B.F.A. design and production program are required to submit a current headshot/photo, resume and letters of recommendation.

Theatre Specialization Applicant Requirements

Applicants for the theatre specialization programs must complete an interview with faculty members from the department of theatre and fine arts. Due to the varying demands of each emphasis (directing, dramaturgy, and playwriting), applicants will have the option to audition and/or present a portfolio of his/her work.

All applicants for the B.F.A. theatre specialization program are required to submit a current headshot/photo and resume.

*NU Theatre Scholarships

Those applicants who attend either one of the audition/interview dates will also be considered for a Niagara University Theatre Scholarship. There are a number of these scholarships available for incoming and transfer students, all of equal value and renewable each year. 

For more information, please contact Adriano Gatto at 716.286.8481 or