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NU B.F.A. Auditions & Interviews

Little Shop of Horrors

2022 - 2023  B.F.A. Auditions & Interviews

For prospective and transfer students seeking entry into the BFA Performance, BFA Design & Production or BFA Theatre Specialization programs for the 2022-2023 academic year, applicants are required to audition or interview with a portfolio review.

We know it hasn't been an easy year: virtual fatigue, the challenges of trying to "get in the audition room" and changing plans. So we've decided to expand our interview and audition timeline for Fall 2022 and will still accept audition videos for prospective performance students and requests for portfolio review and interview for prospective design and production students until May 1st.

We invite to come visit us on campus, meet our faculty, staff and students in person, and explore all that Niagara University Theatre has to offer you. Our doors are still open and we want to see you!

Performance Applicants

All applicants for the BFA Performance program are required to complete the following audition 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. Singing with a taped accompaniment or accompanist is permitted.

3.     Movement (optional): Students may submit a dance/movement pre-screen video.

Additionally, all applicants for the BFA Performance program are required to submit a headshot/photo and resume.

Please send all audition videos and materials electronically to Adriano Gatto.

Design & Production Applicants

Each applicant for the design and production program will meet with the design faculty for 30 minutes to present a prepared portfolio and 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 BFA Design & Production program are required to submit a current headshot/photo, resume and letters of recommendation.

Please contact Adriano Gatto to make an appointment for a portfolio review and interview.

Theatre Specialization Applicants

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.

Please contact Adriano Gatto to discuss and determine which option may be best for your desired course of study.

*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, valued at $5,000 each and renewable each year. At this time, all scholarship recipients have been notified of their award. However, students may be considered as alternate recipients should funding become available.

For more information, please contact Adriano Gatto at 716.286.8481 or