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Conservatory of Performing Arts

Theatre FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the theatre department and audition process

  1. How many people audition and are accepted into the theatre program each year?
  2. How long is the audition?
  3. What should I prepare for my audition?
  4. How should I dress for my audition?
  5. Can I audition for both musical theatre AND acting concentrations?
  6. What is the difference between on-campus and off-campus auditions?
  7. If I choose to attend an off-campus audition instead of an on-campus one, will that affect my chances for getting accepted?
  8. Will I be provided with an accompanist at my audition?
  9. Are letters of recommendation required?
  10. How long will it take before I hear about my audition results?
  11. Can I get feedback from my audition?
  12. Are students eligible to re-audition for the theatre department?
  13. Can theatre students begin in the spring semester?
  14. I am a transfer student. How does that affect me?
  15. Can I double major or declare a minor?
  16. How much training should a prospective student have prior to attending Point Park?
  17. What is the average size of theatre classes at Point Park?
  18. What dance classes are required for musical theatre students?
  19. When am I eligible to audition for theatre productions?
  20. Does the Conservatory offer talent awards?
  21. How does Point Park help graduating seniors with career employment?

How many people audition and are accepted into the theatre program each year?

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.

How long is the audition?

The duration of each audition varies depending on the number of candidates. Students should plan to be on campus all day.

What should I prepare for my audition?

Please refer to Theatre Audition Guidelines

How should I dress for my audition?

Please refer to Theatre Audition Guidelines.

Can I audition for both musical theatre AND acting concentrations?

No, students are not permitted to audition for both musical theatre and acting concentrations. You must choose one concentration or the other.

What is the difference between on-campus and off-campus auditions?

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.

Will I be provided with an accompanist at my audition?

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.

Are letters of recommendation required?

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.

How long will it take before I hear about my audition results?

In order for the Conservatory of Performing Arts to send a letter regarding your audition/interview decision, candidates must have received notification of their academic acceptance from the Office of Admissions. These decisions are made, sent and received separately. Candidates that have been academically accepted and audition/interview during the fall semester (Oct. 20, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, or Dec. 15) will be reviewed in December and can expect to receive a letter regarding their audition/interview decision by the end of December. Candidates that have been academically accepted and audition during the spring semester (Jan. 19, Feb.  23, March 23 or the Unified Auditions), will be reviewed in March and can expect to receive a letter regarding their audition/interview decision by the end of the March.

We are not permitted to disclose audition results over the phone or by email.

Can I get feedback from my audition?

Due to the volume of students who audition each year for the Conservatory programs, it is impossible to provide feedback on individual audition results.

Are students eligible to re-audition for the theatre department?

Yes, students may audition once per year with a maximum of two auditions for the program.

Can theatre students begin in the spring semester?

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.

I am a transfer student. How does that affect me?

Any student transferring into the acting or musical theatre programs will be accepted as a freshman. Transfer students will receive elective credit for previous college-level theatre training. Acting and musical theatre transfer students of sophomore or higher standing must be in residence one semester prior to auditioning for the B.F.A. program.

Can I double major or declare a minor?

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.

How much training should a prospective student have prior to attending Point Park?

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.

What is the average size of theatre classes at Point Park?

The average ratio for most theatre classes is 15:1, except dance, which has a ratio of 20:1.

What dance classes are required for musical theatre students?

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.

When am I eligible to audition for theatre productions?

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.

Does the Conservatory offer talent awards?

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.

How does Point Park help graduating seniors with career employment?

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.