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Department of Theatre

Admission to the Department of Theatre is by AUDITION ONLY.There are a limited number of spaces in the Freshman class each year.

Audition Dates:

Important Information Regarding Summer Auditions for Fall Admission to the Theatre Program

Although our regular program audition dates have passed, we are adding an additional date for those who may not have been able to attend or who were unaware of the audition requirement.

Due to the current campus closure, we are offering alternative ways of auditioning/interviewing for the program other than in person.

All materials required below may be submitted to our Administrative Assistant, Katie Cannon, by email or regular mail. If possible, email submissions are preferred. References can submit their recommendations directly to Ms. Cannon via email.

All materials required below may be submitted to our Administrative Assistant, Katie Cannon, by email or regular mail. If possible, email submissions are preferred. References can submit their recommendations directly to Ms. Cannon via email.

We will not accept photos of Required Audition Materials taken with cellphone cameras or any other camera. They must be sent using a legitimate scanner to ensure image quality when being sent to faculty for review.

cannon@katherine1@columbusstate.edu

Once you have notified us of your intention to audition, we will put you in contact with a faculty member in your area of interest (BA, BS.Ed, BFA Performance, BFA: Design & Technology) who will contact you about how the audition/interview will be handled. (Depending on the area of interest, this could be a telephone conversation, a pre-recorded audition, or teleconferencing.)

JULY 10, 2020. This is the deadline for receiving your materials. After that date, students will be asked to audition during the regular slot in the fall semester. Please contact us before July 10 so we know of your interest.


To Schedule an Interview/Audition:

Please contact our Administrative Assistant, Katie Cannon, via email at cannon_katherine1@columbusstate.edu. In your email pleaseindicate which semester you will be attending as well as the program of study you would like to audition for: BA, BFA Performance, BSEd, or BFA: Design & TechnologyNote: While we do not currently offer a degree in Musical Theatre, we do offer a Musical Theatre Certificate.


Audition Location:

Please see notice at top of the page for this informationSEE BELOW THE REQUIRED AUDITION MATERIALS SECTION FOR THE ADDRESS TO USE SHOULD YOU MAIL YOUR PACKET IN. IF THE ATTENTION INFORMATION IS NOT ALSO PROVIDED WE MAY NOT RECEIVE YOUR PACKET.

Note: While we are a proud partner of GA Thespians Conference, GTC, etc., we are not able to guarantee that we will see you audition. This is due to the large number in attendance at these events. If we are able to view your audition, you may receive a callback. Receiving a Callback does not automatically mean acceptance into the department and generally, students who audition at GTC and GA Thespians are invited to attend an "On-Campus" audition prior to a decision being made for acceptance into the department.


Required Audition Materials

Prospective students must complete the following and mail in two weeks prior to the audition date.If you are a current CSU student or would like to drop off your audition packet in person, please feel free to do so. Please call ahead at 706-507-8400 to schedule a time to stop by so that someone is able to procure the packet from you.

  1. Audition Application (PDF)
    • Download the PDF and fill it in electronically instead of handwriting the information. This will help ensure audition results and other correspondence reaches our applicants and reduces the risk of return mail.
  2. Headshot
    • Does not have to be professional grade
  3. Theatre Resumé
  4. Transcript, includes your cumulative GPA
    • While you are required to submit a transcript to CSU for admission purposes, the Theatre Department does require a transcript as well. However, the one submitted in your audition packet does not have to be an official copy.
    • If you are currently enrolled at CSU or another university, please include both your high school transcript as well as the most up to date transcript from your university
    • If you are currently enrolled in CSU, please go to MyCSU under Student Records and select the Academic Transcript - View Unofficial to print
  5. Two Letters of Recommendation (PDF) from teacher/advisor that speak to applicant's academic and artistic abilities
    • Please have the Recommender either fill this out electronically
    • Due to physical distancing challenges, recommendations must either be emailed from a verified school email address or sent to the mailing address below

Mailing address for your audition packet:4225 University AvenueColumbus, GA 31907Attn: Dept. of Theatre,Katie Cannon

Note: If any part of your Audition Packet (Audition Application, Two Letters of Recommendation, Transcript, Resume, and Headshot) is missing, this will delay the decision on whether of not you have been accepted into the department. A letter of response will be sent out only to those with completed audition packets.


General Audition Information:

  • ALL APPLICANTS ARE AUTOMATICALLY CONSIDERED FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AT THE TIME OF AUDITION
  • You may audition for only ONE of the following: BA, BFA Performance, BSEd, or BFA Design/Tech
  • There is no one time slot to reserve for an audition. On the day of auditions, everyone will meet in the Riverside Theatre at 1:00pm. There will be a brief introduction/orientation followed by the audition proceedings.
  • An accompanist will NOT be provided during auditions. If singing, please bring a CD of your music, or you may choose to sing a capella.
  • The Audition Interview includes either a presentation of portfolio materials demonstrating previous theatre involvement (may include design/tech, dramaturgy, dramaturgy, playwriting, or other supporting materials), OR
  • Presentation of Audition/Interview - Two contrasting monologues OR one monologue and 16 bars of music (the total time of your audition should NOT exceed 90 seconds)
  • For those students bringing a portfolio: This may consist of shots from a production you worked on, sketches of costumes, a rubric of what your process was when working on a show, etc.

Programs of Study:

  • BA in Theatre Arts
  • BFA with an emphasis in Acting
  • BFA with an emphasis in Design & Technology
  • BSEd in Theatre Education
  • MSEd in Theatre Education

Note: Incoming freshman may audition for any of the above areas (with the exception of the MSEd in Theatre Education) but may be admitted into the BAprogram prior to being able to qualify for another area of study within the department. If this is the case, then incoming students may apply to one of the other areas of study as part of the Freshman Jury process during their freshman year.


Notable (for new and current students):

  • If you miss any of the above-listed Audition Dates, you are invited to come to CSU and register as an UNDECLARED major. You can then audition during your first semester at one of our listed audition dates to enter the department
  • For Retention: All Theatre Majors are required to maintain a 2.75 GPA in their program of study