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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 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:

On-campus auditions/interviews to be held for admission into the department are as follows:

November 15, 2019 at 1:00pm - for admission into Spring 2020 or Fall 2020 
February 28, 2020 at 1:00pm
- for admission into Fall 2020
March 6, 2020 at 1:00pm - for admission into Fall 2020


To Schedule an Interview/Audition:

Please contact our Administrative Assistant, Katie Cannon, via email
at cannon_katherine1@columbusstate.edu. In your email please
indicate 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/Tech.

Note: While we do not currently have offer a degree in Musical Theatre, we do offer a
Musical Theatre Certificate. Please reference this page for more details:
https://theatre.columbusstate.edu/mtcertificate.php


Audition Location:

Riverside Theatre 
6 West 10th Street
Columbus, GA 31901

*PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR AUDITION MATERIALS TO THIS ADDRESS AS THEY WILL NOT BE RECEIVED.
SEE BELOW THE REQUIRED AUDITION MATERIALS SECTION FOR THE ADDRESS TO USE.

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 by hand or electronically 
      • The Recommender can send this in or give this to the applicant for them to mail in along with their packet so that all materials arrive together

Mailing address for your audition packet:
4225 University Avenue
Columbus, GA 31907
Attn: 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/Technical Theatre
  • 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 BA
program 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