Join Us!: Auditions and Interviews

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The School of Theatre annually holds auditions, portfolio reviews and interviews for incoming freshmen and transfer students. Each student must also apply and be admitted to Stephen F. Austin State University (http://goSFA.com). Results of the audition/interview process may be: acceptance as a theatre major with a scholarship from the School of Theatre; acceptance with no scholarship from the School of Theatre; provisional acceptance; or non-acceptance as a theatre major (students admitted to the university may choose a different major).

Auditions and Interviews for Incoming Theatre Students

Students should provide the following information for the School:

  1. Current overall grade average and ACT or SAT scores, and class rank
  2. A resume of theatre accomplishments and a statement of goals
  3. Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your work
  4. A current photograph of yourself
  5. Choose one or two of the following:
    • Actors: A prepared audition showing your range and ability. Include two contrasting selections limited to a total of no more than three minutes.
    • Designers or technicians: A design portfolio presentation showing your abilities in aspects of design/technical theatre. An interview will follow the portfolio presentation.
    • Academics: Be prepared to discuss academic accomplishments, areas of interest in research and a sample of your writing.
    • Teacher Certification: There is no formal audition for teacher certification students. Students who express an interest in teacher certification will have opportunities to meet with faculty in this area.

Consult the audition locations and dates below, and complete the online School of Theatre application to sign up for an audition.

Students planning to audition or interview should also apply for admission to SFA. Find information on how to apply on the university’s Become a Student page.

Please Note: Applications received after April 23, 2018 will be ineligible for scholarships!

If you have any questions or would like more information about auditions, scholarships or any other aspect of the School of Theatre, please write, call or e-mail:

Professor Cleo House, Jr., Director of the School of Theatre
School of Theatre
Stephen F. Austin State University
P.O. Box 6090, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-6090

Phone: 936.468.4003
Toll Free: 888.722.3396
Fax: 936.468.7601
E-Mail: housec1@sfasu.edu
See audition locations and dates

The SFASU School of Theatre will hold auditions, portfolio reviews and interviews on the dates listed below.

  1. Theatre Days at Stephen F. Austin State University—Open to all incoming students.
    Attend a class in an area such as acting, design or directing; meet faculty and students; tour the campus and our theatre facilities; audition for the theatre major and a scholarship; and attend one or more performances or rehearsals. Theatre Day activities begin at 12 p.m. (noon) with auditions held in the late afternoon; students and families are encouraged to stay through the evening to see a performance or dress rehearsal of a production or reading from our Mainstage Series, lasting until late evening.

    Each Theatre Day begins at 12 p.m. (noon) in the lobby of the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus. Theatre Day is free for prospective students and up to two family members. Register to let us know you will be attending by filling out the School of Theatre Application using the link below. Students who register for a Theatre Day will receive a full itinerary, maps of Nacogdoches and the campus, and additional information approximately two weeks before the event. To sign up to attend a Theatre Day, please complete the School of Theatre application.
  2. Off-Campus Auditions:
    Representatives of Stephen F. Austin State University traditionally attend some or all of the following events at which multiple colleges and universities audition and interview prospective students and/or view their portfolios. To attend any of these auditions, you must apply to the organization that is making arrangements for them:

    Students participating in these auditions must be members of the organization and must have been accepted and scheduled by the organization.

    Wherever you audition for us, please feel free to visit with us regardless of whether or not you receive a call-back.
  3. Audition by Appointment:
    If you cannot attend any of these organized auditions, please feel free to fill out the School of Theatre Application and choose “Audition by Arrangement” from the drop-down menu. We will contact you to arrange a time for you to audition on a visit to the SFA campus.
Complete the School of Theatre application
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