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Off Campus & On Campus Auditions

In order to be admitted to any of the B.F.A. Theatre Arts degree programs or the Musical Theatre minor, and to be considered for a Departmental Fine Arts scholarship award, prospective students are required to audition/present their portfolio either on campus at the Drake Theatre Audition Day or the National Unified Theatre Auditions. We strongly encourage student to apply and seek admission to Drake University BEFORE auditioning (we will not accept any student into our program until applications are completed with Drake University). 

Off Campus Auditions: 

National Unified Theatre Auditions

February 1-3, 2021

Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St. Chicago.
Meeting room: TBD

Please sign up for a 10 minute appointment by filling out the form below. We will be seeing walk-ins as well. See links below for audition requirements. Additional information will be sent via email once you are signed up for an audition opportunity. 

National Unifieds Audition Sign Up


Online Auditions

For students who llive more than 200 miles from Des Moines, online submission are also an option. Audition videos and/or portfolio materials must be submitted by Feb. 17, 2021 through Note that there is a fee for their service. 

Let us know if you plan to submit an online audition via the form below.

Online Audition Sign up


On Campus Auditions:

Monday, February 15, 2021

To register for an audition/interview please fill out the form below:

On-Campus Audition Sign up


Audition/Portfolio Requirements

Important Information

  • If auditioning on the Official on campus Audition Day, Drake Department of Theatre Arts will provide an accompanist.
  • If attending an individual audition appointment (not preferred), Drake Department of Theatre Arts does not provide an accompanist. Therefore, actors must provide own prerecorded music on an iPod, phone or CD.
  • Applicants who live more than 200 miles from Des Moines may submit a video audition for consideration. Videos must be received by February 17, 2021.
  • Musical Theatre minors are not eligible to receive a Fine Arts Scholarship.

*NEW* Due to the International Thespian Festival going "Virtual" for 2020, ANY Thespians graduating in '21 are welcome to upload their Audition/portfolio materials for the College Auditions / Design & Technology Interviews.
Register here for the festival -
Deadline to upload your Audition/Portfolio materials is June 8th, 2020. Drake University Theatre Faculty will be scheduling virtual "call backs" June 23-25.

At ITF we will be holding callbacks; however, we will not be making offers for admission into any of the BFA programs at the festival. That will come at a later date.

Students need to officially apply to the University, be admitted and audition for a spot in the BFA program.

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