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Prospective Student Information

Ensemble at end of Pippin. Production photo.

Sign up/submit an audition:

For students interested in BFA admission and scholarship auditions/portfolio reviews, you have several options: 

All students must apply and be accepted to Drake University before admission will be considered into any of the BFA programs. Submit your application at

On-campus (Please pre-register by the Monday prior to your preferred audition event)

Friday, November 18th, 2022 OR Friday, February 3rd, 2023.

Auditions will take place in the Harmon Fine Arts Center. *Schedule subject to modification due to the number of auditions. 

Accompanist will be provided. A typical schedule is below:

  • 8:15-9:00 AM - Check-In/Meet and Greet/Warm-Up - Performing Arts Hall (PAH) Stage
  • 9:00-12:00 PM - Auditions (Acting/Singing/Dance Call)/ Portfolio Reviews
  • 12:00-1:00 PM -Performance by students + Q & A - PAH
  • 1:00-1:30 PM – Lunch at Hubbell Dining Hall
  • 1:30-2:15 PM – Optional Drake Panel in Sheslow (this will be a very helpful session)
  • 2:15-3:00 PM – Optional Campus Tour or Tour of FAC

*If auditioning in November, plan to stay Friday night to see our production of Silent Sky. 

Deadline for registration is November 14, 2022 OR January 30, 2023 . For registration information, audition/portfolio criteria or other information, please visit

Off-campus (pre-registrations will close Feb. 3rd. After that date, you will need to sign up on site/walk in)

Feb. 6-8, 2023
National Unified Theatre Auditions

Palmer House Hilton, 17 E Monroe St,

Audition ROOM Location TBD

No piano accompanist provided, bring your accompaniment track on your phone or other playback device. 

*Some Musical Theatre students may be invited for a group dance call-back later in the day.

Online Submissions

Online submissions are an option for everyone this year, due to the continuation of the covid pandemic. Audition videos and/or portfolio materials must be submitted by Feb. 10, 2023 through GetAccepted.     

Note: There is a fee for their service.

Register HERE to let us know you submitted your materials ONLINE

Visit our Prospective Student Auditions page to learn more about who should audition and how to audition. 

Scholarship information:

When students audition/interview for acceptance into one of the B.F.A. degree programs, they are ALSO auditioning for possible Fine Arts Scholarship awards.  Theatre minors and B.A. majors are not eligble for Fine Arts scholarships.

Audition/Portfolio Requirements:

The department also offers a B.A. Degree in Theatre for those students who want to pursue a second major in a different subject area. B.A. degree seeking students are NOT required to audition for the program.

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