We maintain a total of nine actors in our three year program, and though our faculty teach both graduate and undergraduate courses, the 11:9 ratio of teachers to actors ensures that no M.F.A. actor will get lost in the shuffle.
Applications are generally considered beginning in January, but will be accepted until all openings have been filled. Please contact us with questions regarding the application process.
Auditions and Interviews
Auditions and interviews for prospective M.F.A. students in the areas of acting and directing are held annually in January-February via the University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA) in New York and Chicago. Applications for acting programs are generally accepted through December, but those who wish to participate in U/RTA's National Unified Auditions and Interviews (NUA/I) and avoid additional fees should complete the online application by U/RTA's deadline in mid-November.
Our department is committed to diversity in its production seasons and casting of roles. By definition this means considering and casting actors of color in any role and/or production presented by the department. Our department is also dedicated to exploring and implementing non-traditional casting.
Those students not participating in the U/RTA auditions, but wishing to audition for representatives of Indiana University in New York, Chicago, or on the Bloomington campus, should submit a letter requesting an interview/audition at the desired site, along with a resume, headshot, and statement of purpose to:
Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance
275 N. Jordan Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405-5551
Inquiries for a non-U/RTA audition or interview should be received no later than two weeks before the requested interview date. It is the prerogative of the department to deny or grant an interview or audition request based on resumes and any other supporting materials. Please contact us with questions regarding the application process.
- Apply to attend the University Resident Theatre Association's National Unified Auditions and Interviews or schedule a private audition/interview in New York, Chicago, or on Indiana University's Bloomington campus.
- Prepare two additional two-minute acting pieces. One should be a selection from a verse drama (preferably Shakespeare), and the other should be a contemporary selection.
- Provide a photograph and resume that lists your creative work in the theatre and related areas.