Auditions and Application

Performance Emphasis Auditions

Audition Dates for Admission & Scholarships

Acceptance into the program is competitive, so we encourage you to audition early and be well-prepared. You MUST audition by February 18 to be considered for Carson School scholarships.

Auditions at the Carson School and National Events

  • *Jun 20-25, 2016, Int'l Thespian Festival (Lincoln, NE)
  • +Oct 14, Carson School (3:30-5 p.m.) (Lincoln, NE)
  • *Nov 18-19, Arizona Thespian Fest (Phoenix, AZ)
  • *Dec 1-3, Texas Thespian Fest (Dallas, TX)
  • *Dec 1-3, Colorado St Thespian Conf (Denver, CO)
  • *Jan 5-7, 2017, Illinois HS Theatre Fest (Champaign, IL)
  • *Jan 6-7, Nebraska Thespian Conf (Lincoln, NE)
  • *Jan 25-28, TETA Texas Auditions (Galveston, TX)
  • +Feb 18, Carson School (9-11 a.m.) (Lincoln, NE)
  • +Final: Mar 11, Carson School (9-11 a.m.) (Lincoln, NE)

*Contact conf/festival for access to the auditions/registration

+To sign up for an audition in Lincoln, start your application at the Acceptd link: http://go.unl.edu/acting

Audition Guidelines

  • You should perform two memorized monologues contrasting in mood (for example, a comedy and a drama)
  • If you wish to sing, you can sing 16 bars from a Broadway musical in addition to your two monologues (we will not provide a piano or playback equipment)
  • Monologues should be no longer than 4 minutes combined
  • Avoid dialects and pieces out of your age range
  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Costumes and props are not permitted (chair provided)
  • We urge you to choose pieces that you feel strongly about, and show you at your best

Audition Steps

  1. We use the Acceptd application, so please go to this link and set up your account to get started: http://go.unl.edu/acting.  If you already have an Acceptd account, you can use that login and password.
  2. Optional for audition: Apply for admission to the Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln on the Admissions website. Please indicate “Pre-Theatre” as your major.  Incoming freshman should have a minimum ACT score of 20 or an SAT score of 950. 
  3. Read through and follow the Audition Guidelines.

Questions about the Acting program, audition guidelines or application materials should be directed to the Admissions Coordinator (402-472-2453 or theatrearts@unl.edu).