Audition Dates for Admission & Scholarships

All students are required to audition for admission. Acceptance into the program is competitive, so we encourage you to audition early and be well-prepared.

Audition Dates at the Carson School and other National Events

  • *Jun 24-29, 2019 Int'l Thespian Festival (Lincoln, NE)
  • *Nov 21 North Texas Drama Auditions
  • *Nov 21-23 Texas Thespian Festival
  • *Nov 25 Greater San Antonio Auditions
  • *Dec 12-14 Colorado St Thespian Conference
  • *Jan 2-4, 2020 Nebraska State Thespian Festival
  • *Jan 9-11 Kansas Thespian Festival
  • *Jan 9-11 Missouri Thespian Conference
  • Feb TBD Chicago Unified Auditions
  • +Feb 21-22 or TBD Carson School Performance Scholarship Auditions in Lincoln, NE (Auditions, portfolio reviews, workshops, tours, Q&A, and show tickets... More to come.)
  • We reserve the right to add, change, or cancel auditions

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

+To sign up for an audition in Lincoln, start your application at the Acceptd link:

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:  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. Incoming Freshmen need to meet one of the following entrance requirements: 1030 or higher on the Critical Reading and Math Portions of the SAT, or 20 or higher on the ACT. We encourage you to apply for admission prior to your audition. 
  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