Auditions for Dance and Theatre

  • Auditioning for Dance and Theatre Programs


    Thank you for considering the performing arts programs at Dean College! Admission to the Dance or Theatre programs is based on the review of the applicant's academic credentials through the Dean College Online Application for Admission as well as a by means of a required audition in person.

    The Dean College audition days are designed to give applicants the opportunity to be evaluated in a comprehensive manner, while also getting more familiar with the Dean campus as well as some of our faculty, and to obtain more information regarding the admissions process, degree tracks, departmental policies and more.

    Students applying to degree programs in Dance or Theatre are required to complete an audition so that the applicant's ability to succeed within the demanding performance curriculum may be assessed. Prospective students must complete their application for admission prior to participating in an audition. Based on their audition, students who are not accepted to a performing arts program may be admitted to Dean in another major and have the opportunity to re-audition during their freshman or sophomore year. 

    Students applying to the Technical Theatre program must submit a portfolio and students applying to Theatre Studies program must complete a supplement outlining their theatre background and goals. These may be submitted in lieu of an audition. Applicants will see these requirements on their online application portal. 

    Please contact Joe Zumbo with questions or to explore these options in more detail.

    Upcoming Dance and Theatre Audition Dates for 2018-2019

    On-Campus Dates

    • Saturday, October 6, 2018
    • Sunday, November 11, 2018
    • Saturday, December 8, 2018
    • Saturday, February 9, 2019
    • Saturday, March 23, 2019
    • Saturday, March 30, 2019

    **To register for a Dance Audition, please click here
    **To register for a Theatre Audition, please click here

      Prepare for On-Campus Auditions

      Upon registration, an e-mail will be sent with more details regarding your audition date.

      Off-Campus Options

      Faculty and staff  will offer auditions at a variety of off campus locations throughout the year.

      October 13th and 14th, 2018 - Dancing Through College and Beyond (Dance)

      February 4th - 7th, 2019 - Dean College Theatre Auditions in conjunction with the Chicago Unifieds (Theatre) - REGISTER TODAY

      If you plan to be in attendance for any of the events listed below please let us know!  You can email Ashley Reed ( directly and you may also submit your headshot and resume in advance to the same email.

      February 15th - 18th, 2019 - Northwest Regional High School Dance Festival - Vancouver, WA (Dance)

      March 15th - 19th, 2019 - Regional High School Dance Festival - Madison, WI (Dance)

      March 21st - 24th, 2019 - Regional High School Dance Festival - Norfolk, VA (Dance)

      Check back for additional locations throughout the year.

      *Alternative Audition Options

      We recognize that it may not be possible for all students to attend an on-campus audition.  While completion of the on-campus audition is an expectation for admission to Dean's programs, if this requirement, based on your distance from campus, imposes a hardship on you and your family based on your distance from campus. 

      Please contact Ashley Reed to explore alternative Dance options.
      Please contact Joe Zumbo to explore alternative Theatre options.

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    • 2018-19 Performances

      • Art Mosaic Oct. 19th-20th
      • Scapino! Oct. 25th-28th
      • Footloose Nov. 14th-18th
      • New Dancers Showcase Dec. 7th-8th
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