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Off Campus & On Campus Auditions

In order to be admitted to any of the B.F.A. Theatre Arts degree programs or the Musical Theatre minor, and to be considered for a Departmental Fine Arts scholarship award, prospective students are required to audition/present their portfolio either on campus at the Drake Theatre Audition Day or the National Unified Theatre Auditions. We strongly encourage student to apply and seek admission to Drake University BEFORE auditioning (we will not accept any student into our program until applications are completed with Drake University). 

Off Campus: February 5-7, 2018

National Unified Theatre Auditions

Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St. Chicago.
Meeting room: Sandburg 4

Please sign up for a 10 minute appointment by filling out the audition form.

We will be seeing walk-ins as well. Please note that we have the same audition requirements as any of our on-campus auditions. See links below: 

On Campus: Monday, February 19, 2018

To register for an audition/interview please fill out the audition form.

Audition/Portfolio Requirements

Important Information

  • If auditioning on the Official on campus Audition Day, Drake Department of Theatre Arts will provide an accompanist.
  • If attending an individual audition appointment (not preferred), Drake Department of Theatre Arts does not provide an accompanist. Therefore, actors must provide own prerecorded music on an iPod, phone or CD.
  • Applicants who live more than 200 miles from Des Moines may submit a video audition for consideration. Videos must be received by February 20, 2018.
  • Musical Theatre minors are not eligible to receive a Fine Arts Scholarship.

Also, we will have representatives at The International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, NE in June 2018.  We will be observing the auditions and portfolio reviews at this festival.

At the ITF we will be holding callbacks; however, we will not be making offers for admission into any of the BFA programs at these festivals. 

Students will need to officially apply to the University and audition for a spot in the BFA program.


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Drake University Theatre’s upcoming repertory showcase features two full-length, mainstage productions that vary significantly in style and message. The shows run Feb. 22-25.