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Best theater schools without an audition?

lzs18lzs18 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
edited March 2009 in Theater/Drama Majors
I am currently a freshman theater major at Columbia College Chicago, and I'm hoping to transfer for the Fall 09 semester. I want to continue in theater but I think I'm too late to apply and schedule auditions for the 2009 Chicago Unifieds. Also, I want to go to a school where I can get great training but also a well-rounded education. Opinions on the best theater schools that don't require an audition? Any advice would be appreciated!

My stats:
High school GPA: 3.99
Class rank: 20/499
AP: 4 courses, 4s and 5s on all AP tests
ACT: 33
College GPA: 3.94
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Replies to: Best theater schools without an audition?

  • KatMTKatMT College Rep Posts: 4,017 Senior Member
    There are many strong theatre programs that do not require an audition. Best is in the eye of the beholder, and is more about best fit for the student. Can you give a little more information in terms of size, geographical preference, etc...
  • lzs18lzs18 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    I would ideally like to be in the Midwest or the Northeast...just not anywhere in the South. I don't have much of a preference in regards to size-- I'm pretty open to looking at any good school that also offers a great drama program.
  • KatMTKatMT College Rep Posts: 4,017 Senior Member
    I would suggest looking at Muhlenberg College in PA. If you are looking for good LAC I would also suggest Skidmore and Vassar in NY.

    I am sure there are many great schools in the midwest as well... I am not as familiar with the programs out there.

    I saw that you were also asking on a different thread about William & Mary.... it is definately in the SOUTH :)

    I teach at James Madison University also in VA... There is a required audition for the Musical Theatre Concentration, but currently an audition is not required for the Theatre Concentration. I would be happy to answer any questions you have about JMU if you PM me.

    Best of luck to you!
  • lzs18lzs18 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    Thank you for all of your help!
  • ColdWindColdWind - Posts: 1,598 Senior Member
    Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Only 100 theatre majors accepted per year. Top 3 undergrad theatre program. All theatre majors in the communications school can double major and/or minor in the College of Arts & Sciences. Many regard Northwestern's undergrad theatre program as the best in the nation. Regardless of one's opinion, it certainly is the best program which does not require an audition. Admission, however, is highly competitive.
  • Margot33Margot33 Registered User Posts: 105 Junior Member
    lzs18, is there a reason you are transferring from Columbia College Chicago? I was considering applying to their theatre program.
  • capemomcapemom Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member

    Since they don't require an audition at Northwestern how do they evaluate applicants?
  • soozievtsoozievt Registered User, ! Posts: 31,304 Senior Member
    Those whom I know who landed at Northwestern for theater are kids who are competitive for BFA audition programs and are very strong in talent. I believe a school can assess quite a bit on paper if a student is highly committed to this area and has achievements of note in it. They can also examine the kind of student they are. This is enough to accept them and train them further. They still land with a talented student body in the program.

    As well, since it is not a BFA, it is not a professional degree program. It is a BA which is a college major in a liberal arts context. It is not as crucial that they accept kids into a BA major of a certain level of talent in that field like it would be for a professional training program. Rather, they accept very strong students who have demonstrated strong interest and have achievements in their background enough so that they can handle the BA degree program, which is what it is after all.
  • amtcamtc Registered User Posts: 2,863 Senior Member
    In addition, the upper level acting classes need audition/professor approval so it's not exactly a "free ride" into these classes.
  • soozievtsoozievt Registered User, ! Posts: 31,304 Senior Member
    Good point, amtc. Also the MT Certificate Program at NU, requires an audition to get in after a year or two in the university.
  • momof3sonsmomof3sons Registered User Posts: 5,116 Senior Member
    I have read in more than one place that Northwestern only accepts a certain number of students as theater majors. Does anyone know if this is really true and if so, what that number is, and when the determination is made?
  • TheatreMom2009TheatreMom2009 Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
    momof3sons, I just commented on another post regarding our discussion with the NU Theater department last year. In that discussion we were told they accept a maximum of 100 incoming students each year into the Theater department. They also stressed to us that it is extremely difficult to transfer into the program as they want their students to be in the department for the full 4 years. Although the program is a BA degree, according to the NU Theater Department web-site, they consider their program a conservatory .
  • amtcamtc Registered User Posts: 2,863 Senior Member
    That's very true - it's much easier to transfer out (which does happen) than to transfer in (which is nearly impossible!)
  • momof3sonsmomof3sons Registered User Posts: 5,116 Senior Member
    Thank you for the information. I could not find that information on the NU web site.
    Do you know if it is feasible to double major in Theater and another subject from the School of Arts & Sciences? Are there students who actually do?
  • TheatreMom2009TheatreMom2009 Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
    momof3sons, we did not ask this question of the NU Theater department so I don't know their "official" stance on the matter, but, my daughter knows a boy who is a Sophomore in the program and is double-majoring in English. I suspect that it is easier to double-major in certain subjects than in others due to the possible cross-over of classes. English/Theater are certainly very intertwined. I would strongly recommend that you contact the department! They are very nice and helpful.
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