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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I audition?
May entering freshmen audition for the mainstage season?
Do you offer scholarships for incoming freshmen?
Do you offer summer work?
Have your graduates been successful?
Will I have any academic advising within the BA program?
Will there be any production performance guarantees for participants in this program?
Will I be allowed to do production work outside the department?
How soon may I take theatre courses?
If I am thinking of becoming a theatre major but am not sure, who will be my advisor?
Is it possible to have a second major along with the major in theatre?

How do I audition to become a theatre major?
There is no audition requirement for the theatre major.

May entering freshmen audition for the mainstage season?
Yes, all students may audition for the mainstage season. Auditions are usually held in the first week of classes in fall and winter semesters.

Do you offer scholarships for incoming freshmen?
The Department of Theatre and Drama offers scholarships for established students. Financial aid information is available on the Admissions website.

Do you offer summer work?
We teach some courses in the Second Summer Session. For production involvement, the Brown County Playhouse produces one musical and three plays in a summer and fall season. In addition, Premiere Musicals: Developing Musical Theatre at Indiana University workshops a new musical culminating in three public performances. We also encourage our students to pursue summer work at other theatres.

Have your graduates been successful?
Our graduates find employment in a wide range of possibilities related to theatre. Though there are no guarantees, in professional theatre especially, graduates of the Department of Theatre and Drama have appeared on television, film, Broadway, national and international tours, regional theatres from coast to coast and around the world.

Will I have any academic advising within the BA program?
Charles Railsback (crailsba@indiana.edu) is the undergraduate advisor in the department.

Will there be any production performance guarantees for participants in this program?
The eight major productions and the wider range of opportunities in our workshop level of activity offer many possibilities for growth and development. At the same time, it must be admitted that there are no absolute guarantees for casting. Individual initiative is a key to participation success.

Will I be allowed to do production work outside the Department?
Yes. There are numorous opportunities for theatre work in Bloomington and the surrounding areas, and we encourage our BA students to explore the many possibilities for involvement.

How soon may I take theatre courses?
You may begin taking theatre courses your first semester at Indiana University.

If I am thinking of becoming a theatre major but am not sure, who will be my advisor?
All freshmen students who wish their primary connection the first year to be with the Department of Theatre and Drama may have advising with the departmentís undergraduate advisor.

Is it possible to have a second major along with the major in theatre?
Yes. Several of our students have second majors. Those students who do not have a second major will likely consider a minor in another area.