Admission & Forms for Theatre Arts

The Department of Theatre and Dance is dedicated to two primary goals: to provide students with the highest caliber of training in theatre and dance that will allow them to create performances of any kind at any level, and to provide the southern Minnesota region with a multi-faceted, high quality theatrical and dance experience. These goals interweave to provide entertainment and education to those on both sides of the curtain. 

Undergraduate Degree Programs:
We are a production-oriented program that supports those experiences with top-notch, constantly evolving academic programs for everyone from the Theatre Generalist to the student seeking the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting, Musical Theatre or Design/Technology. We encourage all incoming first-year and transfer students to apply for Talent Grant.

How to apply for a BA or BS in Theatre Arts:

  1. Apply and be admitted to the University
  2. Meet with the department chair during a scheduled orientation day
  3. Declare a major in Theatre Arts or Dance by setting up a meeting with the department chair, Julie Kerr-Berry.

How to apply for a BFA in Theatre Arts:
The BFA degree programs offer a concentration in theatre study to a limited number of highly motivated and talented students. Admission to all BFA programs is highly competitive and limited in terms of student enrollment to insure the individual attention necessary for effective professional training. Read more about the BFA admission requirements.

  1. Apply and be admitted to the University
  2. Complete the BFA application (if you are also applying for a Talent Grant, you do NOT need to fill-out the Talent Grant application form.
  3. Audition or Interview (Design/Technology Program Only) for the program. The next audition will occur on Thursday, August 20, 2020. The Department will contact you with your audition time.

Graduate Degree Programs:
We offer graduate programs leading to the Master of Fine Arts and Master of Arts. With its emphasis on professional preparation in acting, directing, design or technical production, graduate studies in Theatre at Minnesota State University provides many opportunities for students seeking to enrich and broaden their backgrounds and interests.

The Department of Theatre and Dance is production-oriented and offers six mainstage productions during the academic year, four studio shows, two touring theatres, along with a four-play summer season and two laboratory theatres.

Approximately 12 graduate assistantships are available each year.

How to apply for a graduate degree:

  1. Apply and be admitted to the University
  2. Complete the Graduate application
  3. MFA applicants, submit video audition.