College auditions


Every year, hundreds of Thespians get an early start on their college search by auditioning for more than fifty colleges and universities at ITF. Rising seniors can strut their stuff for more than fifty colleges--a quick and easy way to get lots of exposure.

Registering for college auditions:

  1. Students must be inducted Thespians in order to audition.
  2. Students must be registered for college auditions on the ITF registration site and pay the $46 application fee.
  3. Students must complete a college audition application on Academic Works.
  4. No refunds will be given due to cancellation or disqualification.
  5. There is no limit to the number of students from a troupe that may audition for colleges.
  6. Students must have a 2.75 GPA or higher to audition.

Application deadline:

Completed applications must be submitted by May 1, 2018. No registrations or applications will be accepted after May 1.

Application Instructions

Application instructions may be found here. For additional questions, you may contact Rebecca Wren at (513) 977-4767

Audition time assignments

Applicants arriving on campus should report to the Auditions Table in the Howell Theatre / Temple Building (previous years signup were in the Lied Center Lobby so be sure to go to the right place) to schedule their audition dates and times.

Performance auditions:

Monday, 3:00 - 6:30 PM, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Tuesday, 3:15 - 6:30 pm
Wednesday, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Performance auditions must:

  1. Be ninety seconds long. Time will be called at ninety seconds.
  2. Be solo presentations.
  3. Begin with an introduction: name, school, and titles of selections being performed. Time begins when the introduction ends.

At the audition

  • Auditionees should showcase their best ninety seconds of performance. This could be one monologue or song, two contrasting monologues or songs, or one song and one monologue.
  • Dress neatly. No costumes.
  • Singers must bring clean sheet music for the provided accompanist. Starting and ending points should be clearly marked. There will not be practice time given with the accompanist. Students may not bring their own accompanists.
  • No recorded music or a capella singing will be permitted.
  • Auditionees may not use additional set pieces.
  • The performing area is approximately 5' x 5'. No special lighting will be available. One straight back chair and one small table will be provided.
  • When preparing monologues, avoid selections with dialects, accents, or any classical material.
  • Arrive at the audition session at least 15 minutes early.
  • Bring hard copy résumés and headshots to Festival for callbacks or to distribute during exhibit hours.
  • Auditionees will not receive written or oral critiques from the college representatives.

Dance auditions:

*Highly encouraged for all students pursuing musical theatre performance

 Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

At the audition

  • All dance auditionees must also register and complete a performance audition.
  • Dance auditionees will be taught a combination on site in a musical theatre dance style.
  • Auditionees may choose to perform a basic or advanced version of the combination.
  • Wear proper attire and shoes for dance and movement.
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes early.
  • Students may not audition with their own pre-choreographed combinations.
  • Auditionees will not receive written or oral critiques from the college representatives.

Technical auditions:

Tuesday, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday, 3:15 - 6:30 pm

Technical auditions must:

  1. Be five minutes long. Time will be called at five minutes.
  2. Begin with an introduction: name and school. Time begins when the introduction ends.
  3. Present a portfolio. See portfolio description below.
  4. Auditionees must provide their own laptops. Power outlets are available.

At the audition

  • Auditionees are assigned to spaces. Expect the space to be limited to three feet.
  • Groups of college representatives will visit each space, and Auditionees will present their work to each new group.
  • Arrive at the audition session at least 30 minutes early.
  • All Auditionees must prepare a portfolio. Possible contents include blueprints, photos, renderings, sketches, models, and/or illustrations of scenic and costume designs and light plots. Poster boards, PowerPoint presentations, photos, or other exhibition materials are highly encouraged. If an Auditionee has taken drafting, technical drawing, and/or visual art courses, include examples of that work. Stage management, publicity, or theatre administration Auditionees should include journals, promptbooks, or marketing materials.
  • Auditionees will not receive written or oral critiques from the college representatives.


  • Callbacks for college auditions will be posted in the Lied Commons. Auditionees should contact college representatives directly for more details.
  • Most callbacks will be held on Friday and Saturday.

 Note: Schools are not permitted to make scholarship offers during ITF.