College auditions

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 Festival. Rising seniors can strut their stuff for more than fifty colleges--a quick and easy way to get lots of exposure.

Registering for auditions

  1. Students must be registered for college auditions on the Festival registration site.
  2. Students must complete a college audition application and submit payment via Acceptd. The fee to apply for auditions is $46 and must be paid with a credit card. No refunds will be given due to cancellation or disqualification. 
  3. Students must have a 2.75 GPA or higher to audition.

How to apply using Acceptd:

  1. Visit
  2. Create a profile by entering your email address, a password, your name, birth date, and interests.
  3. Click the "New Application" box.
  4. In the top search bar type "International Thespian Festival," or, on the left, click "Organization," then "Festival/Camp." Scroll down to "International Thespian Festival – Lincoln, Nebraska."
  5. Once you’ve found the Festival page, click "Get Started."
  6. On the left click "Select Program Group", then click either "College Auditions" (just completed junior year) or "Scholarship Auditions"(just completed senior year). It is very important that you select the correct auditions program.
  7. Next click "Select Program." For college auditions choose either "Performance" or "Technical." For scholarship auditions choose "Performance," "Playwriting/Film," "Technical Theatre," or "Theatre Educator."
  8. Next click "Apply," then scroll down and check the box that states, “I understand…” Then click the Apply box.
  9. Complete your application.
  10. You may start your application, save it, and come back to it at a later time.
  11. When submitting your completed application you will need to pay the $46 application fee with a credit card.

Application deadline

Completed applications must be submitted by May 1, 2017. No registrations or applications will be accepted after May 1.

Audition time assignment

Auditioners arriving on campus should report to the Auditions table in the Lied Center lobby to schedule their audition date and time. College auditions will take place at the following times:

Performance auditions:

Monday, 4:00 - 6:00pm, 7:00 - 8:30pm.
Tuesday, 9:00am - noon, 1:30 - 6:00pm.
Thursday, 1:30 - 6:00pm. 

Technical auditions:

Wednesday, 1:30 - 6:00pm.

At the audition

  1. Dress neatly. No costumes.
  2. Bring any sheet music, presentation aids, hand props, or other materials.
  3. No recorded music or a capella singing will be permitted.
  4. When preparing monologues, avoid selections with dialects or accents, or any classical material.
  5. Arrive at the audition session at least ten minutes early for performance auditions, or thirty minutes early for technical auditions.
  6. Bring hard copy résumés and headshots to Festival to distribute to schools at callbacks or during exhibit hours.

College representatives will have only the information entered into Acceptd about each auditioner. Only college representatives and staff will be allowed in the audition session. Auditioners must attend their entire audition session. Sessions range from one and a half to three and a half hours. Students auditioning in technical theatre should expect to stay longer than three hours.

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.

Auditioners 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. No recorded music will be accepted, and an accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music. Auditioners will not have time to practice with the accompanist and may not bring their own accompanists to auditions. No dance auditions will be permitted during regular college auditions. However, for those interested, a separate dance audition will be held on Friday. Students must sign up for dance auditions at the Festival information desk.

Auditioners will not receive written or oral critiques from the college representatives. 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. Auditioners may not use additional set pieces and must supply any needed hand props.

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. Feature an explanation of the portfolio.
  4. Auditioners must provide their own laptops. Power outlets are available.

Auditioners are assigned to spaces. Expect the space to be limited to three feet. Groups of college representatives will visit each space, and auditioners will present their work to each new group.


Each auditioner 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 auditioner has taken drafting, technical drawing, and/or visual art courses, include examples of that work. Stage management, publicity, or theatre administration auditioners should include journals, promptbooks, or marketing materials.

Callbacks for college auditions will be posted in the Lied Commons. Auditioners should contact colleges directly for details. Most callbacks will be held on Friday and Saturday.

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