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Dance Minor Announcement

Any student wishing to enroll as a Theatre Arts major at UW-La Crosse must complete an application through Acceptd and schedule an interview/audition with members of the theatre faculty prior to admission to the program. The interview process offers the prospective student the opportunity to visit the campus, meet theatre students and faculty, attend a production/rehearsal, and share details about their past experiences and future goals. The interview also provides theatre faculty an opportunity to better know each prospective student's theatrical experiences and talents, educational goals, and career expectations.

  

Program Entry Interview Requirements

Every prospective theatre major must prepare the following materials as part of the interview process:

  1. Start the UWL Admission Application Process. The interview process and admission application process can occur simultaneously. It is important that you apply to UW-La Crosse as early as possible. Be sure to choose "Theatre" as your major on your application so we can track the progress.
  2. Submit an Acceptd application to the program.  UWL Theatre uses the application software program called Acceptd.  This is separate from the UWL Admission application.  Students can begin submitting their Acceptd applications to the UWL Theatre program on September 1st.
  3. Proven academic success. Admission to UW-La Crosse is highly competitive; therefore, it is vital that you maintain a strong academic standing during your high school career. If you think you may not meet all of the admission criteria, contact the Department of Theatre Arts to schedule a "petition for talent" audition/interview.
  4. Schedule a program entry interview. After completing the Acceptd application, you will be granted access to the Acceptd Schedule to schedule an on-campus and/or Zoom interview.  For more details, please contact Greg Parmeter at gparmeter@uwlax.edu or 608.785.6694.  Musical Theatre applicants will also complete an Acceptd application and schedule an on-campus and/or Zoom audition through Acceptd.  If you have questions regarding the Musical Theatre audition/application process, please contact Mary Leonard at mleonard@uwlax.edu.  Musical Theatre guidelines can be found here.
  5. When completing the Acceptd application, you will need the following items, (Additional details can be found on the Acceptd application form):
    1. Resume.
    2. Headshot
    3. Design/Tech/Management Students:  Portfolio material (renderings, production photos, prompt books, scenic models, etc.). During the interview, be prepared to talk about your work, the choices you made preparing it, and what excited you about it.
    4. Performance/Acting  Students: One 60-90 second monologues (one serious/one comedic)
    5. Musical Theatre Students:  One 60-90 second contemporary monologue and two 60-90 second contrasting songs
    6. One page personal essay explaining your reason for choosing theatre arts as a college major and your career goals/objectives.
    7. Two letters of recommendation from teachers/guidance counselors/etc. (only required if seeking a "petition for talent" admission).

 

Program Entry Interview Dates

To schedule an interview session, please complete the Acceptd application form.  If you plan to participate in the UW-La Crosse Campus Close Up, you must register for it through Admissions.  Please note the specific dates for  Musical Theatre auditions:

  • Friday, October 21, 2022 (Campus Close Up/Theatre Interview Day)
  • Friday, October 28, 2022 (Campus Close Up/Theatre Interview Day)
  • Friday, November 4, 2022 (Theatre Interviews via Zoom)
  • Friday, November 11, 2022 (Campus Close Up only)
  • Friday, February 17, 2023 (Campus Close Up/Theatre Interview Day)
  • Friday, March 3, 2023 (Theatre Interview Day)
  • Friday, March 24, 2023 (Theatre Interviews via Zoom)
  • Friday, April 7, 2023 (Theatre Interviews via Zoom) 
  • Friday, April 21, 2023 (Campus Close Up/Theatre Interview Day)

For More Information

Greg Parmeter, Recruitment Liaison
352 Center for the Arts
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI  54601
Phone:  608.785.6694
Email:  gparmeter@uwlax.edu 
Fax:  608.785.6720

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Calahan Skogman, Theatre Performance (Class of 2016)
Matthias, Shadow and Bone (Netflix)

"Among the many seasons in my journey as an actor, my time spent with UWL Theatre was not only the most special, but the most important.  The program offered me incredible opportunities and instilled in me a profound belief in myself as a young artist.  It was there that I was fostered by my first theatrical family, and I am forever grateful." Alumni Spotlight--Calahan Skogman Calahan Skogman, Theatre Performance (Class of 2016) Matthias, Shadow and Bone (Netflix) "Among the many seasons in my journey as an actor, my time spent with UWL Theatre was not only the most special, but the most important. The program offered me incredible opportunities and instilled in me a profound belief in myself as a young artist. It was there that I was fostered by my first theatrical family, and I am forever grateful."
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Class Assignment--Lighting Design Class, taught by Mandy Kolbe Lighting Design Class Class Assignment--Lighting Design Class, taught by Mandy Kolbe
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Camille Foss (Class of 2022) focusing lights for the production of Love/Sick in the Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall. Focusing Lights Camille Foss (Class of 2022) focusing lights for the production of Love/Sick in the Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall.
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UWL Theatre faculty, Megan Morey, welding scenery for the production, The Revolutionists. Welding in the Scene Shop UWL Theatre faculty, Megan Morey, welding scenery for the production, The Revolutionists.
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UWL Theatre's Green Room.  Each year, graduating theatre majors "paint a brick" in the Green Room to commemorate their time at UWL.  Is yours in this photo? Green Room Memories UWL Theatre's Green Room. Each year, graduating theatre majors "paint a brick" in the Green Room to commemorate their time at UWL. Is yours in this photo?
UWL Theatre student, Nina Fredrickson, sewing costumes for the productions of Love/Sick and The Revolutionists in the costume shop. Costume Shop UWL Theatre student, Nina Fredrickson, sewing costumes for the productions of Love/Sick and The Revolutionists in the costume shop.
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Students have opportunities to work in the scene shop building sets, painting, designing props, etc. Student Building Scenery Students have opportunities to work in the scene shop building sets, painting, designing props, etc.
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UWL Theatre faculty, Ben Golden, works with a student to prepare and focus lights for the production of Love/Sick in Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall. Focusing Lights UWL Theatre faculty, Ben Golden, works with a student to prepare and focus lights for the production of Love/Sick in Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall.
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