Thank you for your interest in the Musical Theatre program at Shawnee State University. Below please find instructions for applying to Shawnee State and requesting an audition. Please be sure to review the information carefully. It is to your advantage to apply as early as possible.
We invite you to tour the beautiful Shawnee State campus. Contact our admissions office at: (740) 351-3221 to schedule a visit. Should you need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Again, thanks for your interest and we look forward to meeting you in the future.
Application instructions for students
entering academic year 2018-2019:
Before completing the online application, please carefully review all of the instructions. All information you supply will be considered confidential. Your application cannot be considered until all of the requested information has been received (application, transcripts, test scores, recommendations, and audition) including proof of English proficiency for international students. All deadlines are postmark deadlines.
Auditions: 2018-2019 academic year will be held on
Times: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: SSU campus, Vern Riffe Center for the Arts
Please send all transcript and test score
materials to the following address:
Office of Admission
Shawnee State University
940 Second Street
Portsmouth Ohio 45662-4344
For the singing portion, applicants should prepare two selections from the Broadway repertoire. One should be "up-tempo" and the other should be a ballad. Neither selection should exceed 32 measures in length and all selections must be performed from memory. Longer auditions will be stopped. Students may bring their own accompanist; a local accompanist will also be available. Applicants should bring a binder of music in the correct key with all cuts clearly marked. No a cappella singing will be permitted! Musical numbers MUST NOT include choreography.
For the acting portion of the audition, applicants should be ready to present a prepared monologue from a play. Suitable material may be comic or dramatic in nature but must not exceed 60 seconds in length. Longer performances will be stopped. Applicants must supply a resume that includes their contact information, performance history and training plus a recent 8x10 headshot. No scrapbooks please.
Dance auditions/training sessions, or dance combination choreography will be taught throughout the day. Bring appropriate dancewear for your auditions. Those with tap experience will have the opportunity to showcase their tap skills.