Welcome to NSU Theatre and Dance!

Northwestern State University Department of Theatre and Dance is designated as the Center for Excellence in the Arts for the University of Louisiana System and is one of only 150 programs in the United States accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

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We specialize in undergraduate training in Acting & Directing, Dance, Musical Theatre, and Design & Technology. Thank you for visiting our site. Please look around to discover more about our exciting program. You may contact us at any time if you have any questions regarding NSU Theatre and Dance.

Northwestern Theatre and Dance provides performance/talent based scholarships to theatre majors, theatre minors and dance minors. To receive a scholarship, prospective theatre/dance students must go through an audition/interview process. Students from states outside of Louisiana may also qualify for an “out of state tuition waiver” as part of their scholarship award.

  • Actors must present two, contrasting, one minute, memorized monologues from plays. Preferably a “Shakespeare” and a contemporary monologue.
  • Musical Theatre Actors must present two contrasting monologues as mentioned above. Plus, at least sixteen measures from a musical theatre selection. The student is asked to bring sheet music for the accompanist. If the student has formal dance training, it is suggested he/she prepare a two to three minute dance piece.
  • Dancers must present a two to three minute dance piece. The student will be given a skill placement test and be interviewed by the dance faculty. Students should bring their dance accompaniment on a cd and bring appropriate dance attire.
  • Designers/Directors/Stage Managers/Stage Technicians will be evaluated based on an interview process. Students are asked to bring materials that would qualify the students work, experience and talent. These materials can include, but not be limited to portfolios, photographs of productions, designs, artwork/drawings, prompt scripts, and director’s book.

*** Students auditioning/interviewing for scholarships should dress in business/casual attire. ***

Upcoming Audition Dates:

October 14, 2016
October 29, 2016 (NSide View)
November 5, 2016 (Scholar’s College Day)
November 11, 2016

February 17, 2017
March 4, 2017 (NSide View)
March 11, 2017 (Scholar’s College Day)
April 7, 2017

Students are required to call 318-357-6891 or contact Scott Burrell at nfburrellc@nsula.edu to make an appointment for an audition.

Selected audition dates are listed below. However, students can call to request alternate audition dates at 318-357-6891 or contact Scott Burrell at nfburrellc@nsula.edu.

Students should also visit the “Future Students” webpage on the NSU website, https://www.nsula.edu/future-students/ to inquire about applying to NSU, campus tours, housing, etc.

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Rm. 110, New Fine Arts Building
Phone: 318-357-4522