Department of Theatre & Dance

2018 Summer Season

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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.

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 Shakespearean monologue 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 their own digital accompaniment (CD/phone). 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/music player/phone 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 their 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:

Sept 29, 2017 (Stars of Tomorrow performs this weekend)
October 28, 2017 (Scholar’s College Day)
November 4, 2017 (N-side View Day and Les Liaisons Dangereuses performs this weekend)
February 23, 2018 (Dance Concert performs this weekend)
March 3, 2018 (N-side View Day)
March 10, 2018 (Scholar’s College Day)
March 23, 2018 (An Evening of Tennessee Williams performs this weekend)
April 20, 2018 (Into the Woods performs this weekend)

Students are required to call 318-357-6891 or contact Scott Burrell at 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

Students should also visit the “Future Students” webpage on the NSU website, to inquire about applying to NSU, campus tours, housing, etc.

“In the past few years we have had the opportunity to hire several performers, techs and costume students from NSU. Without exception, they have been knowledgeable in their discipline, hardworking, professional in their approach to the job, and a delight to be around. We are pleased that NSU continues to turn out high quality students.”
Cedar Point Entertainment, Sandusky, OH

“NSU students continue to shine at the International Performing Arts Institute in Germany. Their training and ability are extraordinary for undergraduates! NSU has done an outstanding job of preparing them for current auditions in the international Musical Theatre industry.”
Bruce Earnest – Producing Artistic Director, CEO, International Performing Arts Institutes LLC

Join us for our Summer Theatre Camp, July 25 – August 1! Ages 7-14 welcome for a wonderful acting, singing, and dancing experience! Check our our flyer and registration form below for more information:

Summer Theatre Camp Flyer

Registration Form (please fill out and email to Wanda Lucas).


2018 Summer Season
Career Options
Theatre & Dance Alumni


Calendar of Events

Contact Us

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

Summer Activities!

It was a great end of the year in the Theatre and Dance Department, we are proud of all of our graduates and excited to see what the future holds for them! Our students are [...]