Interview and Audition Days

Contact the School of Theatre and Dance to make an appointment to attend an audition, interview and/or portfolio review.

BFA Acting Audition Information

On Campus Auditions
Friday, January 19, 2024
Monday, February 19, 2024
Friday, April 5, 2024

Please e-mail to request an audition appointment and for audition requirements. 

National Unified Auditions
New York City - Pearl Studios
- Saturday, January 27, 2024
Chicago - Palmer House Hilton - Monday, February 5 - Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Los Angeles - Westin Los Angeles Airport - Saturday, February 10, 2024

Please email to request an audition appointment and for audition requirements. 

Virtual Auditions
Please email for a private appointment and for audition requirements. 

MFA in Acting

2025 Auditions

NIU will be recruiting a new class of MFA in acting graduates in the spring of 2025 for acceptance into the program for the fall of 2025. NIU recruits on campus and at URTA unified auditions. Audition dates, times and information will be available fall of 2024. NIU also hosts two on campus callback weekends. Callback auditions are by invitation only. Further information on callback weekends will be available fall of 2024.

Contact: Alex Gelman, Distinguished Engagement Professor and Head of MFA Acting, 815-753-8253, 


Dance Talent Scholarship Application Information

  • On campus auditions will be held Monday, February 19, 2024
  • Deadline for virtual applications: Monday, February 19, 2024
Our 2024 NIU Dance Scholarship Requirements video outlines the requirements for your submission
Fill out and submit your Scholarship Application
If you haven't done so, be sure to Apply to NIU

More NIU Scholarships
The Huskie Pledge
NIU Financial Aid

Area Contact Information

BFA in Acting 
Bethany Mangum-Oles

BFA in Design and Technology 
Professor Tracy Nunnally

BA in Theatre Studies
Assistant Professor Gibson Cima

BFA in Dance Performance
Assistant Professor Marc Macaranas, Head of Dance

MFA in Acting  
Professor Alexander Gelman

MFA in Design and Techology
Professor Tracy Nunnally

MFA in Costume Design
Associate Professor Jeremy W. Floyd

MFA in Lighting Design
Associate Professor Brandon Wardell

MFA in Scenic Design
Professor Sahin Sahinoglu

MFA in Theatre Techology
Professor Tracy Nunnally



Contact Us

For more information about academic programs or productions: 

Office: 815-753-1334
Fax: 815-753-8415

Box Office: 815-753-1600;