Admission into the Western Michigan University Department of Theatre is a multi-step process:

  1. WMU Application: Submit a general application to Western Michigan University here.
  2. WMU Theatre Application: Submit an application through Acceptd to the Department of Theatre here.
  3. Attend an audition or interview: Auditions and interviews for the Department of Theatre are held on and off campus throughout the year. Below is a list of audition and interview opportunities and information about attending each. Dates and details for this year will be updated as soon as possible.

Please note that applying to the University itself before November 1 provides many scholarship opportunities.


On campus auditions and interview

  • February 8 and March 15, 2019

  • Location: Gilmore Theatre Complex, Western Michigan University

  • Programs: All

  • Application: Apply online

Off campus auditions and interviewS


  • Date: October 14, 2018
  • Programs: Acting/ Music Theatre Performance
  • Application: closed audition

Michigan Thespian Festival

  • Date: December 14 & 15, 2018

  • Location: Devos Place, Grand Rapids-  website

  • Programs: Acting, Design and Technical Theatre, Stage Management

  • Application: on site

Illinois High School Theatre Festival

  • Date: January 10-12, 2019

  • Location: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - website

  • Programs: Acting, Design and Technical Theatre, Stage Management

  • Application: Apply online

Unified Auditions, Chicago

  • Date: February 4 & 5, 2019
  • Location: Palmer House Hilton 17 E. Monroe St. Chicago, IL 60603 - website

  • Programs: Acting, Music Theatre Performance

  • Application: Apply online

Chicago Auditions, Theatre Wit

  • Date: March 9, 2019, 10:00a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Theatre Wit, 1229 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 - map

  • Programs: Acting, Music Theatre Performance, Theatre Design and Technical Production

  • Application: Apply online