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Dazzle dozens of colleges all in one place through a unified audition! 

A young Black actress stands onstage singing an audition song.
Get an early start on your college search, learn more about majoring in theatrical and performing arts programs, and meet with representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities at ITF.

Rising seniors can strut their stuff for all the attending colleges at the same time – a quick and easy way to get lots of exposure.

Auditions are open only to Thespians who are in the class of 2023 and purchase the auditions add-on during registration by May 15, 2022. Attendees who have registered for college auditions will receive an email with instructions on how to submit their audition materials. 

How to Audition

  1. Students must be inducted Thespians.
  2. Students must be registered for college auditions on the ITF registration site and pay the additional $50 audition fee. Registration for auditions will close on May 15, 2022 and will not be available during the late registration period.
  3. Beginning April 15, 2022, registered students will receive an email with a link to the application and instructions on how to complete it. Incomplete applications will result in disqualification.
  4. No refunds will be given due to cancellation or disqualification.
  5. There is no limit to the number of students from a troupe that may audition for colleges.
  6. Students may audition in only one category: performance, technical theatre, or theatre education. If you have skills in additional areas, feel free to comment on these during your callback with a school.
  7. Completed applications must be submitted by June 1, 2022.

Performance Auditions

Initial performance auditions will be submitted digitaly on OpenWater, and must include:
  • Audition video. Students must upload or provide a link to their audition video, which must:
    • Begin with an introductory slate that includes the auditionee's name and titles of the selections being performed.
    • Be no longer than two minutes in total (including slate and transition between pieces).
    • Contain two contrasting pieces:
      • For students interested in pursuing an acting concentration: two monologues
      • For students interested in pursuing a musical theatre concentration: one monologue and one song (a track must be used for the song – no a capella submissions are permitted)
    • Be solo presentations.
  • Current headshot and resume.
For more information on preparing and filming performance auditions, visit this page.

Dance Auditions

Dance auditions are optional but highly encouraged for students pursuing a musical theatre concentration.
A group of students performs a routine at a dance audition.

  • All dance auditionees must register for and complete a performance audition.
  • Dance auditions will take place in person at ITF. Students will learn and perform a combination during the audition period. Students may not audition with their own pre-choreographed combinations.
  • Pre-registration for dance auditions is required and will be made available on June 10, 2022.
  • Auditionees will not receive written or oral critiques on their dance from college representatives.

Technical Auditions A female costume designer shows off her executed costumes during a callback.

Initial technical auditions will be submitted digitaly on OpenWater, and must include:
  • Three representative samples of work from their technical theatre portfolio.
  • Audition video. Students must upload a 3-5-minute video presentation of them speaking about their work.
  • (OPTIONAL) Students may answer the written response prompt.
  • Current headshot and resume.
For more information on preparing and filming technical auditions, visit this page.

Theatre Education Auditions

Initial theatre education auditions will be submitted digitaly on OpenWater, and must include:
  • Current headshot and resume.
  • Written response question.
  • Students must prepare and upload one of the following according to the guidelines above:
    • Performance audition
    • Technical audition
For more information on preparing theatre education auditions, visit this page.


Callbacks will take place in person at ITF. Callback lists will be posted at the start of the festival. Students called back should visit the appropriate booth(s) to schedule a specific time with the school(s). Callbacks may be held throughout the week at the discretion and convenience of the college representative and the auditionee.


Colleges participating in the Unified College Auditions award admission and hundreds of scholarships to ITF attendees each year.

Thespians also can be considered for scholarships through the Thespy® Awards program or by applying for other EdTA scholarship opportunities by April 1, 2022.

Please contact Sarah Garvey with any additional questions.
College and university representatives interested in participating unified college auditions should contact Angel Wuellner.

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