Scholarship Auditions

Questions can be emailed to: Dr. Jay Seller,

Audition Application Deadline is November 10th

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Colorado Senior University Audition Instructions

Eligibility: Colorado State Thespians offers this opportunity for senior thespians to audition for over forty Universities, Colleges, and Conservatories from across the nation. Any senior Thespian (A thespian is the proper name of an inducted troupe member, registered with The International Thespian Society – with a declared theatre major and at least a 2.75 g.p.a. may apply to audition by submitting the online application form by November 10th. All students who audition must be registered for the conference and be members of their Thespian troupe. Space is limited, so make sure to submit your application early to via the student login. Please note, no refund will be given to students who sign up and fail to follow the directions listed on this page.

Audition Requirements: All auditions are limited to two minutes including the time to introduce yourself by name only. All auditions are monologue presentations in three different categories listed below. Select your audition category as you submit your application. If you exceed the two-minute time limit, the timekeeper will call “time.” The audition space is approximately 12’ by 8’ with general white light. The use of one straight back chair will be available. You may not use costumes, additional set pieces or hand props.

Audition Form Instructions: Each auditor will be viewing your application online, so the auditor’s first impression of you is your online presence. $45 per audition, payable only by credit card online. Please follow these directions to make your first impression a good one!

Audition Day: Confirmation of your audition time will be posted on this page. Report to the posted waiting area fifteen minutes prior to your scheduled audition session, this is a time to warm up and get into your specific order of performance. You will be escorted to the audition room in one group. You must stay through the entire session, approximately 75 minutes. During the session you will sit in the performance order and have the opportunity to watch everyone in your session perform, before and after you. No one may enter the audition room once an audition session begins. If you have questions, your sponsor may contact Dr. Jay Seller at Colorado State Thespians, 303-322-9387.

Callback and /Interviews: Callbacks for a personal interview with college and university representatives will be posted at the end of each audition session. Be prepared to answer questions about yourself, your goals in theatre, and to ask about the school’s program. You may be asked to repeat all or a portion of your audition. Please have the courtesy to contact all schools that call you back. Scholarships and admission, based on your audition, may be offered to you by mail, phone or email after the conference is over.

Colorado State Thespian Scholarship: A $2,000 scholarship will be offered to one student in each of these categories; Acting, Musical Theatre, and Technical Theatre. The auditors will select the recipient in attendance on the basis of your audition. The award will be made directly to your college or university on confirmation of your intent and enrollment. The award is presented at the closing of the conference and the recipient/troupe must be in attendance and perform.

Audition Category Definitions:

Acting: Perform two contrasting selections from published literature within the two-minute time limit. Choose characters reasonably close to your own age that provides opportunity for physicalization. Make sure you feel comfortable with the selections and make your characters come fully alive in the short time you have.

Musical Theatre: Perform one acting and one musical selection within the two-minute time limit. Accompaniment for musical auditions must be prerecorded on a MP3 compatible device. Amplification will be provided via an auxiliary cord (1/8″ input), however, operation of the player and any necessary adapters to your device is your responsibility. Dance auditions fall under Musical Theatre, perform one acting or musical selection and a one-minute dance routine. Follow the applicable rules above, a dance only audition will not be allowed.

Technical: A space will be provided to lay out your portfolio, designs, renderings, plots, books, pictures, etc. which illustrate your expertise in technical theatre. In the form of a one-minute introduction, you should prepare to discuss your previous work, the productions you have worked on and your expectations of future theatre involvement. After all introductions are complete, auditors will spend some time with each of the students displaying their work. Your work will be on display all day for the auditors to review previous to your introduction. All technical auditions will take place at the same time, in the same room. The time limit each auditor has with you is somewhat relaxed and informal.


Encourage your student to register for this event, this is not something that a parent or teacher should do for the student ( Pay special attention to the restrictive time limit. Encourage your students to contact college representatives who call them back. Remember that each student represents you, your school, and Colorado State Thespians. Due to limited space and at the request of the auditors, sponsors will not be allowed to observe the scholarship auditions.