Theatre Department Admission & Scholarship Auditions


We are thrilled that you are considering joining the Theatre Department at Southwestern University to further your passion in the arts!

Here’s everything you need to know…


Audition WORKSHOPS for Enrollment Fall 2017


Audition Dates November 13, 2016 & February 26, 2017

Our Audition Workshops will help you get acquainted with the Sarofim School of Fine Arts, learn more about the programs offered, and introduce you to the faculty in the Theatre department.

However, these Audition Workshops are NOT required to join the Theatre Department at Southwestern. Once accepted into Southwestern, any student can become a theatre major if s/he wishes to do so. Our Audition Workshops are required for those students who plan to become theatre majors and wish to receive a Sarofim Scholarship in Theatre. Candidates that receive this award are also eligible for additional assistance such as academic scholarships.

The Fantasticks


Audition Guidelines



Schedule for the day! 

Updated 02-02-2017

  • 9:00 a.m. -9:30 a.m.  The morning session will begin with a continental breakfast and will include meeting our theatre faculty. 

  • 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  You will be divided into groups.  Each group will move through three areas where you have your audition/portfolio review, tour our facilities, and have an acting/script workshop.

  • 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch on campus.  Prospective students will have lunch with current students.  Family members will have lunch with faculty.

  • 1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. SU and Theatre Department curricula and opportunities followed by a Q&A session (Alma Thomas Theatre)

  • 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. See a Theatre Production

In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play - Feb 26


  • 5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Time with the Southwestern University Admissions Team



 * Parents are welcomed to all activities except the formal audition.  We even have time in the day for parents to ask all their questions during lunch with faculty.

Complimentary tickets are available to see  Spring production of In the Next Room: or the vibrator play.


Credit: Carlos Barron


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Sarofim Scholarships in Theatre are for Theatre majors only. 

  • Sarofim Scholarships are renewable annually up to four years, based on satisfactory performance and continuation as a theatre major.
  • This scholarship is made with the expectation that you will make significant contributions to the theatrical life of Southwestern University.  Your Sarofim Scholarship is renewable for a total of eight semesters, subject to departmental review of the following criteria: satisfactory academic progress, contribution to the departmental activities, satisfactory performance with promise of continued growth, demonstration of motivation and interest and maintenance of a 3.0 grade point average in theatre coursework and a 2.5 grade point average in your overall studies.  This scholarship is not transferrable to off campus study or study abroad programs.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Candidates must apply for general admission to Southwestern University separately, and must have an active application to Southwestern University in order to schedule an audition. However, they need not have been accepted yet in order to audition. Please note that, although recommendations will be made following a student’s audition, admission to Southwestern must be granted in order to receive the scholarship. An individual student’s admission status may not be determined until after the final audition deadline in March.

  • Recipients of Sarofim Scholarship in Theatre and Performance Awards may also be eligible for additional assistance such as academic scholarships. In addition, recipients may apply for University need-based aid.

  • For more information, please click: FINANCIAL AIDMERIT SCHOLARSHIPS or call 1-800-252-3166.

  • Any financial aid offer from Southwestern University will be void as of May 1, 2016 if a student accepts financial aid from another college or university.







For any questions regarding auditions please call Julie Hudson at 512-863-1548.


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