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Theatre Productions

Any Illinois State student enrolled for 6 or more hours may audition for School of Theatre and Dance productions after achieving second semester freshman status (9 or more completed hours).

Auditions for Theatre productions are held at the beginning of each semester.

Additionally, auditions are held throughout the year for various Freestage, improv, and independent productions. Find them on social media!

Students can earn course credit while participating in a variety of activities in theatre and dance productions through Theatre Practicum. This course involves hands-on practical work in a variety of areas including costume crew, set crew, light crew, box office, and ushering. After registering for Practicum, students must sign up for a particular assignment during the first week of classes. Contact the School of Theatre office at 309-438-8783 for more details.

Dance Productions

Illinois State Dance Theatre is the pre-professional concert dance company organized through the School of Theatre and Dance. Their mission is to provide students with professional-level dance performance experience and the opportunity to work in a company atmosphere.

Any Illinois State University student may audition to be part of the Illinois State Dance Theatre, regardless of his or her major. Those auditions take place during the first week of classes during the fall and spring semesters. Students selected for the company will be cast in the Faculty/Guest Artist concert for that particular semester, in addition to other local and regional performance opportunities. Those selected for Dance Theatre are required to enroll in at least one dance technique course in addition to attending the weekly Company Class, held each Friday.  Dance productions are held in the Center for the Performing Arts and Westhoff Theatre.   For questions regarding auditions for Illinois State Dance Theatre contact Sara Semonis.

Prospective Student Auditions

As part of the application process to the University, students interested in Acting, Dance Performance, or Dance Teacher Education are required to audition. Students interested in Design/Production are required an interview and portfolio review. Follow the links below for the appropriate program's audition requirements.

2017-2018 Prospective Student Audition Dates

  • November 4th at Illinois State University
  • January 20th  Chicago Area
  • February 17th at Illinois State University
  • March 30 at Illinois State University (not for scholarship consideration)

If you cannot make one of our on campus audition dates, you may submit an electronic audition or portfolio using Acceptd (fee).

Theatre Teacher Education majors and Theatre and Film Studies majors are not required to audition but may interview to be eligible for a scholarship.  For more information please contact Cristen Monson, Academic Advisor at (309) 438-3936 or

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Current Student Auditions

Current Illinois State students are encouraged to audition for upcoming performances produced by the School of Theatre and Dance. Follow the links below for schedules, cast lists, and more.

Audition Schedule and Cast ListsProduction CalendarDesign Production Assignments

Throughout the summer assignment process for 2017-18, this page will be updated to show you what contract date we have reached. When your assignment will be made depends on your contract date, gender, smoking status, Learning Community Participation, roommate requests, and housing-type eligibility.

Contract TypeFemaleMale
New Admit FreshmanDone07/27/17
New Admit TransferDone07/22/17
Returners **Done07/27/17

With almost 12,500 students to house, the contracting and assignments process is a complicated one, needing to accommodate all students in a fair and reasonable way. During this process new freshman and transfer assignments are made first, followed by continuing student assignments. Family assignments are made as space becomes available in designated family housing locations.

Newly Admitted Student Assignments - Assignments for newly admitted freshman and transfer students are made beginning in late-May and continue throughout the summer. More information on this process can be found on our New Student Contact page.

** Returning Student Assignments 

  • Assignments for Returners began with the Recontracting process. This process gave current on-campus residents priority for assignments. A Returner that did not participate in this process may not will be assigned during the summer assignment process based on the date of their contract.

Unassigned FAQs

Why didn’t I receive an assignment?

We are still in the process of making assignments and will continue through the summer. The date that your Housing Contract is received determines your assignment priority. If you don’t have an assignment right now, it means we haven’t reached your contract date yet. Do not worry, we will have space for you!

When will I receive an assignment?

We began accepting 2017-18 Housing Contracts in June 2016 – more than a year in advance of fall 2017! The later you submitted your contract, the longer it will take for us to make your assignment. Generally, more than 50% of contracts have been received before December 1, 2016.

We will continue to process cancellations and assignments throughout June and July. When we will make your assignment depends on when we receive cancellations and the date your contract was received. We believe that we will have the majority of assignments for new students made by July 1.

Do I have any options for receiving an assignment earlier?

There may be space available in Learning Communities. Learning Communities are small groups of students who share classes, living space, and close friendships as part of a cooperative learning program. Most Learning Communities have eligibility and participation requirements, so this option isn’t for everyone. If you were already interested in a Learning Community, this might be a good time to pursue that option.

How will I know when I have received an assignment?

As soon as we have made your assignment, we will send you a notification postcard via U.S. Mail to the address you have on file with the University. If you don’t have an address on file, we will send you an e-mail. Additionally, once your assignment is made, it will be available for you to view in AccessPlus,

What if I don’t get my first choice?

We will try to assign you within your preferences, but we can’t make that guarantee. If your assignment is not within your preferences, it is likely because those options were full when we reached your contract date. Once you receive your assignment, you can use AccessPlus Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays June 1 - July 16, to view available rooms and change your assignment online.

Can I cancel my contract?

If you decide to cancel, please know that the Housing Contract is a legally binding document between you and the DOR for both housing and dining services. All cancellations must be in writing.  For specific cancellation details, please visit our Cancellation website.

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