An audition, portfolio, or departmental interview is required for all students applying to the Department of Drama. Acting and musical theater applicants are required to submit a prescreening audition.

The requirements below were for the 2020-21 admissions cycle. We anticipate being able to offer in-person and virtual opportunities for auditions for the 2021-22 cycle, but these details are not finalized yet. Updated audition requirements and processes will be posted no later than September 1, 2021. Please be sure to check back.

Students are responsible for completing their required talent component in addition to meeting VPA and Syracuse University application deadlines. Refer to your program of interest below for specific instructions. Prospective students must also complete the Syracuse University Common App.

Drama Application Deadlines

Early Decision (first-year students only):

Nov. 15, 2021

Note: Prescreen auditions for acting and musical theater must be submitted by Oct. 1, 2021.

Regular Decision (fall):

Jan. 1, 2022

Note: Prescreen auditions for acting and musical theater must be submitted by Nov. 1, 2021.

  • All application and final audition materials must be submitted by Jan. 1, 2022

Spring Enrollment:

Spring enrollment into VPA programs is very limited. Please call the Office of Recruitment and Admissions to discuss availability and timeline.

Acting Prescreening and Audition Requirements

Musical Theater Prescreening and Audition Requirements

Acting and Musical Theater (BOTH) Prescreening and Audition Requirements

Applicants who wish to be considered for both the acting and musical theater programs must indicate this when they submit their prescreening audition. In order to receive consideration for both programs, applicants must submit the required acting audition materials and the required musical theater audition materials as described below. In addition, applicants in acting who wish to be considered for the concentration in musical performance (the “actor-singer track”) must submit for both programs.

Stage Management Portfolio and Interview Requirements

Theater Design and Technology Portfolio Requirements

B.S. in Drama: Theater Management Requirements


Transfer Students

Transfer students are encouraged to complete the application and audition, portfolio review/interview or transcript review as soon as possible, as space is limited in some programs. It is strongly recommended that transfer applicants to VPA follow the first-year application deadlinesTransfer applicants to the acting and musical theater programs must follow the first-year deadlines due to the prescreening audition requirement, which transfer applicants must complete. Please note:

  • Include with your talent submission an unofficial college transcript. This is in addition to the official college transcript you send with your application for admission.
  • Include a paragraph explaining why you wish to study drama, what major you hope to pursue and why, what you expect from the major, and your career aspirations.