Theatre program entry interview

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Ticketing Information for the 2021-2022 Season

The Department of Theatre Arts will not be offering season ticket packages this year out of caution of the university having to shut down due to COVID-19.  Due to a technical issue with our new online ticketing system (AudienceView), patrons will not be able to purchase tickets online for Severe Clear or Love/Sick.  Tickets may be purchase via the phone (608-785-6696) or in person (Center for the Arts Box Office) beginning the Monday prior to opening night for each production.

Any student wishing to enroll as a Theatre Arts major at UW-La Crosse must complete an application through Acceptd and schedule an interview/audition with members of the theatre faculty prior to admission to the program. The interview process offers the prospective student the opportunity to visit the campus, meet theatre students and faculty, attend a production/rehearsal, and share details about their past experiences and future goals. The interview also provides theatre faculty an opportunity to better know each prospective student's theatrical experiences and talents, educational goals, and career expectations.


Program Entry Interview Requirements

Every prospective theatre major must prepare the following materials as part of the interview process:

  1. Start the UWL Admission Application Process. The interview process and admission application process can occur simultaneously. It is important that you apply to UW-La Crosse as early as possible. Be sure to choose "Theatre" as your major on your application so we can track the progress.
  2. Submit an Acceptd application to the program.  UWL Theatre uses the application software program called Acceptd.  This is separate from the UWL Admission application.  Students can begin submitting their Acceptd applications to the UWL Theatre program on September 1st.
  3. Proven academic success. Admission to UW-La Crosse is highly competitive; therefore, it is vital that you maintain a strong academic standing during your high school career. If you think you may not meet all of the admission criteria, contact the Department of Theatre Arts to schedule a "petition for talent" audition/interview.
  4. Schedule a program entry interview. After completing the Acceptd application, you will be granted access to the Acceptd Schedule to schedule an on-campus and/or Zoom interview.  For more details, please contact Greg Parmeter at or 608.785.6694.  Musical Theatre applicants will also complete an Acceptd application and schedule an on-campus and/or Zoom audition through Acceptd.  If you have questions regarding the Musical Theatre audition/application process, please contact Mary Leonard at  Musical Theatre guidelines can be found here.
  5. When completing the Acceptd application, you will need the following items, (Additional details can be found on the Acceptd application form):
    1. Resume.
    2. Headshot
    3. Design/Tech/Management Students:  Portfolio material (renderings, production photos, prompt books, scenic models, etc.). During the interview, be prepared to talk about your work, the choices you made preparing it, and what excited you about it.
    4. Performance/Acting  Students: One 60-90 second monologues (one serious/one comedic)
    5. Musical Theatre Students:  One 60-90 second contemporary monologue and two 60-90 second contrasting songs
    6. One page personal essay explaining your reason for choosing theatre arts as a college major and your career goals/objectives.
    7. Two letters of recommendation from teachers/guidance counselors/etc. (only required if seeking a "petition for talent" admission).


Program Entry Interview Dates

To schedule an interview session, please complete the Acceptd application form.  If you plan to participate in the UW-La Crosse Campus Close Up, you must register for it through Admissions.  Please note the specific dates for  Musical Theatre auditions:

  • Friday, October 8, 2021 (Theatre Interview Day only)
  • Friday, October 22, 2021 (Campus Close Up/Theatre Interview Day)
  • Friday, October 29, 2021 (Campus Close Up/Theatre Interview Day)
  • Friday, November 12, 2021 (Campus Close Up/Theatre Interview Day)
  • Friday, December 10, 2021 (Theatre Interview Day only)
  • Friday, February 4, 2022 (Theatre Interview Day)
  • Friday, February 4, 2022 (Musical Theatre auditions
  • Friday, February 18, 2022 (Campus Close Up/Theatre Interview Day)
  • Friday, March 4, 2022 (Theatre Interview Day)
  • Friday, February 4, 2022 (Musical Theatre auditions 
  • Friday, April 22, 2022 (Campus Close Up/Theatre Interview Day)

For More Information

Greg Parmeter, Recruitment Liaison
352 Center for the Arts
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI  54601
Phone:  608.785.6694
Fax:  608.785.6720

Alumni/Student Spotlight

Calahan Skogman Headshot

Calahan Skogman

Theatre Performance, Class of 2016
Matthias, Shadow and Bone (Netflix)




"Among the many seasons in my journey as an actor, my time spent with UWL Theatre was not only the most special, but the most important. The program offered me incredible opportunities and instilled in me a profound belief in myself as a young artist. It was there that I was fostered by my first theatrical family, and I am forever grateful."