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BFA Design Tech Admission

Admission to the BFA Design/Tech program is competitive and requires a personal interview. Due to the pandemic, we are revising our plan for Fall 2021 admission interviews. An interview application form and updated details will be available here as soon as possible. Notifications will also appear on our social media channels, so please follow us @cmutheatre on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter

Below you’ll find information about past auditions. The coming year’s process will include similar activities with adjustments to fit the circumstances. If you have any questions about the process, please contact one of the following people: Paul Collins, Scenery and Lighting Designer; Ann Dasen, Costume Designer; Daniel Thieme-Whitlow, Costume Shop Manager; or Dan Daugherty, Technical Director.

Fall 2021 BFA Design Tech preparation information

Students wishing to enter our BFA Design/Tech program are required to interview with our faculty/staff prior to an admissions decision.  Students not selected for admission to a BFA program may interview again in the coming year or may study in another theatre degree program at CMU for which an interview is not required. All CMU students are eligible to participate in University Theatre productions. 

Your interview gives us the opportunity to evaluate your work and to determine if you would be compatible with our program. Central Michigan University's Department of Theatre and Dance looks for students that display potential for a professional design or theatre tech career.  We seek students that are self-driven, imaginative, motivated and talented.  

Theatre Talent Scholarships

Any student interviewing for the BFA Design/Tech program will automatically be considered for a Theatre Talent Scholarship.  There is no need to complete the separate registration form for that event, which takes place concurrently.   

Interview Preparation and Requirements

We are aware that opportunities to gain production experience and training are uncommon in some areas, and this will be considered in our admissions decision.  Registration is required as the first step. 

  1. Prepare a list of your previous experiences in the field, noting the position you held or the role you played in the production, including stage manager, set/lighting/costume design and construction, light/soundboard, run crew, properties, etc.   

  2. Prepare a list of any educational experiences you may have had in any of the design/tech-related areas noted above.  

  3. Be prepared to discuss your interests and goals, and why you'd like to be a part of the program. 

  4. You may submit any pertinent documentation in advance as part of the Interview registration process.  

  5. If you haven't already done so, please apply for admission to CMU at  Preference is given for CMU Merit Scholarships to students who apply before December 1

Schedule for BFA Design/Tech Interview and Scholarship Competition

  • TBA