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Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

Students seeking admission to Theatre at Penn State Berks must:

  1. Apply for admission. The Undergraduate Admissions Office prefers that all students use the online web application
  2. Schedule a date for an interview/audition with Theatre at Penn State Berks. Interviews/auditions typically begin at 12:00 p.m. (unless otherwise indicated) on dates arranged with the applicant.

Preparation for the Interview/Audition

Before the interview/audition all students must:

  1. Call Dr. Radhica Ganapathy at 610-396-6432 to schedule an audition. Be prepared to indicate your primary degree program emphasis (acting, directing, design tech, theatre management, playwriting, or general) or you may register online.
  2. Send two letters of recommendation, resume, and headshot (a photograph) to:
    • James N. Brown (610-396-6419 or jnb20@psu.edu), Program Coordinator for Theatre, Penn State Berks, Perkins Room 119, Tulpehocken Road, PO Box 7009, Reading, PA 19610
    • Or fax information to 610-396-6026
    • The letters of recommendation should address the student's character and theatre arts experience.
  3. All students need to submit a 1-2 page essay on a designated topic. The topic will be available when you call to schedule an interview/audition. The essay should be sent two weeks in advance of the interview/audition to the Program Coordinator.

Interview/Audition Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Freshmen, Advanced Standing Students, and Change of Major/Assignment:

  1. All students are required to interview with the faculty. Interviews will focus on the student's past theatre experience as well as the applicant's essay.
  2. Only those students interested in the performance emphasis will be asked to audition.
    • Prepare a two-minute monologue from a contemporary script. The character should be appropriate to your age. We suggest that you work with your drama coach to identify an appropriate selection.
    • Please dress comfortably (note: wear shoes that will allow you to move naturally) and be prepared to participate in vocal and physical warm-ups.
    • Students may also submit an audition via Acceptd

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Financial Aid

Please check the our financial aid web pages for information on awards and scholarships available for School of Theatre students.