Interview Requirements

All students wishing to be considered for our B.F.A. Design & Production or BFA Stage Management programs must complete a successful interview. Interview requirements are listed below. To ensure a strong interview, please keep these guidelines in mind when making preparations.  If you should have questions regarding the information below, please contact our Audition/Interview Coordinator. 

BFA - Design and Production

For your interview, you should prepare a portfolio and be able to discuss your experiences, skills and goals. Your portfolio should highlight your strengths as a designer and/or technician. Suggestions include:

  • Photographs of past productions. Completed projects, as well as process shots, allow the interviewers to get a sense of your past experience, the quality of work you do, etc.
  • Design or paperwork from productions. If you designed the costumes, the renderings should be included, along with the photo of the completed garment. If you were the master electrician, bring paperwork such as hang sheets.
  • 3-D examples of work are fine, as long as they are a reasonable size. A model of the set, a costume or small prop is a fine example of your skills.
  • Artwork. Sketches, drawings, paintings and photography are great examples. While they may not be theatre work, they do allow the interviewers to assess your artistic abilities and your “eye”.
  • Include a resume focused on your theatre experience, employment history, computer and artistic skills.
  • Provide two recent letters of recommendation

BFA -  Stage Management

For your interview, you should be prepared to discuss your experiences, skills and goals.

  • Bring prompt books or any other types of documentation of your management experience to show. 
  • Provide two recent letters of recommendation

For all Prospective Students

The interview day will consist of the following important components:

  • Check-In - Upon arrival on campus you will need to check in with the Interview Coordinator in the Theatre and Dance office, located in Shilling Hall, room 211.  
  • Portfolio Interview - After check-in, you will be escorted to your interview. You will meet with two members of the Design and Technology Faculty to present and discuss your portfolio. The faculty may let you present the whole portfolio, or they may stop your presentation to ask questions about your ideas, methods, etc. Be prepared to explain your choices. They will ask questions about time management, working with groups, supervision of others. Generally, they want to get a sense of you as a person, your strengths, and your goals.
  • Exit Meeting - Following your interview, you will be asked to step out of the room so that the interview team can discuss your performance and potential. You will then return to discuss your interview and the degree program to which you have been admitted, as well as to answer any specific questions you or your parents have regarding the degree program.
  • Optional - After the meeting, we invite you and your parents to have lunch with some of the theatre majors. They are the prime resource for information on what it is like to be a student at Millikin. They can answer many questions about student life, living in the residence halls, and campus experiences and activities.

Your parents/guardians are encouraged to come to campus with you. While they will not be able to attend your Portfolio Interview, they will have an opportunity to get acquainted with Millikin and have many of their questions answered with you in the exit meeting.

To make the most of your campus visit, we also recommend making appointments with the Admission and Student Financial Services offices. They can arrange a campus tour, lunch or dinner on campus, or a visit to a residence hall.  You are also welcome to attend classes, athletic events, or performances.

College of Fine Arts Scholarships

Students who are pursuing studies in theatre may qualify for either a College of Fine Arts Scholarship or the prestigious Dean's Scholarship for Excellence.  These scholarships are based on talent or academic achievement and are awarded at the time of your audition. Students pursuing a BA degree may also apply for one of our competitive BA scholarships which are based on academic standing and require an interview and essay.  Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000 and are renewable annually.