Interview Requirements

All students wishing to be considered for our BFA 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.  To schedule your Design and Production or Stage Management Interview please contact 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 resumé focused on your theatre experience, employment history, computer and artistic skills.

BFA -  Stage Management

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

  • Please bring your portfolio prompt script or representative paperwork samples with you to your interview.  
  • We ask that you also scan your presentation materials and submit them prior to your interview.  Files may be uploaded to a web based folder such as Drop Box or Google Drive and a link shared with our stage management coordinator, Sara Theis at 
  • Include a resumé focused on your theatre experience, employment history, computer and artistic skills.
  • Provide two recent letters of recommendation

For all Prospective Students

Applicants will have the option to interview digitally or at an in-person campus interview.  Should you choose to interview on campus, a typical interview day will consist of the following components:

  • Check-In - Upon arrival on campus you will need to check in with the Interview Coordinator at reception directly off the 2nd floor lobby in the Center for Theatre and Dance.   
  • Interview - After check-in, you will be escorted to your interview. The faculty may let you present your whole portfolio or prompt book, 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 have a short break while the faculty discuss your presentation and conversation.  There will be another short meeting with the faculty to discuss the results of your interview and to answer any questions you and your parents may have about the program into which you have been placed. 
  • Tour our Facilities - During your visit you will have an opportunity to tour our facilities and see the spaces in which you would be working should you choose to attend Millikin. 
  • Optional - We would be happy to connect you with some current students who can share insight on what it's like to be a Millikin student.  They can answer many questions about student life, living in the residence halls, and campus experiences, clubs, organizations, Greek life, activities, etc...

Your parents/guardians are encouraged to come to campus with you. While they will not be able to attend your interview, they will be invited to participate in your exit meeting where they will have the opportunity to have any questions they may have answered.  

To make the most of your campus visit, we also recommend making appointments with the Admission, Student Financial Services, and the Campus Life offices so you can have any non-theatre related questions answered.   

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 interview. 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.