Prospective Students


Our students at NDSU study theatre for many reasons.

Those who wish to be theatre professionals pick one of our three Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in Performance, Musical Theatre, or Design/Technology.

For students who want a more general theatre degree, we have strong Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees. These two degrees also work well for those who want to double-major or for students interested in theatre education, directing, or dramaturgy.

Our department offers a production environment modeled on professional theatre but in an educational setting. We also have several student organizations including: USITT, newfangled theatre company, and TBD Comedy.

Set up a visit now by contacting either:

Tiffany Fier
Associate Professor of Set Design
Director of Theatre NDSU Recruitment

Explore our website! Check out our:
Degree programs

Take a virtual tour of Askanase, the Theatre NDSU building
Schedule a Campus Visit

Email Tiffany Fier with your questions!

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  1. Apply to the university through the Office of Admission. This will help guarantee that you have completed all of the paperwork that will allow you to eventually apply to be a Theatre major. Through Admissions, you will be connected with the Department of Theatre to meet with our Co-Director of Recruiting, Associate Professor Tiffany Fier, during a scheduled orientation day, when possible.

  2. Explore the offerings our program has so, when we meet with you on your visit, we can get you started on the right path for you. You can download information about each program area
    BA/BS Generalist
    BFA Musical Theatre
    BFA Performance
    BFA Design/Tech.

  3. Send Associate Professor Tiffany Fier an email (noting your degree program of interest).

Students Preparing for Scholarship Auditions will need to do the following:

  1. Apply to NDSU

  2. Schedule an audition or interview by contacting Associate Professor Tiffany Fier at These will be done either in-person or over Zoom depending upon the prospective student’s preference.

  3. Fill out our online scholarship application form

  4. A virtual OR in-person audition is also required for those interested in Musical Theatre or Performance. These items can be recorded and sent via email or during a scheduled scholarship audition on-site

    Prospective Musical Theatre students will want to prepare the following:
    • A one-minute song cutting from a recognized musical
    • A contrasting one-minute monologue

    Prospective Performance students will want to prepare the following:
    • Two contrasting one-minute monologues

    Prospective Design/Tech students will want to send:
    • Images of their most recent work.

  5. And finally, students will need to submit the following via email to Associate Professor Tiffany Fier
    1. An unoffical copy of your High School Transcript
    2. A resume
    3. At least one letter of recommendation

First, apply to be a student through the Office of Admission.

To be admitted as a Theatre major at NDSU, you must meet the university requirements.
The guidelines for admission to NDSU include:

  • 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • 21 ACT or 970 SAT score NDSU’s ACT/SAT requirement has been waived for applicants applying for Fall 2020-Summer 2023.
  • College preparatory courses (core classes)
    • 4 years of English
    • 3 years of Math (Algebra I or higher)
    • 3 years of Lab Science
    • 3 years of Social Science

As an incoming Theatre major it is important for you to take the following courses the first semester:

  • THEA 270 (Stagecraft)
  • THEA 271 (Costume Craft)
  • THEA 161 (Acting I – Performance Majors) or THEA 272 (Drawing for the Stage – Design/Tech Majors) within your first year