College of Fine Arts and Production FAQs
You likely have a number of questions regarding the Fine arts and Production programs at Grand Canyon University. The following FAQs should answer many of your questions. Your admissions representative is here to help with any additional questions you may have.
Do I have to audition to be a theatre or theatre education major?
Everyone majoring in theatre or theatre education must audition for the program in addition to being accepted to Grand Canyon University.
Do I have to audition to be a theatre minor?
Students interested in a theatre minor do not have to audition for the program.
How do I audition?
Instructions and sign-ups for auditions can be found on GCU website's College of Fine Arts and Production Audition page.
What is the audition process like?
Incoming theatre majors will book an audition time online. They will receive an email verification of their time and date. The audition will take approximately 15 minutes consisting of an interview, the student's monologues and a question and answer session. Typically, auditioning students will get a chance to talk with current theatre majors in order to get a better idea of how the program works.
Do I have to audition if I want to study technical theatre?
Students wishing to study technical theatre must also sign up for an audition date and time. The audition is generally the same for technical students; however, instead of a performance, the student will share his or her portfolio (documentation of his or her experience).
Are there theatre performance scholarships?
Incoming and transfer students will be eligible for theatre performance scholarships upon auditioning for the program. Scholarship awards must pass through the Office of Financial Aid, so students will not be told how much their award is until they receive an official letter and contract from GCU. The typical turn-around is about three weeks.
I have a theatre performance scholarship; do I have to audition again to keep it?
Theatre scholarships renew each year without additional auditions. That said, students must comply with the requirements detailed in their scholarship contract or else they risk loss of some or their entire award.
Do I have to be a theatre major to receive a theatre performance scholarship?
Only students who are declared theatre majors are eligible for theatre scholarships. Students wishing to double major in theatre and another discipline are eligible under this definition.
Can I minor in theatre education?
Theatre education is a demanding and comprehensive major. Therefore, a theatre education minor is not available at this time.
Can I have a minor or double major while being a theatre education major?
Due to the rigors of theatre education, double majoring in another discipline would require extra semesters. For specifics regarding the educational and financial implications of double majoring, please speak with your enrollment and financial counselors.
What opportunities are there for performance?
The Ethington Theatre Series is the core of the GCU theatre major's artistic life. The Series consists of five mainstage productions. Students can expect a wide range of plays and musicals that complement the classical training they receive in class. In addition to the Ethington Theatre Series, the Director's Lab is open for students wishing to direct shorter work. These productions occur both in the fall and spring, and are selected through an application and interview process. Lastly, GCU's digital film department is a great resource for actors who wish to work in front of a camera. There are numerous festivals, commercials, student projects and professional projects for which students may audition.
Are freshmen allowed to audition for main stage productions?
Students of all levels are encouraged to audition for all productions. Unlike most university theatres, freshmen have frequently been cast in productions, often in principal roles.
Can non-theatre majors audition for productions?
Roles in all productions are open to the entire university family.
Can I major in musical theatre?
Students wishing to pursue musical theatre have the opportunity to supplement their theatre degree with the tremendous flexibility of GCU's tuition model. Full time students can take between 12 and 18 credit hours each semester without a change in their tuition. Many of our musical theatre-minded students will use their electives to take a wide array of dance classes as well as private voice lessons.
What is the theatre community like?
Due to the high output of productions throughout the school year, GCU theatre students spend a great deal of time together. In addition to performance, all of our scenic, costume and lighting shops are staffed almost entirely with theatre majors. Students who are looking for an even more immersive experience can join Alpha Psi Omega (APO), our co-ed theatre fraternity. APO is an honors society of theatre artists who have earned admission through service and participation in approved theatre activities. APO also sponsors trips both locally and abroad to see professional theatre and film.
Is it possible to specialize in a particular aspect of theatre?
Starting in Fall 2014, students will be able to graduate with either an emphasis in performance or technical theatre and design.