A supplementary application is required for admission to the Musical Theatre Major in the School of Theatre and Dance. Students must apply to both JMU and the School of Theatre and Dance separately and should register for an audition day. Please download the Musical Theatre Gateway Audition Requirements for information on what to prepare for your audition, and the application materials you are requested to submit via Slideroom. 

Students who audition for JMU at the Virginia Theatre Association Conference are still required to apply and audition in the same way as other applicants.

What to Expect

Your application for the Musical Theatre major at JMU is an opportunity for you to share who you are as a person, as well as your current skills as a performing artist.  While you are evaluated in the three components of musical theatre performance… singing, acting, dancing… we are equally interested in getting the opportunity to know what makes you unique as a person and artist. On the audition day, you will have an opportunity to meet the Musical Theatre faculty and some of our current students, hear about what our program offers, and ask us any questions. 

Prospective Students may apply for BOTH the Musical Theatre and Theatre majors. Students who wish to be considered for both majors must register for each audition separately. You are encouraged to audition and interview for both on the same day.  Early registration is suggested in order to make sure that slots are available for both majors on your desired audition date. You should prepare the requirements for both the Theatre major and the Musical Theatre major if auditioning for both programs.chicago_230227_565.jpg 

Audition Information
  • Submit your School of Theatre and Dance Application on Slideroom at least 9 days prior to your virtual or in person audition.

The following is a general guide to scholarship programs specific to JMU Theatre and Dance. Prospective students who audition for the JMU Theatre, Musical Theatre, and Dance majors are offered scholarships in the Spring. Continuing students make application early in the spring semester for the following academic year.

For information on more general financial aid and scholarship information, try the following two resources:

For Incoming First-Year Applicants

 Criteria for determining scholarship recipients include the following:

  1. Talent and Ability, based on in-person or virtual audition, portfolio review, submitted materials and interview
  2. Academic promise, based on high-school transcript, GPA (minimum equivalent of 3.0 in a 4-point scale), and standardized test scores
  3. Application Essay (A program-admission essay also serves scholarship application purposes.)
  4. Letter of recommendation (A program-admission recommendation also serves scholarship application purposes.)


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