Entrance Reviews

Theatre Entrance Reviews:

Entry into the Theatre major is contingent upon an Entrance Review.  Note: that if you have your Entrance Review before being accepted into Seattle University, your acceptance into the major is contingent upon your acceptance into Seattle University,

Scheduling an Review

To arrange an entrance review, complete the entrance review form

Reviews are held in two ways:

  • Via Skype – we arrange a time with you to conduct the review over Skype
  • On Campus – Reviews are held regularly on Fridays at 11:30 a.m. However with prior notice we can accommodate other days and times.  If you’re able to come to campus, let us know if you’d like to sit in on a class, see a rehearsal or show (if we are running) or tour our theater.


Reviews are also held during Fall Preview Days and Spring Accepted Student Open House Days.  If you are planning to visit Seattle U during these events, it's a great time to set up a review also.

Entrance Review Guidelines

We recognize that theatre makers emerge from a variety of backgrounds. Therefore, we want to get to know you as a person. For this review process, we ask that you prepare a 3 – 5 minute presentation that highlights your interests and passions as they relate to theatre. Keep in mind that this is an Entrance Review for an academic program – we are interested in your critical and creative thinking as well as the level of your abilities and skills.

There are many ways you may communicate your talents or interests to us. For example, your 3 – 5 minutes of Performance/Presentation could include:

  • Monologue
  • Song
  • Dance/movement piece
  • Playing an instrument
  • Spoken word
  • Story of your life in a nutshell
  • Portfolio
  • Visual art samples (painting, drawing, printmaking)
  • Sketch book, sketches
  • Reading of creative writing – poetry, stories, plays
  • Film/video
  • Recording of a song you’ve written
  • Drafting work
  • The prom dress you designed and made

You can divide your 5 minutes in any way you want, e.g. a monologue and a portfolio review. Be prepared to answer questions following your presentation.

Bring all work samples with you: we do not accept work prior to the Review.

The following scholarships are to awarded to incoming students through the Entrance Review Process

To be eligible for these scholarships you must complete an entrance review by March 22th.

Artistic Potential Award

One-time $1,000 scholarships are available for exceptional incoming students pursuing a theatre major.   These scholarships are awarded for artistic potential in one or more areas of theatre and are awarded through the Entrance Review process.   Eligibility is based on financial need. 

Mary Lou and Richard Amen Scholarship     

The Mary Lou and Richard Amen Scholarship (up to $2000) is awarded to theatre majors with a preference for students who also have a demonstrated and continued dedication to pursuing music.  Awarded in the first year by faculty through the Entrance Review process, this award is renewable yearly through faculty review.  Eligibility is based on financial need.

To apply for a Artistic Potential Award or Mary Lou and Richard Amen Scholarship


  1. Complete an Entrance Review
  2. Submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or theatre professional who can speak to your artistic promise.   
    Submit letters to: Rosa Joshi Put “THEATRE SCHOLARSHIP RECOMMENDATION” in the subject line.
  3. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) 

If you have a question about scholarships contact: Rosa Joshi, Chair of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership 



Rosa Joshi, MFA
Department Chair

Rosie Sabaric
Program Coordinator

Em Olson
Operations Manager