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Threepenny Opera

Applying to the Department of Theatre of Jordan College of the Arts

When applying to the Jordan College of the Arts as an incoming first year applicant, students are required to submit the following materials:

  • Academic Application to Butler University or Common Application
  • Theatre Checklist items, including a headshot and theatre résumé
  • Select an Audition Date
  • High School Transcript
  • College Transcript (Transfer Only)
  • Writing Sample
  • ACT/SAT Scores

Important Application Deadlines

November 1: Early Action

February 1: Regular Decision

To access the application for admission, please click here.

Financial Aid

Financial assistance may come from several sources. Merit scholarships and talent awards are offered to students who demonstrate a strong record of academic excellence in high school or display promise in the performing arts. Please visit the Office of Financial Aid website to learn more about financial aid options.

For questions or additional information, contact Amy Barnes, Associate Director of Recruitment, Jordan College of the Arts at 317-940-9656 or



  • November 30, 2018
  • December 7, 2019 (Colorado Thespian Conference)
  • January 19, 2019 (Washington D.C.-area)
  • January 25, 2019
  • February 18, 2019
  • March 1, 2019
  • Dates TBA (New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago during Theatre Unified Auditions)

All audition/interviews completed by March 1, 2019 are considered for a Jordan College of the Arts Award. If possible, please attend our on-campus auditions so you can get to know our students and facilities on the beautiful Butler campus. If you are unable to come to Indianapolis for your audition, we are pleased to announce we will hold several regional auditions.  See above for Regional Auditon dates and locations. 

On Campus Audition Day Information

The on-campus audition day is an all-emcompassing, full-day visit comprised of workshops, panels, and activities in addition to the audition.  Prospective students will meet with the department chair, current students, and alumni as well as participate in a variety of workshops that will give students a true sense of  life as a Butler Theatre student.  Please dress in comfortable clothing.  There will be ample time to change prior to your audition or portfolio review if desired, although not required.

The lunch hour is free time for families to enjoy lunch on the Butler campus.

Monologue and/or portfolio presentations and interviews with Theatre faculty are scheduled individually throughout the afternoon.