Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Interview Requirements
All students wishing to be considered for our B.F.A. degree programs in design & production, stage management and theatre administration must complete a successful interview. Interview requirements are listed below. To ensure a strong interview, please keep these guidelines in mind when making preparations.  If you should have questions regarding the information below, please contact our audition/interview coordinator.  
B.F.A. - Design and Production

For your interview, you should prepare a portfolio and be able to discuss your experiences, skills and goals. Your portfolio should highlight your strengths as a designer and/or technician. Suggestions include:
  • Photographs of past productions. Completed projects, as well as process shots, allow the interviewers to get a sense of your past experience, the quality of work you do, etc.
  • Design or paperwork from productions. If you designed the costumes, the renderings should be included, along with the photo of the completed garment. If you were the master electrician, bring paperwork such as hang sheets.
  • 3-D examples of work are fine, as long as they are a reasonable size. A model of the set, a costume or small prop is a fine example of your skills.
  • Artwork. Sketches, drawings, paintings and photography are great examples. While they may not be theatre work, they do allow the interviewers to assess your artistic abilities and your “eye”.
  • Include a resume focused on your theatre experience, employment history, computer and artistic skills.
  • Provide two recent letters of recommendation

B.F.A. -  Stage Management

For your interview, you should be prepared to discuss your experiences, skills and goals.

  • Bring prompt books or any other types of documentation of your management experience to show. 
  • Provide two recent letters of recommendation

B.F.A. - Theatre Administration

For your interview, you should be prepared to discuss your experiences, skills and goals.

  • Bring examples or documentation to demonstrate your previous experiences in theatre.
  • Provide two recent letters of recommendation

For all Prospective Students, the interview day will consist of the following important components:

  • Check-In - Upon arrival on campus you will need to check in with the Interview Coordinator in the Theatre and Dance office, located in Shilling Hall, room 211.  
  • Portfolio Interview - After check-in, you will be escorted to your interview. You will meet with two members of the Design and Technology Faculty to present and discuss your portfolio. The faculty may let you present the whole portfolio, or they may stop your presentation to ask questions about your ideas, methods, etc. Be prepared to explain your choices. They will ask questions about time management, working with groups, supervision of others. Generally, they want to get a sense of you as a person, your strengths, and your goals.
  • Exit Meeting - Following your interview, you will be asked to step out of the room so that the interview team can discuss your performance and potential. You will then return to discuss your interview and the degree program to which you have been admitted, as well as to answer any specific questions you or your parents have regarding the degree program.
  • Optional - After the meeting, we invite you and your parents to have lunch with some of the theatre majors. They are the prime resource for information on what it is like to be a student at Millikin. They can answer many questions about student life, living in the residence halls, and campus experiences and activities.

Your parents/guardians are encouraged to come to campus with you. While they will not be able to attend your Portfolio Interview, they will have an opportunity to get acquainted with Millikin and have many of their questions answered with you in the exit meeting.

To make the most of your campus visit, we also recommend making appointments with the Admission and Student Service Center offices. They can arrange a campus tour, lunch and dinner on campus, and with a week's notice, even an overnight stay either before or after your interview. You are also welcome to attend classes, athletic events or performances.

College of Fine Arts Scholarships
Students who are pursuing studies in theatre may qualify for either a College of Fine Arts Scholarship or the prestigious Dean's Scholarship for Excellence.  These scholarships are based on talent and/or academic achievement and are awarded at the time of your interview. Scholarships range from $1000 to $5,000 and are renewable annually.



Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL