Music Theatre Supplement

Applicants applying to the Northwestern University School of Communication Theatre Major and are interested in pursuing admittance to the Northwestern University Music Theatre Certificate Program are encouraged to submit an optional  Music Theatre Supplement.*

*This is an optional part of the application process. The Music Theatre Supplement is not required.

Students who are interested in Music Theatre and are applying to the Bienen School of Music DO NOT need to submit this Music Theatre Supplement. Bienen School of Music Voice Majors must audition for the program after their first quarter of study.

Supplemental Materials

The Music Theatre Supplement is now LIVE and ready for submissions.

The Music Theatre Supplement can be submitted online. *Applicants must have first registered with the COMMON APPLICATION.

The following submissions are requested:

  1. Resume
  2. Photograph
  3. Personal Statement (video)
    • Applicant provides video recorded response to the Music Theatre interview questions:
      #1 “Give us insight into what excites and intrigues you about musical theater performance today.”
      #2 “What do you see yourself achieving through an education in musical theatre performance?”
  4. 2 Performance Videos (Acting a Song)
    • Two musical selections up to 32-bars in length.
      Both songs must be memorized, and one should be written before 1968.
      Live or recorded accompaniment is preferred to “a cappella” singing.
  5. Optional Supporting Materials

Applicants may submit any of the following supporting materials: Video of a monologue, dance, or instrumental skills.

Videos do not need to be professionally produced. Un-edited “one take” videos are preferred. Applicants may opt to use a smart phone to record their video. Accepted file types for videos are: avi, m4v, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpg, vob, wmv, mkv.

Admission to the Music Theatre Certificate Program

Admittance to Northwestern University and the Department of Theatre DOES NOT ensure admittance to the MUSIC THEATRE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM. In-person auditions for the Music Theatre Certificate Program normally occur AFTER students have begun their first quarter of study at Northwestern.


Music Theatre Supplement deadlines coincide with standard Northwestern Undergraduate application deadlines:
Early Decision: November 1
Regular Decision: January 1.

Transfer Applicants may submit the Music Theatre Supplement at the time of their application.


For questions regarding the Music Theatre Certificate Program or the Music Theatre Supplement process contact the Music Theatre Office: 847-467-0333.