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Open House

Thursday, December 5, 2019

            Time:   10:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

                        7:30 p.m. curtain for As You Like It

            Cost:    Free to pre-registered students

            Limit:   12-students per school

            Registration Deadline: November 25, 2019

Register Now

The Fresno State Theatre Arts Department invites you and your students to visit our campus on Thursday, December 5 for our 26th Annual Open House.

This event gives college-bound high school students the opportunity to meet our faculty and to discover more about our programs in Theatre and Dance. The day includes Scholarship auditions and interviews, workshops, tours of the facility, and a pizza party; it ends with a final dress rehearsal of As You Like It directed by Professor Kathleen McKinley in the John Wright Theatre.

PLEASE NOTE: We are making some changes to the Open House schedule and how we handle auditions for Theatre Arts and Dance Scholarships.

  1. Open House begins at 10:30 AM. Registration 10:00-10:30 AM.
  2. Students who have applied to Fresno State for Fall 2019 and who are seriously considering a major in theatre or dance will now have TWO opportunities to audition or interview for scholarships in acting, design, and dance.
    1. They can sign up to audition or interview during the Open House (11:00-12:15), OR
    2. They can sign up to audition for a date to be announced. 
  3. The auditions will now be more private. Only the students applying for scholarships will attend the audition or interview sessions.
  4. Other students may attend facility tours or have lunch from 11:00-12:30.
  5. All students who audition for acting scholarships at the OPEN HOUSE will be invited to a special feedback session and have the opportunity for one-on-one coaching from our faculty.

Guidelines for Students: How to apply and prepare for the Open House

Be sure to apply for admission to Fresno State by November 30, 2019 for more information. 

Acting Audition

Dance Audition

Design/Tech Interview

Students who wish to audition or interview for a scholarship in Dance or Theatre need to register online by November 25.

  • Register for the Acting Scholarship - Link Coming Soon
  • Register for the Dance Scholarship - Link Coming Soon
  • Register for a Design/Tech Theatre Scholarship - Link Coming Soon

Teacher Recommendation Form

Dance Showcase- The Fresno State dance faculty would like to invite each high school who has students attending the open house event an opportunity to share a dance work of their choosing in a studio showing event. It will take place directly after the dance scholarship auditions in the main dance studio (Music Building 124). It will be a wonderful opportunity for the students to see the dance work of their peers and to support each other as artists. No costumes, makeup or lighting design. Just a community of dancers enjoying and participating in their art form. If you are interested in performing or have questions, please contact Kenneth Balint (

If you have further questions, please email  If you have specific questions about degree programs or the audition/interview process, please contact one of our advisors.

Melissa Gibson - / 559-278-2522 

Elizabeth Payne - / 559-278-5110

Kenneth Balint - / 559-278-5848