Prospective Students

Read a recent inquiry from a friend on Facebook here.

The Department of Theatre Arts offers a rigorous training program with a choice of the following concentrations:  Musical Theatre, Performance/Directing, or Technical/Design.  The goal of the Department of Theatre Arts is to prepare its graduates to pursue additional theatrical training, work in the theatrical profession, or a position in one of the many fields that utilize skills developed in a theatre degree program—collaboration, creative thinking, organization, discipline, critical thinking, etc.

The Vanguard University Theatre Department lives in the magical world of theatre, and we are passionate about contributing our talents to furthering your growth and participation in it. We have years of professional experience and knowledge that we want to apply to the shaping of your raw talents. We will develop your communication skills and give you the tools that you can apply to life career goals as well as personal goals. Our bachelor of arts program is carefully designed to line up with where you are when you enter the program and then propel you into your desired career in theatre.

  • Apply to Vanguard University through Admissions
  • Contact theatre manager, Nick Lazaris, 714-619-6425
    • Set up an on-campus visit through Nick Lazaris
    • Set up an audition or interview through Acceptd
  • Create an account on Acceptd and upload the appropriate materials for your concentration
    • Performance/Directing or Musical Theatre prospective students should upload two, memorized, contrasting pieces (drama/comedy OR contemporary/classical). The monologues should be 1-2 minutes each
    • Musical Theatre  students should also upload a Broadway standard (32 bars) that highlight their optimum range.
    • Technical/Design prospective students should upload a sample of their work, either designs and/or a short video in which you discuss your relevant experience.
    • Materials must be uploaded two weeks prior to your on-campus visit.
    • If you are unable to visit the campus, materials must be uploaded by March 1.
  • See a Vanguard University Theatre show
  • Sit in on a class
  • Visit with current students
  • Consider scheduling this during an Admission event.


All prospective students need to upload materials to Acceptd as described above. For your on-campus audition/interview, you may use the same materials you uploaded, or perform different selections. Soloists need to sing a cappella or bring their own recorded accompaniment. A CD/mp3 player can be provided. If possible, photo/resume should be brought to the audition.

Design/technical concentration majors need to make an appointment with David Pecoraro through Accptd for discussion about the program and about their interests and goals.

All prospective theatre majors need to meet with the Theatre Manager on the same day as their visit to fill out the personal information form.  At that time, they will receive a prospective student packet then as well.

Theatre Minor Petition
This a mandatory form if you wish to minor in theatre. Please submit to the Theatre Department.