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High School Auditions

Detroit Mercy Theatre Company

Performance and Academic Scholarship Auditions

A competitive talent scholarship program with awards up to $13,000 a year.

Your B.A. with a major in theatre starts here! The Detroit Mercy Theatre Company provides opportunities to work on an off stage with professionals and faculty. Students are challenged each day to go toe-to-toe with the pros, and take theatre into unconventional venues. The Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Performance and Academic Scholarship is a talent- and performance- based scholarship for elite students majoring in theatre at Detroit Mercy with awards up to $13,000 a year.

What are your next steps?
Step One: Apply to the University of Detroit Mercy.  Free online application at

Step Two: Schedule a Detroit Mercy campus visit that will include an audition and interview with the Performing Arts Department faculty for acceptance into the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company (DMTC).  Students auditioning on campus can earn additional performance and academic scholarship funds totaling up to $13,000.  By visiting campus, students can earn a $1,000 visit scholarship.

Sign up for your campus visit and audition for the DMTC Performance and Academic Scholarship Auditions:

Note: Additional audition dates can be arranged through Andrew Papa, Assistant Professor of Theatre, at 313-993-3220

Detroit Mercy Theatre Company on-campus audition preparation:     
  • Perform two memorized contrasting monologues (comic/serious, contemporary/historical). Pieces must be from published plays or musicals. Film and television monologues will not be accepted.   Please contact the Performing Arts Department if you need assistance in finding monologues.
  • Email a copy of your resume and current headshot to by the RSVP deadline.  Scrapbooks and press clippings will not be accepted. 
  • Prepare to discuss your theatre passion with the DMTC faculty.  Why are you interested in majoring in theatre?  How could you change the world with a degree in theatre?   What are your dreams?

Note: Stage Managers and undecided theatre students do not have to perform monologues but need to provide a letter of recommendation from a theatre teacher or qualified professional that speaks about the student’s strengths, due by the RSVP date.

Need help finding a monologue?   Try these resources:

Suggested Plays:

Spike Heels by Theresa Rebeck, Savage in Limbo by John Patrick Shanley, The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein, Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan, Take Me Out by Richard Greenberg and Dinner With Friends by Donald Margulies

Suggested Collections:

Humana Play Festival (Any Year), Exceptional Monologues for Men and Women (Volume 1 or Volume  2) by Samuel French Publishing, The Best Men’s Stage Monologues (Any Year) by Smith and Kraus Publishing or The Best Women’s Stage Monologues (Any Year) by Smith and Kraus Publishing


Mission and Core Values

The mission of the Detroit Mercy Performing Arts Department  is to train students to develop the intellectual, ethical and practical skills for a creative future.

Discovery - we foster exploration of courage, compassion and connection in a safe atmosphere through relevant projects and productions.

Collaboration - we value integrative programming that promotes teamwork, problem solving, diverse perspectives and professionalism.

Skills - we teach students effective presence through verbal, physical and imaginative expression to convey ideas in  compelling performances and presentations.

Mentorship - students receive personal guidance provided by faculty, staff and artistic associates. An emphasis on small class size enhances students potential for rapid development.

Future Opportunities - from theory to practice, our network of professional associates and alumni help students enter the world through auditions and interviews for internships, apprenticeships, graduate studies and many other careers.

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