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Our theater programs have varied requirements, from preparing monologues to submitting samples of your work. Find your program of interest to view specific details about your application process.

Scheduling Your Audition + Interview

Every student applying to the College of Performing Arts must pass an entrance audition or interview. This measures not only the student's creative and expressive facility, but also the level of skill acquired. Students are asked to select their preferred audition or interview date when completing the application.

You will receive an email confirming your requested audition date within 48 hours of submitting the application. Please do not make travel arrangements until your audition date is confirmed. An application for admission must be submitted to the Office of Admissions at least 2 weeks prior to the requested Audition/Interview day.

Audition & Interview Dates

Distance Auditions + Interviews

We prefer that all applicants audition or complete interviews in person, but if extenuating circumstances preclude traveling to our on-campus or off-campus dates, you may request an exception from the Office of Admissions. If your request is approved, please follow the specific distance audition and interview instructions for applying your program of interest.

Audition Information by Program

We're excited that you're applying for the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts. Follow the instructions for your program to be considered for admission. For all programs, please bring a headshot and resume listing your theater training and performance experience with you to the audition.

  • Acting
  • Musical Theater
  • Theater Design + Technology
  • Directing, Playwriting + Production

In-person Acting Auditions

Congratulations on your decision to apply to the Acting program at UArts! The audition process for on-campus in-person auditions is conducted in two rounds: first, applicants present their monologues to the faculty of the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts; second, selected applicants are asked to return for a callback audition. At off-campus auditions (Unifieds), there is no callback; all candidates will present both monologues in the time allocated. Your performance will be evaluated on the basis of honesty, clarity of thought, expressiveness, vocal strength and conviction, as well as the professionalism and preparation of your presentation.

Part One. Please prepare to present two monologues from published plays for your audition to the Brind School faculty, with the combined length of both monologues not to exceed three minutes. Choose monologues that inspire you, are contrasting and help us meet you as an artist. Be sure to memorize your monologues, and familiarize yourself with the plays they come from.

Part Two.  At on-campus auditions, after this initial presentation, selected applicants will be invited for a second “callback” audition. At the callback, you will present your pieces again, and you may be asked to make an adjustment in your presentation, undertake a brief improvisation, or discuss your interpretation of the pieces you’ve chosen. This callback will include a personal interview with a faculty member who will explore your training, your aspirations, and the suitability of the University of the Arts as a venue to pursue your studies. Applicants who receive a callback will also participate in an ensemble exercise.

Distance Acting Audition Guidelines

Your video audition for the Acting program should include two monologues, following the same creative guidelines as the in-person auditions. In lieu of an interview, speak directly into the camera following your monologues and share your background, including your past and current theater activities and training, and your aspirations for the future, including career goals in theater. Clearly state your name at both the beginning and end of your audition. Recorded auditions should be submitted via the GetAcceptd online submission platform.

In-person Musical Theater Auditions

Congratulations on your decision to apply to the Musical Theater program at UArts! The audition process for in-person auditions is conducted in two rounds. Your performance will be evaluated on the basis of honesty, clarity of thought, expressiveness, vocal strength and conviction, as well as the professionalism and preparation of your presentation. An accompanist will be provided for on-campus auditions. At off-campus auditions, there is no callback; all candidates must be prepared to present two songs and two monologues in the time allocated. No accompanist will be provided at off-campus auditions; you must bring your own accompaniment as well as a device to play it on. We strongly suggest choosing a device able to play back at a volume level comfortable to you and your auditors.

Part One. Please prepare to present one song and one monologue of your choice. Musical theater selections should be presented in 32-bar cuts (or excerpts of approximately one minute in length). You should prepare songs that inspire you and are contrasting in character, style or tone.

Part Two.

At on-campus auditions, after this initial presentation, selected applicants will be invited for a second “callback” audition. At the callback, please be prepared to present your initial selections along with an additional song and monologue that contrast in style and content. At this stage of the audition, you may be asked to sing the entire song rather than a cut. This callback will include a personal interview with a faculty member who will explore your training, your aspirations, and the suitability of the University of the Arts as a venue to pursue your studies. You should also be prepared to discuss your choice of material and your interpretation.

Applicants who receive a callback will also participate in an ensemble exercise. At the conclusion of the day, an optional dance class will be offered to all callback participants. The optional dance class will have no bearing on the admission decision. Appropriate attire (tights, sweats, gym shorts) and dance footwear is recommended.

Distance Musical Theater Audition Guidelines

Your video audition for the Musical Theater program should include include the same creative performances described for the in-person audition. In lieu of an interview, speak directly into the camera following your monologues and/or songs, telling us a little about yourself: your past and current theater activities and training, and your aspirations for the future, including career goals in theater. Clearly state your name at both the beginning and end of your audition. Recorded auditions should be submitted via the GetAcceptd online submission platform.

In-person Theater Design + Technology Interview

We ask all prospective students to schedule an interview to share a collection of work that demonstrates your experience, creativity and skills. During the interview, we ask that you present your portfolio and talk about your work - what each project involved, how you made design decisions, what you learned from the experience and what you think about the finished piece. It is not necessary for you to mount or mat your work as long as it is presented neatly, in an order that makes sense. It is not necessary to document every production in full detail, but it is useful to give concept-to-completion details on at least one realized project in your portfolio.

Your Portfolio May Include:

-Documentation of past theater work: photographs, reviews, news articles, etc. Photographs are the most important component. "Process" photos may be included as well as photographs that show the finished work.

-Examples of organizational and planning skills: lighting plots and paper work, prop lists, set design drafting, scene shift notes, costume plots, rental agreements, etc.

-Photographic or physical examples of craft work and technical work: sewing samples, scenic painting, prop construction, carpentry work, sculptural work, etc.

-Other examples of creative and artistic skill and experience: drawings, paintings, sketches, art photography, scale models, CAD work, and/or anything else that demonstrates your passions, skill and talents.

Distance Theater Design + Technology Interview Guidelines

Distance applicants should refer to the criteria for the in-person portfolio reviews to prepare their portfolio and resume materials.

  • Portfolio Submission: Portfolios may be submitted in the following formats, and will not be returned: photographs, photo copies, URLs, CD-ROM, DVD, or USB flash drive. (Digital images must be in JPG or GIF format.) Please do not mail original work. Each production project must be accompanied by a typewritten paragraph succinctly stating the design concept and its objective. Please send portfolios either via mail to the Office of Admissions, or digitally by sending the URL of your online portfolio to undergradcredentials@uarts.edu, or using the GetAcceptd online submission platform.
  • Interview: Applicants will be contacted to schedule a phone or skype interview.

In-person Directing, Playwriting + Production Interview

As an applicant to the Directing, Playwriting + Production program, you will be evaluated on your experience, leadership, creativity and potential for development. You may choose to demonstrate your aptitude in these areas through any one of the following options. During the interview you will be expected to discuss the options you have chosen to present in support of your application, your past involvement, and study in theater.

  • An original script (be prepared to leave a non-returnable copy)
  • A production book for directors or stage managers
  • Models and/or renderings of set, costume or lighting designs
  • Examples of publicity and program design (Any material for public presentation, such as plays, school functions, community events, etc. This may include programs, poster designs, and promotional copy.)     
  • Video of productions with which you have had significant involvement (be prepared to leave a non-returnable copy) and a typed, detailed, description of your role in the production.
  • Resume and examples of leadership and creativity inside and outside of theater, including clubs and extracurricular activities.

Distance Directing, Playwriting + Production Interview Guidelines

Distance applicants should refer to the criteria outlined for in-person portfolio reviews to prepare their portfolio and resume materials.

  • Portfolio Submission: Portfolios may be submitted in the following formats, and will not be returned: photographs, photo copies, URLs, CD-ROM, DVD, or USB flash drive. (Digital images must be in JPG or GIF format.) Please do not mail original work. Each production project must be accompanied by a typewritten paragraph succinctly stating the design concept and its objective. Please send portfolios either via mail to the Office of Admissions, or digitally by sending the URL of your online portfolio to undergradcredentials@uarts.edu, or using the GetAcceptd online submission platform.
  • Interview: Applicants will be contacted to schedule a phone or skype interview.