Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre is a concentration in the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance degree that rigorously trains students in voice, music, dance, and acting. Up to six students are recruited each year, ensuring they receive critical one-on-one coaching, performance opportunities in main stage productions, and scholarship support.

The Department of Theatre and Dance enhances classroom and ensemble training with new musical theatre development and connections to industry professionals. Master classes in the last two years have featured performers currently working on Broadway or national touring productions of Wicked, Mary Poppins, South Pacific, Billy Elliott, The Lion King, Million Dollar Quartet, Shrek the Musical, A Chorus Line, 9 to 5, Urinetown, and The Phantom of the Opera.

UT Austin is also home to the Texas Musical Theatre Workshop, a three-week summer intensive with notable Broadway professionals.

Auditions for Musical Theatre

Applicants must audition to be considered for the Musical Theatre emphasis.
Please note that some auditions precede the application deadline.

How can I audition?

Complete one of the following options by December 1:

Faculty will review online auditions and regional auditions in order to identify candidates to attend an on-campus callback audition on either January 18, 2014. Receiving a callback and then attending an on-campus callback audition is required for applicants to be considered for admission to this program.

What should I submit in my online audition?

  • Two 32-bar cuts of contrasting songs with pre-recorded or piano accompaniment: One classical/traditional musical theatre selection, One pop/rock or contemporary musical theatre selection demonstrating male pop or female belt style.
  • Monologue from a play (one-minute in length)
  • Photo
  • Resume
  • Optional: Include a one-minute demonstration of abilities in jazz, ballet, and/or tap.

What will take place at the callback audition?

Callback auditions will take place on January 18, 2014 and will consist of an acting audition, dance call, and vocal audition with faculty from the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Upcoming Audition Dates for Fall 2014 Admission

Please note that some auditions precede the application deadline. 

Texas Area Auditions*

North Texas Drama Auditions (Collin College, Plano) November 21-22, 2013
Texas Thespians State Festival (Dallas) November 21-23, 2013
Booker T Washington Senior Showcase (Dallas) November 23, 2013
Greater Houston Area Auditions November 24, 2013
Greater San Antonio Auditions (Reagan High School, San Antonio) November 25, 2013

*Students wishing to participate in these events should contact their high school teachers for more information on how to register and attend these events.

On-Campus Callback Auditions (Applicants will select one of the following dates to attend. Appointments by callback only.)   

January 18, 2014  

Dates, times, and locations are tentative and subject to change.

Important Information and Deadlines

Freshmen Applicants

Online prescreenings include the Department Application in one step. Online submissions are due by December 1.

Candidates prescreening through a regional audition event must submit their Department Application by December 1.

Please submit your ApplyTexas application before submitting your online audition. It is critical that you complete your ApplyTexas Application, along with submitting all supporting documents and forms on time. The ApplyTexas application deadline is December 1. Applicants may check the status of their application materials through their MyStatus page after beginning their application.

Applicants who have applied to Musical Theatre may also be considered for other areas of study in the B.A. in Theatre and Dance only if they indicate this as a preference in the Department of Theatre and Dance Application. Applicants should NOT list the B.A. in Theatre and Dance as a second-choice major on ApplyTexas.

Transfer Applicants

Transfer applicants must submit an online prescreening and Department Application for faculty review before they may be invited to attend a January callback audition. Online submissions are due by December 1.

Keep in mind that our callback audition date is held in January, which precedes the March 1 Transfer application deadline.

Current Students at UT Austin

Current UT Austin students majoring in the Department of Theatre and Dance may audition for Musical Theatre. An online prescreening and Department Application are not required. Students should speak with Mark-Anthony Zuniga, Academic Advisor, before scheduling an audition.

Current UT Austin students who are not currently majoring in the Department of Theatre and Dance must submit an online prescreening and Department Application for faculty review before they may be invited to attend a January callback audition. Online submissions are due by December 1. Only students with fewer than 60 UT Austin credit hours who demonstrate a timely path to degree completion will be considered.

For more information, please contact:

Alyse DeSoto
Admissions Coordinator
tadadmissions@utexas.edu

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