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B.A. in Theatre and Dance— Apply & Submit Portfolio
All applicants to the B.A. in Theatre and Dance must complete an audition or submit a portfolio for admissions consideration.
Who should audition?
Applicants who consider themselves primarily actors or dancers must audition.
Who should submit a portfolio?
Applicants who consider themselves primarily playwrights, directors, designers, technicians or dramaturgs.
Upcoming Audition Dates for Fall 2017 Admission
On-Campus: November 5, December 10
Regional Conferences/Festivals (Please note that all regional auditions require registration and approval to audition through the host organization):
November 17-18: North Texas Drama Auditions (Plano, Texas)
November 19: Booker T. Washington Showcase (Dallas, Texas)
November 20: Greater Houston Area Auditions (Houston, Texas)
November 21: Greater San Antonio Area Auditions (San Antonio, Texas)
December 1-3: Texas Thespians Conference (Grapevine, Texas)
*Please note that all applications to The University of Texas at Austin are due by December 1, regardless of the audition date you plan to attend.
How do I schedule my audition?
Submit the Department of Theatre and Dance application to select your audition date.
Online auditions are also available through Acceptd.
Online audition deadlines: Freshmen (December 1), Transfer (March 1)
What should I prepare for an audition?
Two contemporary, contrasting monologues totaling two minutes in length from published play scripts. Audition requirements for regional conferences/festivals vary.
Nervous? It's ok. View tips on audition preparation from our faculty.
What's a portfolio?
A portfolio is a collection of samples of the work you've done that's related to theatre and dance. We want to see what you've been up to! Here is a long list of acceptable materials. Have an idea that's not on the list? Contact our undergraduate admissions coordinator. Please do NOT submit any recordings of full-length performances.
• Directing: notes, blocking sketches, scene breakdowns
• Stage Management: notes, blocking notations, call-sheets, script with cues, cue list, rehearsal notes
• Theatrical Design: research, sketches, mood boards, renderings, models, light plots, draftings, production photos
• Examples of skills related to theatrical design: sewing, tailoring, woodworking, drawing, painting
• Dramaturgy: research, actor packets, program notes, timelines, cultural or historical context analysis
• Theatre Publicity and Administration: playbills/posters you've designed, marketing materials, fundraising plans, budgets
How do I submit my portfolio?
Choose one of the following methods:
- Present in-person at a regional theatre conference/festival. (Dates are listed above). Contact our admissions coordinator to schedule a meeting if you are not participating in the conference's technical theatre competition).
- Schedule an in-person meeting at The University of Texas at Austin to discuss your portfolio with our faculty.
- Upload your portfolio to Acceptd.
May I audition and submit a portfolio?
Sure! If you are an actor who has a portfolio of work in theatrical design, stage management, playwriting, directing, dramaturgy or other areas of the arts, you are welcome to share a portfolio of examples of this work at your audition. Please note that any materials left with us at an on-campus audition will not be returned. Our online audition process allows you to upload additional digital files that you should label as your portfolio.
Apply to the Department
All applicants must submit ApplyTexas by December 1. The Department will only consider applicants who list our majors as a "first choice." Applicants may check the status of their application and update their major-choices through their MyStatus page.
Fall 2017 application will be available
August 1, 2016
External Transfer Applicants
All applicants must submit ApplyTexas by March 1. The Department will only consider applicants who list our majors as a "first choice." Applicants may check the status of their application and update their major-choices through their MyStatus page. Please note that candidates who plan to audition must attend one of the audition dates listed above. There are no separate audition dates for transfer applicants. Online auditions will be received through Acceptd until March 1.
External Transfer Application
Available August 1, 2016
Change of Major Applicants (Internal Transfer)
All applicants must submit a change of major application by March 1. Please note that candidates who plan to audition must attend one of the audition dates listed above. There are no separate audition dates for transfer applicants. Online auditions will be received through Acceptd until March 1.
Change of Major Application
Available August 1, 2016
For more information, please contact:
Lily Wolff, Undergraduate Admissions Coordinator