The Acting program at UNC is a rigorous, pre-professional training program designed to prepare talented young actors for careers in theatre, film, and television.

In addition to concentrated training in acting, voice, and movement, students are also presented with numerous performance opportunities including main-stage plays and musicals, one-acts, dance concerts, improv and sketch comedy troupes, and the Little Theatre of the Rockies professional summer stock theatre company.

In their senior year, Acting majors also have the opportunity to audition for New York and Los Angeles Showcases, which provide many of our graduates with invaluable networking opportunities with some of the industry’s leading agents and casting directors.

Admission and Auditions

Admission to the Acting program requires successful completion of an audition. The School of Theatre Arts and Dance offers a variety of audition opportunities, including on-campus audition days, auditions at various festivals and events around the United States, and the option to submit a video audition.

Audition Information

Performance Opportunities

The School of Theatre Arts and Dance offers a wealth of performance opportunities including mainstage plays and musicals, as well as a variety of student-led productions. UNC is also home to the Little Theatre of the Rockies, a summer stock company that attracts theatre professionals from across the country to work along side our students.

Students have the opportunity to audition for a variety of plays each year. Past productions include:

  • As You Like It
  • You Can't Take It With You
  • August: Osage County
  • The Piano Lesson

Pictured: The Importance of Being Earnest, Fall 2015

UNC's Little Theatre of the Rockies is the oldest professional theatre company in Colorado and includes performance opportunities for students, faculty, alumni, and theatre professionals.

Learn more on the Little Theatre of the Rockies website.

Pictured: A Raisin in the Sun, Summer 2015

Acting students are welcome to audition for UNC's musical productions during the academic year and the Little Theatre of the Rockies season.

Pictured: The Who's Tommy, Spring 2016

Film & Television Collaboration

The UNC School of Theatre Arts and Dance has an official articulation agreement with the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, linking our Acting concentration with the famed film and television school. This agreement makes it possible for UNC students to have special access to the film school’s award winning summer and graduate programs. In addition, film school graduates may come to UNC to complete their university degrees. This networking has already resulted in job placements of UNC graduates in the New York market.

Faculty & Staff

UNC Performing Arts faculty are talented practitioners with wide ranging educational and professional backgrounds and a high level of dedication to the development of their students. All have worked professionally on stage and are members of their respective unions, including Equity, AFTRA, AGVA and SAG. In addition, guest artists from on- and off-Broadway, National Tours, and regional theatre, film and television often appear with students in UNC productions.

Shelly Gaza

Voice & Speech, Acting

David Grapes

Directing, Playwriting

Tom McNally


Andrea Moon

Dramatic Literature, Movement

Mary Schuttler

Professor of Theatre Arts

Ken Womble

Head of Performance Studies