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Apply to the School of Theatre Arts and Dance

Admission to all majors within the School of Theatre Arts and Dance requires additional steps beyond the UNC application

Application requirements may include an audition, interview, or essay. We conduct auditions on campus, at various thespian festivals and events around the country, at the Unified auditions, and through video submission. Learn more about our application process and 2017-2018 audition opportunities below.

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Melanie Poston
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Frequently Asked Questions

Application and Audition Requirements

All majors in the School of Theatre Arts and Dance require a separate application to be completed in addition to the general UNC application. You may apply to be considered for multiple majors by submitting an application for each major in which you are interested.

  • Acting
    Application Requirements
    • Resume
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Headshot
    • Audition
    Audition Requirements

    Live Auditions (On-Campus & Unifieds):
    Prepare three monologues: two contrasting monologues not to exceed two minutes, and an additional one-minute monologue. All applicants will be required to perform their two contrasting monologues and may be asked to perform the third.

    Video Auditions:
    Two contrasting monologues not to exceed two minutes total.

    Application Deadlines
    • On-campus Auditions: The final on-campus audition day for Fall 2018 admission is March 3rd. We recommend submitting your application at least one week before your desired audition date.
    • Unified Auditions: Applications will be accepted until the day before each unified audition date or until the audition day is full. Walk-ins will be accepted if space is available.
    • Video Auditions: Sunday, March 4th, 2018 at 11:59pm
  • Design and Technology
    Application Requirements
    • Resume
    • Two to Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Copy of Transcript
    • Portfolio (if available)
    • Interview
    Interview Requirements
    • 15 Minute Interview with Faculty
    • Design Portfolio Presentation (if available)
    Application Deadlines
    • On-campus Interviews: The final on-campus interview day for Fall 2018 admission is March 2nd. We recommend submitting your application at least one week before your desired interview date.
    • Phone/Skype Interviews: April 15th, 2018 (applications may be accepted past this date on a space-available basis)

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  • Musical Theatre
    Application Requirements
    • Resume
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Headshot
    • Audition
    Audition Requirements
    • 16-32 bars each from two songs of your choice (at least one piece must be musical theatre)
    • 30-second to one-minute monologue
    • Optional: If you are a dancer, you may include a short dance in your allotted audition time

    An accompanist will be provided for on-campus auditions.

    Application Deadlines
    • On-campus Auditions: The final on-campus audition day for Fall 2018 admission is March 3rd. We recommend submitting your application at least one week before your desired audition date.
    • Unified Auditions: Applications will be accepted until the day before each unified audition date or until the audition day is full. Walk-ins will be accepted if space is available.
    • Video Auditions: Sunday, March 4th, 2018 at 11:59pm
  • Theatre Education
    Application Requirements
    • Resume
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Copy of Transcript
    • Supplemental Questions
    • Interview
    Interview Requirements
    • 15 Minute Interview with Faculty
    • Review of Transcript
    Application Deadlines
    • On-campus Interviews: The final on-campus interview day for Fall 2018 admission is March 2nd. We recommend submitting your application at least one week before your desired interview date.
    • Phone/Skype Interviews: Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

    Applicants to the Theatre Education program must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  • Theatre Studies
    Application Requirements
    • Resume
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • 300-word essay describing your passion for the art of theatre and any future career goals
    Application Deadlines
    • Priority Deadline: March 15th
    • Final Deadline: May 15th

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Audition Locations and Options

On-Campus Auditions

2017-2018 Audition Dates

On-campus auditions/interviews for Fall 2018 admission will be held on the following days:

  • Friday, November 3rd, 2017
  • Saturday, February 3rd, 2018
  • Friday, March 2nd, 2018
  • Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 (Acting and Musical Theatre only)

Applicants will select their audition date through the UNC Theatre application.

Scholarship Auditions

Students who are admitted to the School of Theatre Arts and Dance may be considered for a talent scholarship award based on their admission audition.

Talent Scholarship information

Video Auditions

If you live in Colorado, we prefer that you complete your audition in person. However, if you are unable to audition in person at an on-campus audition day or off-campus festival, a video audition is acceptable.

Acting, Musical Theatre: You may upload a video audition through our Theatre application. 

Design and Technology, Theatre Education: You may request a phone or Skype interview through our Theatre application.


Unified Auditions

New York, Chicago, Los Angeles

The 2018 Unifieds have concluded. Check back in August for information about opportunities to audition for UNC at the 2019 Unified Auditions.


Off-Campus Auditions

Representatives from the School of Theatre Arts and Dance travel to festivals and events around the country for admission auditions. If you will be auditioning at a state thespian festival/audition event, you will not need to complete the UNC Theatre application - you will simply register through your state thespian organization.

For a list of off-campus college fairs and other opportunities to meet a UNC Arts representative outside of Colorado, please visit our Arts Admission Travel page.

Washington State Thespian Festival

October 14th, 2017

Seattle, WA

North Texas Drama Auditions

November 16th & 17th, 2017

Plano, TX

Arizona Thespian Festival

November 17th & 18th, 2017

Phoenix, AZ

Booker T. Washington High School Showcase

November 18th, 2017

Dallas, TX

Greater San Antonio Auditions

November 20th, 2017

San Antonio, TX

Colorado ThesCon

December 7th - 9th, 2017

Denver, CO

New York Unified Auditions

January 20th - 21st, 2018

New York, NY

Chicago Unified Auditions

February 5th, 2018

Chicago, IL

Los Angeles Unified Auditions

February 10th - 11th, 2018

Los Angeles, CA

 

APPLICATION QUESTIONS?

Contact Melanie Poston at 970-351-1921 or melanie.poston@unco.edu