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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 or interview. 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 audition opportunities below.

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Application and Audition Requirements

2018-2019 auditions

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.

Please be sure to thoroughly read the application requirements before starting your application.

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

    Live Auditions (On-Campus & Unifieds):
    Prepare three monologues: two contrasting monologues not to exceed two minutes combined, 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 2019 admission is March 2nd. We recommend submitting your application at least two weeks 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 3rd, 2019 at 11:59pm
  • Design and Technology
    Application Requirements
    • Resume
    • Two to Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Copy of Current Transcript
    • Portfolio of theatre production work (show paperwork, images, sketches, etc.)
    Interview Requirements
    • 15 Minute Interview with Faculty
    • Presentation of Design Portfolio
    Application Deadlines
    • On-campus Interviews: The final on-campus interview day for Fall 2019 admission is March 1st. We recommend submitting your application at least one week before your desired interview date.
    • Phone/Video Interviews: April 15th, 2019 (applications may be accepted past this date on a space-available basis)

    Please note: applicants with a GPA of 2.7 or below are welcome to submit an application, but may be ineligible to interview pending a transcript review. If your GPA is 2.7 or below, we will contact you after reviewing your transcript to let you know whether or not you may proceed to the interview step.

  • Musical Theatre
    Application Requirements
    • Resume
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Headshot
    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 2019 admission is March 2nd. We recommend submitting your application at least two weeks 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 3rd, 2019 at 11:59pm
  • Theatre Education
    Application Requirements
    Interview Requirements
    • 15 Minute Interview with Faculty
    • Review of Transcript
    Application Deadlines
    • On-campus Interviews: The final on-campus interview day for Fall 2019 admission is March 1st. We recommend submitting your application at least one week before your desired interview date.
    • Phone/Video Interviews: Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

    Please note: A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to apply for admission to the Theatre Education program.
     

  • Theatre Studies
    Application Requirements
    • Resume
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Copy of Unofficial Transcripts
    • 300-500 Word Essay briefly describing:
      • Why is theatre important to you?
      • Why is theatre important to the world?
      • What aspects of theatre do you plan to pursue professionally?
    Interview Requirements
    • 15-minute interview with faculty
    Application Deadlines
    • On-campus Interviews: The final on-campus interview day for Fall 2019 admission is March 1st. We recommend submitting your application at least one week before your desired interview date.
    • Phone/Video Interviews: May 15th, 2019

    Please note: A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required to apply for admission to the Theatre Studies program.

Audition Locations and Options

On-Campus Auditions

2018-2019 Audition Dates

On-campus auditions/interviews for Fall 2019 admission will be held on the following days:

  • Friday, November 2nd, 2018
  • Saturday, February 2nd, 2019
  • Friday, March 1st, 2019
  • Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 (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 video chat interview through our Theatre application.


Unified Auditions

You may choose to complete your Acting and/or Musical Theatre audition with UNC at the Unified Auditions in New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles. To reserve an audition time, please complete the UNC Theatre Application. Walk-ins are also accepted.


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 Thespians College Auditions

Seattle, WA

October 13th, 2018

Las Vegas National Performing Arts Auditions

Las Vegas, NV

October 19th-20th, 2018

North Texas Drama Auditions

Plano, TX

November 14th-16th, 2018

Texas Thespian Festival

Dallas, TX

November 16th, 2018

Arizona Thespian Festival

Phoenix, AZ

November 16th-17th, 2018

Booker T. Washington HSPVA Showcase (BTWHSPVA Students Only)

Dallas, TX

November 16th-17th, 2018

Greater San Antonio Area Auditions

San Antonio, TX

November 19th, 2018

Peachtree, GA

December 1st-2nd, 2018

Colorado ThesCon

Denver, CO

December 7th-8th, 2018

Wyoming Thespian Festival

Casper, WY

 TBA

New York Unified Auditions

New York, NY

January 19th-20th, 2019

Chicago Unified Auditions

Chicago, IL

February 4th-6th, 2019

Los Angeles Unified Auditions

Los Angeles, CA

February 9th-10th, 2018

 

APPLICATION QUESTIONS?

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