Design and Technical Production BFA1. All students should apply to the University of Memphis. Admission to the department of Theatre & Dance is contingent upon successful admission to the University and generally we do not make a final decision on a student's application until they have been accepted to the University. Therefore, we encourage students to apply as early as possible. The online application can be found HERE.
2. Apply to the Department of Theatre & Dance. As part of the application you will be asked to provide information about yourself and your history as a theatrical artist. In order to successfully complete the application you should be ready to:
Provide biographical information about yourself and your family
Provide information about your academic background include GPA and test scores
Provide contact information including email for at least one reference who will be willing to submit a recommendation on your behalf
Upload a resume including any past work in theatre
Upload a short essay on your general background, theatrical interests and hopes, and why you are interest in study within the Department of Theatre & Dance.
The application is due no later than one week before your chosen interview date.
3. As part of the department application, you will have to make an appointment for one of our on-campus interview dates.
Students are automatically considered for all scholarship opportunities as part of
their application and interview provided they complete the in-person or recorded interview
by the last scholarship date (March 17, 2018 for students beginning Fall 2018).
The 2017 on-campus audition/interview date for entrance consideration ONLY for the 2018 SPRING semester,
no scholarship consideration is:
Friday, November 10, 2017
The 2018 on-campus interview dates for admission and full scholarship consideration for the 2018 Fall semester are:
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Saturday, March 17, 2018
The 2018 on-campus interview date for entrance consideration ONLY for the 2018 Fall semester,
no scholarship consideration is:
Friday, April 20, 2018
On your interview day you will be interviewed by one of our faculty in the Design and Technical areas. Although not required, if you have a design portfolio you should bring it to your interview and expect to speak about any material that you bring. Students who are unable to travel to campus may upload any portfolio material as part of their application and may be asked to complete a phone interview. Alternatively you may choose to audition at a regional site. In 2017-2018 students may complete their interview regionally by participating in the Undergraduate College interviews at the following festivals:
North Texas Auditions - Greater Dallas Area – Thursday and Friday, November 16 and
Greater Houston Area Auditions - High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) – Sunday, November 19, 2017
Greater San Antonio Area Auditions - NEISD High School - Monday, November 20, 2017
South Eastern Theatre Conference (SETC) – March 7-11, 2018 - Mobile, AL
Tennessee Thespian Festival – MTSU - January 12-13, 2018
You will be prompted to select the site you wish to audition at as part of the application.
You will also be given a tour of our department's facilities (various theatre spaces, rehearsal halls, etc.) and will have an opportunity to take a campus tour. Additionally, you will meet with current students and professors, who will lead the tours and answer any questions about our program and the university.
4. Students can expect to hear about their application status approximately two weeks after their interview has been completed. Scholarship decisions are generally made during the first week of April. All students are automatically considered for scholarships provided they complete their in-person (or phone) interview by March 17, 2018.