Design and Technical Production BFA

1. 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 phone/video interview by the last scholarship date (March 16, 2024 for students beginning Fall 2024).

For students interested in admission to the 2024 Spring semester for Design and Technical :

Interviews will be held in person Friday, November 11, 2023. Please submit your online application no later than November 1, 2023.

The 2024 on-campus audition/interview dates for admission and full scholarship consideration for the 2024 Fall semester are:
Saturday, February 24, 2024
Saturday, March 16, 2024

The 2024 on-campus audition/interview date for entrance consideration ONLY for the 2024 Fall semester, no scholarship consideration is:
Monday, April 15, 2024

A Design and Technology interview portfolio can include show paperwork, prompt books, production photos, plots, drafting, sketches, renderings, research pages, and other samples of your work. The Design and Technology faculty are interested in learning more about your process, so please be prepared to discuss your role(s) on productions, how you collaborate, and what you're interested in exploring as part of your BFA experience.

For any further questions about the BFA interview be contact Anthony Pellecchia, Head of Design. 

In person auditions are required for all students who live within a 150 mile radius of Memphis. Students who are unable to travel to campus should apply online and will receive instructions about how to submit their electronic audition after they submit the departmental application. Interviews must be completed no later than March 16, 2024 for scholarship consideration.

At this time we anticipate participation (either in-person or virtually) in the following regional auditions:

South Eastern Theatre Conference (SETC)
Tennessee Thespian Festival

Students wishing to audition at one of these sites should complete the departmental application and indicate their audition preference on the form. They will then need to register separately for the event with the event's organization directly.

At an on-campus interview 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 16, 2024.