Department of Theatre and Dance Admissions

Application and Audition Process

Admission to the BFA in theatre at the University of Memphis is a two step process. Students should apply first to the University of Memphis and then separately to the Department of Theatre & Dance. Current Memphis students wishing to transfer into, or add the BFA program need only complete the departmental application. Current BFA students wishing to change their program/concentration need only complete the departmental application. Acceptance to any of our programs is contingent upon successful acceptance to the University of Memphis. When applying to the department students should choose between four areas of study:

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* Graduate admission information can be found Here

All programs require an entrance audition and/or interview. Students are automatically considered for all scholarship opportunities as part of their application and audition/interview provided they complete the in-person or recorded audition/interview by the last scholarship date (March 20, 2021 for students beginning Fall 2021).

For students wishing to gain admission to the 2021 Spring semester for performance and Design and Technical Production:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all auditions/interviews for students wishing to begin Spring 2021 will be recorded/virtual.  The Deadline for completion of the application is October 30th, 2020 and your recorded audition or virtual interview must be completed by November 6th, 2020.

The 2021 on-campus audition/interview dates for admission and full scholarship consideration for the 2021 Fall semester are:

Saturday, February 20, 2021*
Saturday, March 20, 2021*

The 2021 on-campus audition/interview date for entrance consideration ONLY for the 2021 Fall semester,
no scholarship consideration is:

Monday, April 19, 2021 – Not available for Musical Theatre applicants*

2020-2021 Regional auditions/interviews for the 2021 Fall semester are severely interrupted due to the global pandemic.  As festivals determine if they are planning to operate virtual auditions we will update this site.  At this time we anticipate participation (either in-person or virtually) in the following regional auditions:

North Texas Auditions - Greater Dallas Area
Booker T. Washington High School Showcase
Greater Houston Area Auditions
Greater San Antonio Area 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.

*Due to the global pandemic we are allowing recorded auditions and virtual interviews for any student who does not wish to travel to campus.  Please select the recorded audition/interview as part of the departmental application and we will send you instructions about how to complete your audition/interview approximately 24 hours after we received your application.  Auditions/Interviews must be receive/completed no later than March 20, 2021 for scholarship consideration.