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 19, 2023 for students beginning Fall 2023).

The 2023 on-campus audition/interview dates for admission and full scholarship consideration for the 2023 Fall semester are:

Saturday, February 18, 2023
Saturday, March 25, 2023*

The 2023 on-campus audition/interview date for entrance consideration ONLY for the 2023 Fall semester,
no scholarship consideration is:

Monday, April 17, 2023 – Not available for Musical Theatre applicants*

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

South Eastern Theatre Conference (SETC)
Tennessee Thespian Festival/Tennessee All State Auditions

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 25, 2023 for scholarship consideration.