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 21, 2020 for students beginning Fall 2020).

The 2019 on-campus audition/interview dates for admission to the 2020 Spring semester for performance and Design and Technical Production will be held on:

Friday, November 15, 2019 (no scholarship consideration)
Spring entrance is only available for performance/acting and Design and Technical Production

The 2020 on-campus audition/interview dates for admission and full scholarship consideration for the 2020 Fall semester are:

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Saturday, March 21, 2020

The 2020 on-campus audition/interview date for entrance consideration ONLY for the 2020 Fall semester,
no scholarship consideration is:

Monday, April 20, 2020 – Not available for Musical Theatre applicants

2019-2020 Regional auditions/interviews for the 2020 Fall semester may be completed at the following festivals:

North Texas Auditions - Greater Dallas Area – Thursday, November 21, 2019
Booker T. Washington High School Showcase - Saturday, November 23, 2019
Greater Houston Area Auditions - High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) – Sunday, November 24 2019
Greater San Antonio Area Auditions - NEISD High School - Monday, November 25, 2019
South Eastern Theatre Conference (SETC) – February 27 and February 28, 2020 - Louisville, KY
Tennessee Thespian Festival –  January 17 and 18, 2020 – MTSU

Online recorded auditions are accepted for students living more the 150 miles from Memphis. Recorded auditions must be received by March 21, 2020 to be considered for scholarships.