Performance (Acting) 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 audition date.


3. Entrance to the performance program is by audition only. As part of the department application, you will have to make an appointment for one of our on-campus audition dates.

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 will be held on November 15. (no scholarship consideration)

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

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. You will be prompted to select the site you wish to audition at as part of the application.

On your audition day, you will participate in group improvisation exercises as well as present a monologue. 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. In 2019-2020 students may complete their audition regionally by participating in the Undergraduate College auditions 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

Those auditioning on campus need only present one monologue of at least 45 seconds in length. If you'd like, you can also present contrasting monologues of no longer than two minutes in total length between the two pieces. Generally students who are successful in receiving scholarships from Theatre & Dance present two contrasting pieces.

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 audition 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 online) audition by March 21, 2020.