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Auditions & Admissions

Students are required to audition for admission to the School of Theatre & Dance. For information and Undergraduate Theatre Auditions, please contact Gary Cooper.

The first step in applying to the University of Houston is completing and submitting the online Apply Texas Application. Submit the $50 nonrefundable application fee. You have the option of paying by credit card when using the online services of the Apply Texas Application or using the Enrollment Services online. Otherwise, please send a check or money order made payable to the University of Houston, and include your UH student ID number. Cash is not accepted. For additional admissions requirements for freshmen, transfer, and international applicants, please visit the Office of Admissions website.

School of Theatre & Dance

In addition to University of Houston requirements, prospective students must undergo assessment by faculty members in their area. All students must audition for admittance into their chosen program.

Freshman and transfer initial audition/presentation dates for actors, designers, and technicians:

  • November 16 & 17 North Texas Drama Auditions - Plano
  • November 17 & 18 Texas Thespians - Grapevine
  • November 19 Greater Houston Area Auditions - Houston
  • November 20 Greater San Antonio Area Auditions - San Antonio
  • January 26 & 27 Texas Educational Theatre Association - Galveston
  • June 25-30 International Thespian Society - Lincoln, Nebraska (Juniors)

Required On-Campus Auditions/Portfolio Review

Prospective high school senior or transfer theatre students who meet requirements to enter the University are invited to visit our program, audition for a panel of faculty members, and tour the University. Parents/Guardians are welcome to attend. Lunch is provided. REGISTRATION is limited to 40 student participants per day based on advance reservation. This is a fun and exciting day to get acquainted with our faculty, our program and our University.

(Note for Friday Audition Dates: Letter will be provided to you for your school administration/ COUNSELOR stating that you were present on a College visit).

Audition Dates Times Registration Deadline
Friday, October 20, 2017 10am-4pm Friday, October 6, 2017
Friday, November 3, 2017 10am-4pm Friday, October 20, 2017
Friday, February 16, 2018 10am-4pm Friday, February 2, 2018
Friday, March 2, 2018 10am-4pm Friday, February 16, 2018

The link to the online registration application for each open house audition can be found in the Links section to the right of this page. Since space is limited to 40 students at each open house audition, the online application must be completed and submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.

Required submissions for students wanting to specialize in the following areas:

Playwriting/Dramaturgy - In addition to the forms, submit a sample of your writing. Be prepared to present an acting audition.
Theatre Education - In addition to the forms, submit a two page, double spaced essay explaining why you want to teach theatre. Be prepared to present an acting audition audition.  It is recommend that you also present a tech portfolio.
Technical Theatre - Please be prepared to present a process-based portfolio of your work.
Stage Management - Please be prepared to present a sample prompt script.

Acting audition info

The acting audition consists of two contrasting one minute contemporary monologues; the faculty will work with you in an effort to get to know you better. Dress comfortably to move (there is dressing room space where you can change for the audition if you choose). 

Here are some tips:

Don’t use audition pieces that require an accent.
Avoid monologues with telephone calls.
Choose contemporary pieces from plays published after 1910.
No movie monologues or original pieces please.
Pick audition pieces appropriate to your age and emotional range.
Choose two pieces that contrast.
Avoid overacting and/or overly dramatic material.
Remember that sexually explicit or socially offensive material usually works against an auditioner.
Avoid Shakespeare for initial auditions.
Keep your audition simple and honest.
Avoid elaborate staging; you can plan for one chair to be provided.
Know the titles, authors, and characters in your audition pieces and read the entire play so that you know the context of the piece.
No UIL/forensics introductions are necessary.
Be prepared to be flexible with your work and repeat your monologue after direction is given from our faculty.

For additional tips on auditioning, read these articles by Jackie deMontmollin about TETA auditions.

Freshman and transfer audition date for dancers:

Date and Time TBD
Location: Melcher Gym on Holman St. (between Scott & Cullen Blvd.), Room 230
The audition consists of ballet barre, modern dance center & across the floor, and improvisation.

General requirements

Automatic Admission

If you are a freshman who graduated in the top 15 percent of your high school class, you will be automatically admitted to the university. All applicants, regardless of class rank, must submit SAT I or ACT scores.

Regular Admission

You will be admitted if you rank in the top 50 percent of your high school class and have a minimum of 1100 SAT I** or ACT 24.

** The new SAT has three components (writing, critical reading, and mathematics). The minimum SAT I of 1000 will include only the scores from the critical reading and mathematics.

Individual Review

If you who do not meet the requirements for Automatic or Regular Admission, you will be reviewed individually by UH admissions officers. Additional information and factors available from a completed Apply Texas Application (Part2 I and II) will be considered.

Additional factors include, but are not limited to, the following: first-generation college attendance, socio-economic background, extent and rigor of your high school curriculum, special talents, abilities or awards earned, family responsibilities, leadership activities, public service, and extracurricular activities.

Applicants in the review category may submit additional material if such material would strengthen the student’s claim for admission, i.e. an especially strong letter of recommendation or a persuasive statement from the student explaining special circumstances. GED or home schooled applicants will be considered for admission by individual review.

High School Academic Core Requirements

Freshmen applicants (and transfer students who have earned fewer than 15 semester hours of college credit) must have completed each of the high school academic core courses listed below with an average of a 2.5 or a “C+” or higher for the group.
Required High School Courses:

English -- 4 credits
Mathematics (including at least Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry) -- 3 credits
Laboratory Science (including at least one unit/credit in biology, chemistry, or physics) -- 2 credits
Social Studies -- 3 credits

If you plan to seek a bachelor’s degree in the arts and sciences areas you are urged to earn at least two units/credits in one foreign language.

More information regarding freshman and transfer admission to the University can be found on the UH Admissions page.

Admission Deadlines

You must submit your application for admissions before the Application Deadline listed.

If you applied by the application deadline date, you must submit ALL OFFICIAL credential(s), such as transcript(s) and test scores, by the credential deadline date for admissions consideration.

Fall Term
April 1: Deadline to submit the application
July 1: Deadline for supporting materials such as transcripts
Spring Term
December 1: Deadline to submit the application and all supporting materials
Summer Term I
April 1: Deadline to submit the application
May 1: Deadline for supporting materials such as transcripts
Summer Term IV
April 1: Deadline to submit the application
May 1: Deadline for supporting materials such as transcripts

High School Transcripts

Have your Registrar send an official* high school transcript. The UH Office of Admissions may admit you using a seven-semester transcript showing grades for the 9th, 10th, 11th, and first semester of the 12th grade. Also, if your high school provides a class ranking, your high school transcripts must reflect your class rank.

Mail application, fee and documents/scores to:

Office of Admissions
University of Houston
122 E Cullen Building
Houston, Texas 77204-2023

*Transcripts are considered OFFICIAL only when they are sent to the University of Houston Office of Admissions directly from the institution. If the transferring institution's policy permits, you may bring in a copy of the transcript in an UNOPENED envelope issued by the institution. Transcripts issued to students in unopened envelopes will be considered official if the issuing date is no more than two years.