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Auditions & Admissions

Theatre Admissions  
Gary Cooper 
Theatre Ambassador’s Coordinator/Head of Theatre Education 
Phone: 713-743-0470 
Email: cgcooper@central.uh.edu 

In addition to University of Houston Admissions requirements, prospective School of Theatre & Dance students must undergo assessment by faculty members in their area. All students must audition for admittance into their chosen program. To schedule an audition, all students must complete the School of Theatre & Dance online application in addition to the University of Houston’s general admission application, and must upload all required supplemental materials by the deadline listed for the audition date they are requesting, a minimum of two weeks before the audition date. 

 

Undergraduate Theatre Auditions 

Audition dates  (all auditions are approximately from 10am-3pm) 

Saturday, October 24, 2020 (Virtual Audition) 

Saturday, November 7, 2020  (Virtual Audition) 

Friday, February 5, 2021  (In-Person Audition) 

Friday, February 19, 2021  (In-Person Audition) 

 

Fall Virtual Auditions 

Prospective students should expect to spend the audition day virtually at the School of Theatre & Dance to meet UH School of Theatre & Dance faculty/students, attend theatre workshops, meet with a representative from Admissions and Financial Aid, tour the theatre facilities and the campus and auditioning for a panel of faculty members. 

On-Campus Auditions 

Prospective students should expect to spend the audition day at the School of Theatre & Dance to meet UH School of Theatre & Dance faculty/students, attend theatre workshops, meet with a representative from Admissions and Financial Aid, tour the theatre facilities and the campus and auditioning for a panel of faculty members. This is a fun and exciting day to get acquainted with the School of Theatre & Dance at the University of Houston. 

On-campus audition registration is limited to 40 student participants per each on-campus audition date. Advanced registration is required. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend, and lunch will be provided. 

For Friday audition dates, a letter will be provided to you for your school administration/counselor stating that you were present on a college visit. 

Virtual Auditions 

Virtual auditions will follow the same format as the on-campus auditions, but will be conducted through a virtual format like Zoom and will be on Saturday rather than Friday. 

For Prospective Acting, Theatre Education and Playwriting/Dramaturgy Students  

Be prepared to present an acting audition. The acting audition consists of two contrasting one-minute contemporary monologues. Dress comfortably to move (there is dressing room where you can change for the audition if you choose).  

Here are some  audition  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 Prospective Playwriting/Dramaturgy Students 

In addition to the completed online theatre application and acting audition, submit a sample of your writing (one play of any length, one research paper and/or other writing samples) in the upload section of the online theatre application. 

For Prospective Theatre Education Students 

In addition to the completed online theatre application and acting audition, submit a two-page, double spaced essay explaining why you want to teach theatre in the upload section of the online theatre application.  It is recommended that you also present a tech portfolio.  

For Prospective Production Students 

In addition to the completed online theatre application, please be prepared to present a process-based portfolio of your work.For virtual auditions, this should be uploaded in the upload section of the online theatre application. 

For Prospective Stage Management Students 

In addition to the completed online theatre application, please be prepared to present a sample prompt script.For virtual auditions, this should be uploaded in the upload section of the online theatre application. 

 

ONLINE REGISTRATION