Theater & Dance B.F.A Audition Information
Students must audition to be accepted into the Theater, BFA, Dance, BA and Dance, BFA programs. Auditions are not required for the Theater, BA program. One Theater and Dance audition is scheduled for each academic year; several audition dates are available.
Theater, BFA auditions are scheduled in May and September.
Prospective and incoming freshman are not eligible to audition for the Theater, BFA program. All non-transfer Theater majors will participate in the Theater, BA program for the first year. Non-transfer students can audition for the Theater, BFA program at the end of freshman year. Non-transfer students begin the Theater, BFA program sophomore year and study for 3 years. For example, a freshman that starts in Fall 2016, will audition in Spring 2017 and begin the program Fall 2017.
Prospective and incoming transfer students are eligible to audition for the Theater, BFA program prior to the first year of study. Transfer students can attend the May or September audition preceding their expected start quarter. For example, a transfer student expecting to start Fall 2016 would attend the May or September 2016 audition. The Theater, BFA program requires 3 years of study; transfer students should plan accordingly. The September audition is scheduled a few days before classes begin. Students who audition in September, should be prepared to adjust their Fall schedule.
Dance, BA auditions are held in January, February and September. Non-transfer students can audition for acceptance to the Dance, BFA program in the sophomore year. Transfer students can audition for acceptance to the Dance, BFA program in the first year.
Prospective and continuing students interested in the Dance program must audition the January, February or September prior to their expected first year in the program. For example, a student that plans to attend in Fall 2017, would audition January, February or September 2017.
Students are strongly advised to attend the January or February audition to determine qualification for the major and reserve a place in the program - only a limited number of students can be accommodated each year. The September audition is held for students unable to attend earlier auditions; September auditions are only open to continuing students or students that have been accepted to the University. The September audition is scheduled a few days before classes begin. Students who audition in September should be prepared to adjust their Fall schedule.
The audition is similar to that of a technique class in modern and ballet.
These programs are highly structured and have been carefully organized to offer the serious acting and dance student the opportunity to receive quality training. Delays in audition can affect graduation plans.
Dance Audition Dates for the 2017-2018 Academic Year:
September 26th, 2017
January 28th, February 4th, 2018 (Registration for these audition dates will be available starting September 28th, 2017)
Students must pre-register to guarantee an audition slot. Students must be available for the full audition day (9am-2pm). Registration for the audition serves as the Dance Supplement part of the UCSB Admissions application.
Candidates must pre-register for the audition.
You may also submit a video audition instead. Detailed information for submitting a video audition can be found here. A video audition does not harm your chances for consideration. We invite several candidates each year in response to video auditions.
Theater, BFA Audition Dates for the 2017-2018 Academic Year:
September 26th, 2017
Students must pre-register to guarantee an audition slot. Students must be available for the full audition day.
Auditions will be held September 26th, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Candidates should be prepared to stay for the full day of auditions.
Please see specific instructions under Audition Information for what to prepare.
The Theater Audition
Auditions for acceptance into B.F.A. Theater Program for Fall Quarter will take place during late Spring Quarter and again just before the beginning of classes in Fall Quarter.
For students already enrolled at UCSB, the audition will consist of the presentation of a prepared monologue chosen from a contemporary play within the actor's own age range. The time limit on this monologue is one and a half to two minutes. Please bring a resume of past theatrical experience including acting, voice, movement classes, and performance experience (indicate when and where).
For transfer students, please prepare two contrasting contemporary monologues totaling no more than three minutes. Please bring a resume of past theatrical experience including acting, voice, and movement classes, and performance experience (indicate where and when), plus two letters of recommendation.
All students must register for the audition and review the Theater, BFA Handbook. The program is highly structured and has been carefully organized to offer the serious acting student the opportunity to recieve quality training.
Transfer students should be aware that auditions for the Theater program and applying to the University are seperate processes. Students should contact the Office of Admissions for more information about University application materials and deadlines. Acceptance by audition to the Theater program does not guarentee acceptance to the University. Students must meet the Office of Admissions requirements for University acceptance consideration.
The Dance Audition
Audition registration will begin at 9:00 am in the lobby of the Performing Arts wing of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building (HSSB). The audition will begin promptly at 10:00 am. Students attending the audition will have the opportunity to meet faculty, students and advisors.
The audition should be viewed as a challenging but positive experience, and students should regard it as a learning experience. The format of the audition is similar to that of a class, and will accommodate:
- Technique class in modern dance;
- Technique class in ballet;
- (ONLY FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS OR UCSB STUDENTS DESIRING TO ENTER THE PROGRAM AT THE ADVANCED LEVEL): a choreographic study of approximately one-minute. This work must be choreographed by the candidate. The purpose is to demonstrate performance potential and ability in the candidate's own style of movement.
Please wear appropriate dance clothing. No loose clothing; leotards, tights (without feet) and ballet slippers.
In person audition highly recommended. Prospective students that live outside a 150 mile radius of Santa Barbara can submit a Video Audition.
Auditions for the Dance program and applying to the University are separate processes. Students should contact the Office of Admissions for more information about University application materials and deadlines. Acceptance by audition to the Dance program does not guarentee acceptance to the University. Students must meet the Office of Admissions requirements for University acceptance consideration.