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Ok, it never really went away–but spring is right around the corner, and it’s the Calendar’s time to shine again. URTA’s National Showcase Calendar is a one-stop shop where you’ll find showcase listings from dozens of training programs all in … Continue reading →
We continue our profiles of Guest Participants attending the Satellite Auditions with Stony Brook University – Southampton. Stony Brook is located in the beautiful seaside town of Southampton on the East End of Long Island, a bus or train ride … Continue reading →
Today we’re following up on our recent post about the URTA Auditions in San Francisco by taking a closer look at the MFA Acting program at UCLA. An URTA Member School, UCLA will be recruiting design candidates at the NUAIs … Continue reading →
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The University/Resident Theatre Association (URTA) advances theatre by connecting theatre training programs with the professional performing arts industry, promoting professional practices and artistic excellence in higher education, and assisting students with their transition into the profession.
Established in 1969, URTA is the nation's oldest and largest consortium of professional, graduate (MFA) theatre training programs and partnered professional theatre companies.
The Latest News
The University/Resident Theatre Association (URTA) announced the result of the elections recently conducted for the association's Board of Directors, the governing body of URTA. Brant Pope, accomplished director and Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas, Austin was elected as President of URTA. Holly Poe Durbin, an award winning entertainment costume designer and Head of the Costume Design program at the University of California, Irvine, won election as Vice President. Both officers will serve two-year terms starting in July 2014. In addition, Michael Fry, director, artistic director, and Deputy Director of the East 15 Acting School, London, UK, and Claudia Stephens, busy costume designer in theatre, opera and dance, and Associate Professor at the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, were each elected to a three-year term on URTA's board.
The URTA Board of Directors consists of six directors and four officers elected from member schools. The Board of Directors have responsibility for the governance of the association, and as a collection of experts in the areas of theatre and theatre training, are involved in guiding URTA's ongoing services and new programs. At the same time, the board regularly seeks input from member schools' executives and faculty at two annual membership meetings and through other correspondence throughout the year.
Scott Steele, URTA's Executive Director, reported that the vote was unanimous for the nominated slate. "This unanimity really indicates the depth of support for Greg, Robert and Alex. URTA members expect, and appreciate, the considerable investment of time, effort and care made by colleagues serving on the board," said Mr. Steele. He also noted the association's special appreciation of the schools that enabled service on the board by providing directors and officers the time and funds necessary to attend meetings and conduct the business of URTA. "These schools are very generous, and the board really could not function without their help," Mr. Steele said. Thanks are due Florida State University, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Northern Illinois University.
Carole Brandt (photo: Jim Olvera)
URTA notes with sorrow the death of Professor Carole Brandt on Tuesday, March 4th, in Dallas, Texas. Carole was the former Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, which includes the URTA member Division of Theatre. Carole served as Chair of programs at Illinois Wesleyan, the University of Florida, and Pennsylvania State University. She was an active participant in NAST, of which she was President, and ACTF.
She was an accomplished costume designer, a brilliant school executive, a vigorous advocate of professional training, and an extraordinary individual. As one colleague said, "She was as a game-changer."
She will be missed very much.
It's showcase season once again, and URTA's National Showcase Calendar is the best tool for training programs to list and promote their presentations, as well as for agents and casting directors who want to keep their schedules straight.
Check out the Calendar here. To get YOUR showcase listed, contact the URTA offices at
Break legs, everyone!