We're excited to announce the dates for URTA's 2016 National Unified Auditions & Interviews! Look for the online application to be available around Labor Day.
Crowne Plaza Times Square
Fri Jan 29- Mon Feb 1: URTA Auditions and Interviews
Sat Jan 30: Directing and Stage Management Interviews
Sat Jan 30 - Tue Feb 2: Satellite Auditions and Interviews
Westin Michigan Avenue, 909 N. Michigan Avenue
Thu Feb 4 - Sun Feb 7: Design/Tech Candidates
Sat Feb 6: Directing/Stage Mgmt/Theatre Mgmt Interviews
Mon Feb 8 - Thu Feb 11: URTA and Satellite Auditions and Interviews
Le Meridien San Francisco
Sat Feb 13 - Sun Feb 14: URTA Auditions and Interviews
Announcing: URTA Auditions now have a "Sneak Peek" program!
For 46 years, the URTA auditions have helped to match the best MFA candidates to the best training programs across the country and internationally. We've seen some big stars come through our process, from Ty Burrell, Kate Burton, Frances McDormand, Norbert Leo Butz, Keegan-Michael Key, Lauren Graham, Joel McHale, Kunal Nayyar, and thousands of other professionals that have built solid careers working in the arts—from acting to design to directing to theatre management. We're so proud of all the candidates that trust us with this important step in elevating their craft to the next level.
URTA is always looking for ways to nurture the next wave of theatre artists. With that in mind, we believe undergraduate acting students would really benefit from viewing the URTA process; seeing first-hand the work and preparation that goes into the MFA candidates' auditions. What better way to study audition technique than to watch a diverse selection of artists make their choices, right there in the room?
For the first time ever, URTA is opening her doors at all 3 audition sites to help you get a head start and put some of your classroom training to the test. Welcome to the Sneak Peek!
A trial run last year, with an acting class attending the URTA Auditions in San Francisco, was met with a great response.
"Again, thank you so much for the amazing opportunity to sit in on auditions this weekend. Not only did it help to clarify and prepare those students for next year, but it honed their sense of judgement. They spent hours afterwards critiquing the good and bad points of the material presented, the attitude and energy of the students."
— Dr. Caroline Mercier, Cal State, Stanislaus
We will continue to offer the best service to our applicants and recruiters while developing this vital outreach to younger artists hungry for industry know-how.
[left: Jacob Pinholster, Arizona State; right: Steve Broadnax, Penn State]
URTA is proud to announce the election of two new members to the URTA Board of Directors, the governing body of URTA. Accomplished actor and director Steve Broadnax, Head of the MFA Acting program at Pennsylvania State University and Jacob Pinholster, Director of the School of Film, Dance, Theatre at Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts were both elected to 3-year terms on the board. Alexander Gellman, Director of the School of Theatre and Dance at Northern Illinois University, and the Producing Artistic Director of the Organic Theatre Company, was re-elected as URTA's Treasurer, for another 2-year term.
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