• TEMPEST UIUC Keys photo Darrell Hoemann
  • AZ State ESCHER
  • Nebraska lighting
  • THE GAMES AFOOT - Asolo Rep
  • AZ State ESCHER photo2
  • East 15 MFA Tempest
  • Henson Keys in University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's "The Tempest" (photo: Darrell Hoemann)
  • Arizona State University's "Fall of the House of Escher" (photo: Tim Trumble)
  • MFA students work on a light rig at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film (Univ. of Nebraska)
  • "The Game's Afoot" at Asolo Repertory
  • "Fall of the House of Escher" at Arizona State University (photo: Tim Trumble)
  • East 15 Acting School production of "The Tempest"

2015 Audition and Interview Dates

New York

Crowne Plaza Times Square

Sat Jan 24: Directing and Stage Management Interviews

Fri Jan 23 - Mon Jan 26: URTA Auditions and Interviews

Sat Jan 24 - Tue Jan 27: Satellite Auditions and Interviews


Westin, Michigan Avenue, 909 N. Michigan Avenue

Thu Jan 29 - Sun Feb 1: Design/Tech Candidates

Sat Jan 31: Directing/Stage Mgmt/Theatre Mgmt Interviews 

Mon Feb 2 - Thu Feb 5: URTA and Satellite Auditions and Interviews

San Francisco

Le Meridien San Francisco

Sat Feb 7 - Sun Feb 8: URTA Auditions and Interviews

The Latest News

  • End of the Sarah Era!

    Former URTA President and Executive Director of the University of Washington School of Drama, Sarah Nash Gates, will retire from a 35 year career in higher ed. "20 years of being Department Chair is enough," said Sarah. "It is time to be a Costume Designer again." She will be designing Carousel for the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle this winter.

    Reflecting on her life in theatre (so far—there is still lots more to come!) Sarah writes, "Theatre education has become more sophisticated in the past 30 years, both at the undergraduate and MFA levels. I believe there is a deeper understanding of what 'professional standards' truly are among the URTA membership." She adds, "Of course, communication has changed, making it easier to share ideas and best practices with people across the country. That said, there is still work to do to help aspiring young theatre artists understand what they should be doing to prepare themselves for professional training."

  • 2014 National Showcase Calendar

    URTA's National Showcase Calendar for 2013 is up and running! List your graduate showcase now!  For full information, head to our Showcase Calendar page.

    To request a calendar password, to add your shool's showcase dates, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    "URTA's Showcase calendar is such a blessing. It's an incredible resource for agents and casting directors. Congratulations on continuing this most valuable service."
    -Carol Nadell, Casting Director, Selective Casting


  • 2014 Sweepstakes Winners Announced!


    The 2014 National Unified Auditions and Interviews are complete. Even with all the changes to the process, and the sometimes uncooperative weather, It was a great year for the candidates and the recruiters from our Member Institutions, as well as our many Guest Participants.

    URTA again held a giftcard sweepstakes, sponsored by the Westin Chicago Michigan Avenue. Ten lucky NUAI candidates have been selected at random to receive $100 gift cards from Amazon!

    The winners have been contacted and their gift cards are on the way. A hearty 'thank you' to all who participated, and congratulations to our winners!

    For a list of the winning candidates, follow the link below.