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San Francisco, that magical city by the bay. And maybe the place where your graduate theatre training begins. The URTA Auditions once again come to San Francisco on February 8th and 9th in 2014. We are still accepting applications, but … Continue reading →
Our new Satellite Auditions are proving to be quite popular with both schools and students. With already more than a dozen guest recruiters registered to attend, it’s easy to see why so many candidates have decided to add this second … Continue reading →
PCPA will continue its history of participation in URTA’s National Unified Auditions and Interviews by attending Portfolio Review of MFA Design candidates in Chicago, and the MFA Acting auditions in San Francisco. Located in Santa Maria, on the Central Coast … 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.
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San Francisco, that magical city by the bay. And maybe the place where your graduate theatre training begins.
The URTA Auditions once again come to San Francisco on February 8th and 9th in 2014. We are still accepting applications, but because we are in San Francisco only two days there are limited number of audition times available. We highly recommend you get your application in as soon as possible.
The number of registered candidates attending the auditions in San Francisco this year has already surpassed that of last year. And last year's attendance was higher than the year before that, and...well, you get the idea. The San Francisco audition site becomes more popular every year. That could be why, as of this writing, we have over a dozen URTA Member programs registered to attend the auditions there, as well as more than half a dozen Guest Participants–Some of whom will only be attending the San Francisco auditions (for example, PCPA and UCLA).
Another great reason to consider the San Francisco auditions: The Satellite Audition is essentially included at no extra cost and with no second audition required. You see, in San Francisco, the Guest Participants are in attendance at the URTA Auditions. You'll be seen by all of the participating institutions–URTA Members and Guests–without having to register for the separate Satellite Audition.
Oh, and of course, as in Chicago and New York, members of Actors' Equity receive a $25 discount on registration. Be sure to use the dedicated AEA application, and the discount will be applied at checkout.
URTA has also arranged a fantastic group rate at the hotel where the auditions will take place. For more information, email our Membership Director at
Most everyone knows about the URTA Auditions; they're the auditions for URTA MFA programs that happen as part of our National Unified Auditions and Interviews. But what are the Satellite Auditions?
The Satellite Auditions are a new addition to URTA's NUAIs for 2014. They're a second, optional audition available to all registered acting candidates, and are attended by Guest Recruiters from non-URTA member institutions. You can sign up for the Satellite Auditions right on your NUAI Application--just check the appropriate box under "Optional Items" and you'll be assigned a time slot for the Satellites as well as your URTA Audition (a $15 fee applies for adding the Satellites). Your Satellite Audition will take place the day after your URTA Audition, so there is no possibility of a time conflict with any follow up interviews you may have from your URTA Audition.
Have you already registered for the URTA Auditions but you'd like to go back and add the Satellite Auditions? You can do that by clicking here, once you have received the scheduled date/time of your URTA Audition.
So, who are the recruiters attending the Satellite Auditions? Degree-granting training programs that are not URTA members (and are not pursuing URTA membership). As of this writing, there are about a dozen great Guests already registered to take part. You can learn more about them here.
The Satellite Auditions are a great added value for acting candidates that want to be seen by as many programs as possible during the NUAIs. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the Guest Participants and take advantage of a second great audition for a very little added cost.
The Satellite Auditions are only available to registered NUAI acting candidates.
If you have questions about the Satellite Auditions, please feel free to email our NUAI Director at
As of 11/22/13, the New York candidate hotel is almost sold out. Due to the Super Bowl, which follows our event, the hotel is not able to add more rooms to our block at the negotiated rate. However, they are adding some additional rooms at the rate of $199. We will also have an Overflow block set up at another hotel by early next week. We also have a "room share" bulletin board set up on our blog HERE.
We recommend checking reputable online outlets, like expedia.com and hotels.com, as there are still some great deals there. Try to get something in the Times Square area if you want to be close to the Audition site. Clean, decent, close options include the Milford Plaza and the Edison. There are also Holiday Inns, Best Westerns and other similar chains in the area.
If you are flying, be sure to check on your airfares, as that also is getting costly. If possible, try Amtrak, MegaBus and Greyhound. Please avoid DRIVING and parking in New York City. You MIGHT also consider going to Chicago or San Francisco as almost all the actor recruiters will be in all three sites, and rates at the hotel and air fare are much more reasonable.