• TEMPEST UIUC Keys photo Darrell Hoemann
  • AZ State ESCHER 700x150
  • Nebraska lightrig 700x150
  • THE GAMES AFOOT - Asolo Rep
  • AZ State ESCHER photo2 750x150
  • East 15 MFA Tempest 700x150
  • 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"

National Unified Auditions & Interviews

The National Unified Auditions and Interviews (NUAIs) are conducted each winter in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco, with hundreds of candidates participating from around the world. Students interested in acting, design, directing, theatre technology, stage management and theatre management are provided the opportunity to audition and interview for numerous positions with a variety of graduate training programs. Occasionally, there are also opportunities for seasonal employment with summer theatre companies, Shakespeare festivals and other professional producing organizations--though most recruiters are seeking students for their graduate programs.

Of the more than 1,100 candidates that are seen each year, many are students of prestigious undergraduate programs or conservatories, winners of various national competitions, including the KCACTF Irene Ryan Competition, as well as members of the Actors Equity Association.

The acting auditions, as well as the interviews for directors, designers, stage managers, technicians and administrators, are open to recruiters from URTA's member training programs, associated producing companies, and many guest organizations.  Shakespeare festivals and summer theater programs constitute a small portion of the attending organizations.

Non-member organizations may be eligible to attend if they meet certain URTA requirements.  More information is available by calling or emailing the URTA National Office.

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