• 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"

DISCOVER...the 2014 NUAIs!

URTA officially announces our National Unified Auditions and Interviews, with some exciting changes for this year!  We invite you to DISCOVER:

  • No more Screening Auditions
  • NEW – Satellite Auditions
  • Nomination no longer required
  • Design/Tech Portfolio Review in Chicago only
  • Expanded Continuing Education Program offering seminars and hands on workshops for all candidates.

Read on for all the details or click the image above to go straight to the application page!

URTA is a consortium of 39 university, graduate training programs in theatre from across the nation and in the U.K.  Each year, the National Unified Auditions and Interviews (NUAIs) are conducted in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, allowing candidates in acting, design, directing, stage management, and theatre management the chance to audition and interview for all of its members programs, as well as invited guest recruiters, all in one place. This year URTA is implementing several changes to make it an even greater experience for all involved.



Starting this year, we're doing away with the Screening Audition that acting candidates were formerly required to attend before being passed on to the Final Auditions. This means that every acting candidate is guaranteed to be seen by ALL the recruiters attending the NUAIs.


The Satellite Auditions are a second, optional audition available to all acting candidates, and are attended by Guest Recruiters from non-URTA member institutions. The Satellite Audition will take place the day after the candidate’s URTA audition. To sign up for the Satellite Auditions, just check the box on the application ($15 fee applies).


Candidates no longer need to be “nominated” for the NUAIs by a professor, director, or other theatre professional, as had been the case in the past. Candidates are still required to have completed an undergraduate degree by the fall of 2014, but no other recommendation is necessary. Acting candidates are still strongly encouraged to work with a coach or advisor in preparing their auditions.


URTA has centralized all design, technology, and theatre management recruiting in Chicago. This will enable us to enrich the experience there by adding an extra day and offering new seminars. Our faculty recruiters in all the various design disciplines will be able to take advantage of the depth of candidates to be seen in a single location.


Finally, URTA is expanding our Seminar program with more hands-on, workshop and instructional-focused offerings. Our member faculty and distinguished guests have much to offer our candidates in all areas, and we are working to make this already great added value even better.


As always, we provide special consideration to members of Actors Equity Association and National Finalists (and their scene partners) of the KC-ACTF Irene Ryan Acting competition. This year, qualified applicants in those groups will receive $25 off the NUAI registration fee.

TO REGISTER FOR URTA’S 2014 NUAIs, click over to our Candidate Information page where you can access the online application—but please be sure to read through the instructions, first!  For a quick overview about how our auditions and interviews work, check out our videos HERE.

URTA’s National Unified Auditions and Interviews have been putting together the brightest graduate candidates with the top theatre training programs in the country since 1970. Here’s what some of our student candidates have to say:

“Two short years ago I interviewed in Chicago for this program. It turned out to be the best decision of my life. Thanks for all you do, URTA!”  - David V., Theatre Management MFA

“I loved experiencing URTA. It was such an educational experience and I found a wonderful school that I had no idea about…they reached out to me and it turned out to be the dream program I never knew existed! Thanks!” – Actor, CHI

“It was a great way to be seen by many schools, in one, professional atmosphere. I will definitely recommend this process to others in the future.”  – Gerilyn B., Acting, NYC ‘13

“Going to URTAs was one of the best decisions I ever made. Overall this was a wonderful experience and a great opportunity for students to get a start on their professional career and education. Thank you!” – Tiffany A., Design/Tech, NYC ‘13

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.