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Auditions & Admissions

Students are required to audition for admission to the School of Theatre & Dance. For information and Undergraduate Theatre Auditions, please contact Gary Cooper.

The first step in applying to the University of Houston is completing and submitting the online Apply Texas Application. Submit the $50 nonrefundable application fee. You have the option of paying by credit card when using the online services of the Apply Texas Application or using the Enrollment Services online. Otherwise, please send a check or money order made payable to the University of Houston, and include your UH student ID number. Cash is not accepted. For additional admissions requirements for freshmen, transfer, and international applicants, please visit the Office of Admissions website.

School of Theatre & Dance

In addition to University of Houston requirements, prospective students must undergo assessment by faculty members in their area. All students must audition for admittance into their chosen program.

Freshman/Transfer initial audition/presentation dates:

  • September 26-29 | Texas Educational Theatre Association - Dallas
  • November 15 & 16 | North Texas Drama Auditions - Plano
  • November 15-17 | Texas Thespians - Grapevine
  • November 18 | Greater Houston Area Auditions - Houston
  • November 19 | Greater San Antonio Area Auditions - San Antonio
  • February 28 | SETC Auditions- Knoxville, Tennesee
  • June 24-29 | ITS National Fesitval- Lincoln, Nebraska (Juniors)

Required On-Campus Auditions/Portfolio Review

Prospective high school senior or transfer theatre students who meet requirements to enter the University (see Admissions page) are invited to visit our program, audition for a panel of faculty members, and tour the University. Parents/Guardians are welcome to attend. Lunch is provided. REGISTRATION is limited to 40 student participants per day based on advance reservation. This is a fun and exciting day to get acquainted with our faculty, our program and our University.

(Note: For Friday Audition Dates: Letter will be provided to you for your school administration/ COUNSELOR stating that you were present on a College visit).

Audition Dates Times Registration Deadline
Friday, October 19, 2018 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Friday, October 5, 2018
Friday, November 2, 2018 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Friday, October 19, 2018
Friday, February 8, 2019 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Friday, January 25, 2019
Friday, February 22, 2019 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Friday, February 8, 2019
Friday, March 1, 2019 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Friday, February 15, 2019

The link to the online registration application for each open house audition can be found here: ONLINE REGISTRATION

Since space is limited to 40 students at each open house audition, the online application must be completed and submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.

Required Student Submissions in the following areas:

Playwriting/Dramaturgy - In addition to the forms, submit a sample of your writing (one play of any length and one research paper). Be prepared to present an acting audition.

Theatre Education - In addition to the forms, submit a two page, double spaced essay explaining why you want to teach theatre. Be prepared to present an acting audition.  It is recommend that you also present a tech portfolio.

Technical Theatre - Please be prepared to present a process-based portfolio of your work.

Stage Management - Please be prepared to present a sample prompt script.

Acting audition info

The acting audition consists of two contrasting one minute contemporary monologues; the faculty will work with you in an effort to get to know you better. Dress comfortably to move (there is dressing room space where you can change for the audition if you choose). 

Here are some tips:

Don’t use audition pieces that require an accent.
Avoid monologues with telephone calls.
Choose contemporary pieces from plays published after 1910.
No movie monologues or original pieces please.
Pick audition pieces appropriate to your age and emotional range.
Choose two pieces that contrast.
Avoid overacting and/or overly dramatic material.
Remember that sexually explicit or socially offensive material usually works against an auditioner.
Avoid Shakespeare for initial auditions.
Keep your audition simple and honest.
Avoid elaborate staging; you can plan for one chair to be provided.
Know the titles, authors, and characters in your audition pieces and read the entire play so that you know the context of the piece.
No UIL/forensics introductions are necessary.
Be prepared to be flexible with your work and repeat your monologue after direction is given from our faculty.

For additional tips on auditioning, read these articles by Jackie deMontmollin about TETA auditions.

Freshman/Transfer Audition Date for Dancers:

Date and Time TBD
Location: Melcher Gym on Holman St. (between Scott & Cullen Blvd.), Room 230
The audition consists of ballet barre, modern dance center & across the floor, and improvisation.