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Welcome to the University of Houston's School of Theatre & Dance, proudly a part of one of the leading urban, state-supported universities in the nation. Whatever your focus, we are an exciting place to further your performing arts training in the nation's fourth-largest city.

The School of Theatre & Dance boasts an extraordinary faculty of internationally recognized artists, choreographers, and educators.  We offer a variety of strong undergraduate and graduate programs:


Bachelor of Arts

  • Dance

Bachelor of Fine Arts

  • Acting
  • Dance
  • Playwriting
  • Production
  • Stage Management
  • Theatre Education

Master of Fine Arts

  • Acting
  • Costume Design
  • Costume Technology
  • Lighting Design
  • Scenic Design
  • Technical Direction

Summer Master of Arts

  • Theatre Education



Students seeking to apply to our programs after the posted deadlines may contact to request admissions consideration. The School of Theatre & Dance follows the standard UH admission requirements and procedures for freshman, transfer, and post-baccalaureate students. UH admission requirements are available at HERE.

The School of Theatre & Dance requires all students to audition for program placement.

Please visit our audition page and contact the admissions faculty below to set up an audition.  

  • Theatre Admissions 

    Dr. Margo Hickman 
    Visiting Assistant Professor, Theatre Education 

    Phone: 713-743-0996

    UH School of Theatre & Dance Theatre Ambassadors

  • Dance Admissions 

    Toni Valle
    Professor of Practice, Dance 

    Phone: 713-743-2838


The priority deadline for domestic and international applicants is January 15th for fall admission. Applications received after that date will be considered if space is available.

Theatre Admissions 

Acceptance into a program of study within the School of Theatre & Dance requires more than filling out the appropriate application(s):

Acting students must audition for program placement. 

Design Technology students must submit portfolios for program placement.


The University of Houston + Alley Theatre MFA Professional Actor Training Program attends the in-person auditions coordinated by the University/Regional Theatre Association (URTA), and holds callback interviews in each of those cities. 

Candidates wishing to apply directly to the program may submit a headshot, resume, and a video audition, for the opportunity to be invited to a callback interview.  Callback interviews will be held at multiple locations within the continental United States in January and February.  While online/virtual auditions may be considered on a case-by-case basis, we prefer to meet auditioners in person whenever possible.

Video audition submission requirements:

Interested candidates are asked to submit their headshot, resume, and a link (YouTube, Vimeo, or comparable platform) for a video audition containing:

  • Close-up framing (shoulders to the top of head) of a candidate offering their full name, the name of their undergraduate institution, and one other (optional) piece of personal information.
  • Medium shot framing (thighs or midsection to top of head) of the candidate performing two contrasting monologues, showing their strengths and range as a performer.

Video submissions must be no more than 2 minutes, 30 seconds in length, and must be received by January 15 for priority consideration. 

Video links may be sent directly to Adam Noble, Head of MFA Acting, at

Please visit our audition page and contact the admissions faculty below for more information.  

MFA Theatre – Acting Admissions 

Adam Noble
Associate Professor, Acting & Movement 

Head of MFA Acting 
Phone: 713-743-6383


MFA Theatre – Design Technology Admissions 

Barb Niederer
Associate Professor, Costume Design & Technology 

Head of Costume Technology 
Phone: (713)743-2108