Theater BFA and Dance BA/BFA Audition Information

Students must audition to be accepted into the Theater BFA, Dance BA, or Dance BFA programs. Auditions are not required for the Theater BA program.

Theater BFA auditions are usually scheduled in May and September.

Prospective and incoming freshman are not eligible to audition for the Theater BFA program. All non-transfer Theater majors will participate in the Theater BA program for the first year. Non-transfer students may audition for the Theater BFA program at the end of freshman year. Non-transfer students begin the Theater BFA program sophomore year and study for 3 years. For example, a freshman that starts Fall 2021, will audition Spring 2022, and begin the program Fall 2022.

Prospective and incoming transfer students are eligible to audition for the Theater BFA program prior to the first year of study. Transfer students may attend the May and/or September audition preceding their expected start quarter. For example, a transfer student expecting to start Fall 2021 would attend the May or September 2021 audition. The Theater BFA program requires 3 years of study; transfer students should plan accordingly. The September audition is scheduled a few days before classes begin. Students who audition in September should be prepared to adjust their Fall schedule. Acceptance to the major is dependent upon acceptance to the university.

Prospective and continuing students interested in the Dance program must audition the January, February or September prior to
their expected first year in the program. For example, a student that plans to attend in fall 2022, would audition January, February
or September 2022. To be considered for admission into the dance program, students must have DANCE as a major listed in their UC
application (either s the first choice major or alternate major), and intend to fully participate for at least one year on campus. If you
have already applied and need to change your major to dance in your UC application, please email the Office of Admissions at
ADMISSIONS@SA.UCSB.EDU. Please include your full name and either your UC application ID number or UCSB perm number.
Students are strongly advised to attend the January or February audition (if you are fully vaccinated and feel safe to do so), to
determine qualification for the major and reserve a place in the program – only a limited number of students can be accommodated
each year as first year students in the Dance Program. The September audition is held for students unable to attend earlier
auditions; September auditions are only open to continuing students or students that have been accepted to the University and are
already planning to attend in the fall in which the audition is scheduled. The September audition is held a few days before classes
begin. Students who audition in September should be prepared to adjust their fall schedule.
The audition includes technique classes in modern and ballet and guided improvisation.

Audition Schedule

Dance Audition Dates for admittance to the major during the 2022-2023 Academic Year:


Dance auditions for incoming Freshmen will be held in person on Tuesday, September 20th.  To register, click here. Please note, the auditions in September are for those students who have already been accepted to UCSB and are attending in the Fall 2022 Quarter.


THEATER BFA Audition Dates for the 2022-2023 Academic Year:


Registration closes on September 9th at 5pm.

The Fall Theater BFA auditions will be held on Tuesday, September 20th at 10 a.m.  Check-in will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will go until 9:45 a.m.  

This audition will be held in-person at the Theater and Dance Department, room TD-W 1507.  The audition will consist of the presentation of two prepared, fully memorized contrasting monologues chosen from a contemporary play within the actor's own age range. The time limit for both monologues is three minutes, i.e., about 90 seconds each.

Please be prepared to stay until 5pm, though auditions may finish earlier.  Students must pre-register to guarantee an auditon slot.  To register for an audition, please click HERE

Please note: All acting students are required to submit the following:

- A written 200 word statement as to why you want to be part of the UCSB Theater and Dance Department BFA in Acting program.

- An acting resume, or list of your theater related activities.

- A headshot, or any picture that shows your face.  May be from a cellphone.

- At least one letter of recommendation from someone familiar with your acting.

Please submit to no later than Friday, September 9th.

For further details please, email Sean O'Shea, Academic Advisor, at  


The Theater Audition

Auditions for acceptance into B.F.A. Theater Program for Fall Quarter will take place during late Spring Quarter and again just before the beginning of classes in Fall Quarter.

For all students, please prepare two contrasting contemporary monologues totaling no more than three minutes. Please bring a resume of past theatrical experience including acting, voice, movement classes, and performance experience (indicate when and where).  Transfer students, in addition to this, please bring two letters of recommendation.,

All students must register for the audition and review the Theater BFA Handbook. The program is highly structured and has been carefully organized to offer the serious acting student the opportunity to recieve quality training. 

Transfer students should be aware that auditions for the Theater program and applying to the University are seperate processes. Students should contact the Office of Admissions for more information about University application materials and deadlines. Acceptance by audition to the Theater program does not guarentee acceptance to the University. Students must meet the Office of Admissions requirements for University acceptance consideration.



Prospective and continuing students interested in the Dance program must register here

If you have questions concerning the above details please contact Sean O’Shea, Academic Advisor for assistance.