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.

Dance BA auditions are usually held in January, February and September.

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 2019, would audition January, February or September 2019.  To be considered for admission into the dance program, students must have the major listed in their UC application (either as the first choice major or alternate major) and intend to fully participate for at least one year on campus. To change your major in your UC applications, 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 to determine qualification for the major and reserve a place in the program - only a limited number of students can be accommodated each year. 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. The September audition is scheduled a few days before classes begin. Students who audition in September should be prepared to adjust their Fall schedule.

The audition is similar to that of a technique class in modern and ballet.

Non-transfer students can audition for acceptance to the Dance BFA program in the sophomore year. Transfer students can audition for acceptance to the Dance BFA program in their first year.

These programs are highly structured and have been carefully organized to offer the serious acting and dance student the opportunity to receive quality training. Delays in audition can affect graduation plans.

Audition Schedule

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

REGISTRATION FOR IN-PERSON WINTER 2022 DANCE AUDITIONS ARE NOW OPEN.

Click here for Full Dance Major Audition Information Packet.

Dance auditions for incoming Freshmen will be held in person on Saturday, January 22nd and Saturday, February 5th. For further details see below.

VIDEO SUBMISSION

The submission window for video auditions is November 29th to December 11th, 2021. For further details for video sumbissions see below.

THEATER BFA Audition Dates for the 2021-2022 Academic Year:

REGISTRATION FOR FALL 2021 BFA ACTING AUDITIONS IS NOW CLOSED

The Fall Theater BFA auditions will be held on Tuesday, September 21st 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.   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 sposh@ucsb.edu no later than Friday, September 10th.

For further details please, email Sean O'Shea, Academic Advisor, at sposh@ucsb.edu.  

 

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.

The Dance Audition

Welcome Prospective Dance Majors!

We strongly encourage in-person auditions but we realize some of you have exceptional circumstances and will need to audition by video. With careful preparation your video can offer deep insight into your work and be just as powerful as an in-person audition. Below, you will find detailed information on how to prepare, package and send your video materials to the Theater/Dance Department. The window for submission of these materials is:  November 29th through December 17th

Here are the steps you will follow:

1.  Apply to the University (at UCSB): Receiving Applications Nov. 1st-30th   (https://admissions.ext-prod.sa.ucsb.edu/how-to-apply)

2.  Register here: January 22, February 5, Video Audition for your UCSB Dance Major Audition.

3.  Please learn Ballet and Modern combinations from the following Unlisted YouTube Playlist  [ hyperlink - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFYEI6OpRsvTfb15oa-FDE92F62dZ8nKU ](3 videos), and then record yourself performing this material for submission.

4.  Prepare all required videos and edit into ONE file.

5.  Send your video link to this secure email address UCSBDanceAudition2022@gmail.com

**More technical details are listed below**

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

Format for Video Audition

**Video Should be 8 minutes in length (8 to 12 mins. for Transfer Applicants)

Self-Introduction

Please introduce yourself (name and pronouns), and briefly discuss what inspires you about dance and what interests you about UCSB.

Recorded Technical Material / Combinations:

1.      Ballet Adagio - 90 seconds

2.      Ballet Allegro - 90 seconds

3.      Modern Center Exercise - 120 seconds

4.      Student Choice – Open Improvisation, or a selection of choreography 120 seconds                     

         **Note: Improvisation or choreography must be your original work.

         Recorded in a studio or alternate space; please do not submit a group dance that was previously recorded.

Information on formatting, submission and the preparation of files for our review:

- Record all video in a horizontal/landscape orientation. 

(This is particularly important if you are shooting with a phone camera)

- Make sure the light source is coming from the front and/or side, and that you are not backlit. 

- Avoid filming with a mirror as a background.  A clear, un-cluttered wall or background is helpful.

Please upload and provide a link to ONE video file (edited together) to Vimeo or YouTube (both can be unlisted or password protected for your privacy). 

**Please do not submit videos uploaded to Google Drive.

If you have difficulty with editing or do not have the equipment or software to do so, please contact the dance faculty at UCSBDanceAudition2022@gmail.com for alternative arrangements.

 

TRANSFER APPLICANTS

For Prospective Transfer Students there is a Two Step process:

1.  Use the process detailed above to create and submit your audition video file.

     **Your Choreography and/or Improvisation submission can be 2 - 5 mins. in length.

     (The 120 second limit applies to the incoming first year applicants only.)

2.  From this group of video submissions, Select Applicants will be invited to come to campus on January 15th for in-person interviews with Faculty, orientation with our facilities, and an opportunity to attend the performance of Santa Barbara Dance Theater, the resident professional dance company at UCSB.

*If you would like to attend the performance, you will be offered one complimentary ticket for the performance of your choice (matinee or evening).