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 WILL BE OPENING SOON.

Dance auditions for incoming Freshmen will be held in person on Saturday, January 22nd and Saturday, February 5th. Further details coming soon.

VIDEO SUBMISSION

The submission window for video auditions is November 29th to December 11th, 2021. Further details for video sumbissions coming soon.

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

FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS
 
The Department of Theater & Dance at UC Santa Barbara invites you to audition for the dance major as an incoming first-year student.  In January and February 2022, we will hold in-person auditions for graduating high-school students.  
 
In-person Auditions (for prospective first-year students; current graduating high-school seniors)
 
Saturday, January 22, 2022
 
9:00 am  Sign-in, stretching & self warmup time
10:00am Audition begins (to include modern, ballet and improvisation)
12:00 End audition
12:00 – 1:00 Refreshments & socializing with dance faculty and current students 
1:00 – 2:00 Information session, performance showcase, and Q&A
 
Saturday, February 5, 2022
 
9:00 am  Sign-in, stretching & self warmup time
10:00am Audition begins (to include modern, ballet and improvisation)
12:00 End audition
12:00 – 1:00 Refreshments & socializing with dance faculty and current students
1:00 – 2:00 Information session, performance showcase, and Q&A
 
First-year applicants are strongly encouraged to audition in-person.  Should extenuating circumstances exist for you, there is a video audition option.  Contact Sean O’Shea (Academic Advisor) – sposh@ucsb.edu – for details on this process.
 
TRANSFER STUDENTS
 
Prospective transfers are asked to submit their applications digitally through a specialized video submission.  Selected transfer applicants will be invited to campus for information and interviews on Saturday, January 15, 2021.
 
Invited Transfer Student Event
 
Saturday, January 15, 2022 – Your visit will include an introduction to faculty, a personal interview, and a facility tour.  You will have the opportunity to attend a performance of Santa Barbara Dance Theater, UCSB’s resident professional contemporary dance company. We are pleased to reserve complimentary tickets for you to either the matinee or evening performance.
 

For your video: 
 

VIDEO SUBISSION TIMELINE – first-year applicants AND transfer applicants
*Video Submission requirements will be posted by November 1st
 
Video Submissions – Open: Monday, November 29, 2021
 
Video Submissions – Close: Saturday, December 11, 2021
 
To join UCSB as a dance major first-year students and transfers must be accepted to the University AND the Dance Program—each with its own application process.  Get going on your university application as the deadline to apply for UCSB is November 30, 2021.
 

 
If any further questions arise, please visit our website www.theaterdance.ucsb.edu or email the Theater and Dance Academic Advisor, Sean O'Shea at sposh@ucsb.edu