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 Audition Dates for admittance to the major during the 2022-2023 Academic Year:
REGISTRATION FOR IN-PERSON WINTER 2022 DANCE AUDITIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.
Dance auditions for incoming Freshmen will be held in person on Saturday, January 22nd and Saturday, February 5th. For further details see below.
The submission window for video auditions is November 29th to December 17th, 2021. For further details for video sumbissions see below.
THEATER BFA Audition Dates for the 2022-2023 Academic Year:
REGISTRATION FOR FALL 2022 BFA ACTING AUDITIONS IS NOW OPEN
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. 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 email@example.com no later than Friday, September 9th.
For further details please, email Sean O'Shea, Academic Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
INTRODUCTION TO DANCE PROGRAM AUDITIONS
Prospective and continuing students interested in the Dance program must register here https://reg.planetreg.com/E11416103013414 and send in a video audition submission to be assessed by dance faculty. Due to COVID’s rising numbers and County Health regulations re: gatherings of large groups, we must cancel our formerly scheduled in-person dance auditions at this time. For more detailed Covid information, please visit the UCSB Covid-19 pages and our department's health and safety page.
Deadline for video submissions for admittance into the program for fall 2022, is January 28, 2022. Students who have already been accepted to UC Santa Barbara for fall 2022 and decide to audition once they arrive on campus for the start of the academic year may do so in 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.
DANCE AUDITONS 2022
STEPS TO APPLY AND SCHEDULE AN AUDITION
Please be sure to apply to UC Santa Barbara: Receiving Applications November 1-30 (HTTPS://ADMISSIONS.EXT-PROD.SA.UCSB.EDU/HOW-TO-APPLY)
Register for your video audition 2022 here
FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS FOR VIDEO AUDITIONS FOR INCOMING FRESHMEN AND TRANSFER STUDENTS
Deadline for video submissions: January 28, 2022
HOW TO FORMAT YOUR VIDEO SUBMISSION
- Please learn Ballet and Modern combinations from the following UNLISTED YOUTUBE PLAYLIST (3 videos), and then record yourself performing this material for submission.
- Videos should be 7-8 minutes for Freshmen and 8-12 for Transfer applicants.
- Record all videos in a horizontal/landscape orientation
- Make sure the light sources is coming from the front and/or side, and you are not backlit.
- Avoid filming with a mirror as a background. A clear, un-cluttered wall or background is helpful.
- You may record in a studio or alternative space.
- Please do not submit a group dance that was previously recorded.
- Please include the following
- Self-introduction- Please introduce yourself (name and pronouns), and briefly discuss what inspires you about dance and what interests you about UCSB.
- Ballet Adagio (learned from our videos above) – 90 seconds
- Ballet Allegro (learned from our videos above) – 90 seconds
- Modern Center Exercise (learned from our videos above) – 120 seconds
- Freshmen- Student Choice: open improvisation or solo choreography (must be your own original work) - 120 seconds
- Transfer- Student Choice: open improvisation or solo choreography (must be your own original work) – 2-5 minutes
Send your video link to this secure email address email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for alternative arrangements.
If you have questions concerning the above details please contact Sean O’Shea, Academic Advisor email@example.com for assistance.