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 can 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 2019, will audition Spring 2020, and begin the program Fall 2020.

Prospective and incoming transfer students are eligible to audition for the Theater BFA program prior to the first year of study. Transfer students can attend the May or September audition preceding their expected start quarter. For example, a transfer student expecting to start Fall 2019 would attend the May or September 2019 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.

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 2020-2021 Academic Year:

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, all auditions for the Fall 2020 Quarter will be done via video submission.  The submission deadline is Friday, September 25th. Registration for the video audition can be found here.

 

THEATER BFA Audition Dates for the 2020-2021 Academic Year:

Theater BFA auditions will be held ONLINE on Tuesday, September 29th.  This audition will be held remotely in a Zoom meeting format.  All registered students will be sent an email with a link to join in.  You will check-in online at 9:45am.  The program will begin at 10am with introductions and general information given.  After introductions, while still connected to the online meeting, students will then be moved into a "waiting room" and will be invited back to perform their monologues. 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 write a 200 word statement as to why they want to be part of the UCSB Theater and Dance Department BFA in Acting program.  Please submit this to sposh@ucsb.edu no later than Tuesday, September 15th.

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

Audition registration will begin at 9:30 am in the lobby of the Performing Arts wing of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building (HSSB). The audition will begin promptly at 10:00 am. Students attending the audition will have the opportunity to meet faculty, students and advisors.

The audition should be viewed as a challenging but positive experience, and students should regard it as a learning experience. The format of the audition is similar to that of a class, and will accommodate:

  • Technique class in modern dance;
  • Technique class in ballet;
  • (ONLY FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS OR UCSB STUDENTS DESIRING TO ENTER THE PROGRAM AT THE ADVANCED LEVEL): a choreographic study of approximately one-minute. This work must be choreographed by the candidate. The purpose is to demonstrate performance potential and ability in the candidate's own style of movement.

Please wear appropriate dance clothing. No loose clothing; leotards, tights (without feet) and ballet slippers.

In-person audition highly recommended. Prospective students that live outside a 150 mile radius of Santa Barbara can submit a Video Audition.

Auditions for the Dance program and applying to the University are separate processes. Students should contact the Office of Admissions for more information about University application materials and deadlines. Acceptance by audition to the Dance program does not guarentee acceptance to the University. Students must meet the Office of Admissions requirements for University acceptance consideration.