Department of Theatre Arts and Dance

Admission and Auditions

If you are interested in becoming a Theatre Arts or Dance major, you must first apply and be accepted to Southern Utah University. Applications for admission to SUU are available through the Admissions Office. Once admitted to the University certain degree programs may have additional requirements, these requirements are listed below by degree.

BA/BS Theatre Arts or Theatre Arts Education

At this time students interested in pursuing either the BA or BS in Theatre Arts or Theatre Arts Education are not required to audition to join the program. Students should simply declare their desired program when applying to the university. Scholarship application form

BA/BS Dance or Dance Education

The Dance department is committed to students’ success. Therefore, students must complete a placement audition to adequately begin their progression of dance techniques.. Transfer students who have completed an Associate’s Degree, must place at an intermediate technique level or above in order to complete their Bachelor Degree within a minimum two-year timeline.

All auditions are held on Saturdays and include a three-hour review process with the faculty who evaluate each potential student. The evaluation includes:

  • partial group classes in Jazz, Ballet, and Modern

  • a one-minute solo (choreographed by the student applicant)

  • an interview with the dance faculty

If you live outside the state or region, or are unable to attend the scheduled dates, you may contact the department for options that follow criteria established by the dance program. No student may register for major level courses without a placement audition or department approval.

2021-2022 Scholarship and Placement Audition Dates
Southern Utah University
Multipurpose Center 116 and 116A
Cedar City, UT 84720



Registration and warm-ups for all auditions are from 8:15-9:00 am.  All applicants participate in the group classes with short breaks in between each discipline. The solo/interview portion will begin at 11:00 am. Please dress in solid-colored, form-fitting clothing. Plan to work barefoot and with Jazz shoes and Ballet shoes. Closed bottles of water are permitted inside the studio.

Please fill out and submit the online Audition Application for Dance where you will also upload a current photo and resume.


Please contact Jacque at 435-586-7746 or if you have questions.

BFA Theatre Arts

Students interested in pursuing any of the BFA Theatre Arts emphasis are required to audition. While the department prefers in-person interviews, video submissions are also allowed. To maintain integrity and student focus within the degree, each emphasis will only admit a certain number of students each year. The department has chosen to use Accepted as a means of organizing audition information and to host video submissions, there is also an audition fee which you will pay when you register through Accepted. All students applying for admission to the BFA program are automatically considered for department scholarships, a separate audition is not required.

Application Requirements for all BFA Theatre Arts:

  • Acceptd Application (Includes Audition Fee:  Live Audition Fee $10 / Video Audition Fee $30))
  • Resume
  • One (1) Page Statement of Purpose
  • Desired Audition Date and Time or Online Audition
  • Admission to Southern Utah University

Musical Theatre Emphasis Requirements:

  • Headshot
  • One (1) Shakespeare VERSE monologue- no more than one (1) minute
  • One (1) 32-Bar cut of a Musical Theatre song that shows your range- no more than one (1) minute
  • One (1) Contemporary monologue- no more than one (1) minute

Classical Acting Emphasis Requirements:

  • Headshot
  • One (1) Shakespeare VERSE monologue- no more than one (1) minute
  • One (1) Contemporary monologue- no more than one (1) minute

Theatre Design and Technology Requirements:

  • One (1) portfolio of your work showing between 3-5 projects that showcase your abilities and talents

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose required for the degree is a short, two to three page document that describes yourself, hobbies, interests as well as strengths and weaknesses both within and outside of theatre, career aspirations, why you want to pursue a BFA degree in theatre, and, if you have a reason, why SUU. Please make the document honest, do not try to write something you think we want to hear. We want an honest assessment of where you see yourself and your place so we can make sure we select the best people for the training we offer here.

University Application Requirements

You are required to apply and be accepted to the university in addition to the Theatre Arts BFA program. We recommend you apply through Accepted as soon as possible after receiving acceptance from the university. In order for us to confirm your audition date and time you need have at least applied to the university.

Declare your major as BS or BA Theatre Arts when you apply to the university.

Applications for admission to SUU are available through the Admissions Office.

Audition Deadlines:

ACCEPTD application deadline: February 28 th or one week before audition, whatever is earliest

Live Audition Dates:

Southern Utah University (Cedar City, UT) 2021 TBA

Live Audition Format:

Performance BFA candidates will schedule an audition date through the Accepted application, the department will contact you after you apply to schedule a time. After each individual audition time there will be a short interview session. After all students have had their private audition there will be a one hour masterclass and movement group class, please bring clothes to move in.

Design and Technical BFA candidates will schedule an interview date through the Accepted application, the department will contact you about an interview time. During the interview you will meet with the faculty to discuss your portfolio, goals and the program in general, interviews typically last one half hour.

Video Audition Format:

If you cannot attend a live audition you may upload audition material through the Accepted application website. State your name and pieces you are performing at the beginning of your first uploaded monologue. Record each audition piece individually and label them as “mono1,” “mono2,” and “song” (if required). Record your video in a way that we can see your face clearly, but also so we can see your physical interpretation of your monologue or song. Waist up is typically best.

  1. Song Tips
    • Do not sing a cappella. Use tracks or live accompanist.
    • Sing something that best shows your talent and range.
  2. Monologue Tips
    • Do not use props, sets, dialect, or costumes.
    • Make sure the piece is age appropriate.

Acceptd Application:

Get started with your Acceptd Application. Please email with any questions.