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. If you are interested, you can audition for department scholarships.

BA/BS Dance Performance or Education

The Dance department is committed to your success and therefore, admits students who are qualified to complete programs of study. To qualify for major level technique classes, you must complete a placement audition. 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 four-hour review process with the entire faculty who evaluate each potential student. The evaluation includes:

  • two group technique classes (ballet and modern dance)

  • 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.


2018/2019 Scholarship/Class Placement Audition Dates
February 3, 2018 at SUU (Multipurpose Center Room 116)
February 10, 2018 at Corner Canyon High School in Draper, Utah (Room TBA)

All applicants must attend the ballet group class at 10:00 am followed by the modern dance group class. The solo/interview portion will begin at noon. Registration and warm-ups begin at 9 am.

Please submit the Audition Application for Theatre and Dance and bring a current photo and resume to the audition.

Students seeking teaching licensure, in addition to the placement requirements, must:

1) Submit an application and be approved by the dance faculty
2) Choose a teaching minor
3) Be admitted to the Teacher Education Program.

Please contact Jacque at 435-586-7746 or marchantj@suu.edu 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 Acceptd. 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 $30 Audition Fee)
  • 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 Acceptd 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:

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

Live Audition Dates:

Southern Utah University (Cedar City, UT) February 3 rd

Corner Canyon HS (Draper, UT) February 10 th

Live Audition Format:

Performance BFA candidates will schedule an audition date through the Acceptd 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 thier 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 Acceptd 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 Acceptd 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 tadtheatre@suu.edu with any questions.