Department of Theatre Arts and Dance

Theatre Arts & Dance Admission & Auditions

Audition Application for Theatre and Dance

Specific Admission Criteria For Incoming Freshmen:

Auditions for Theatre Scholarships and interviews for Production Portfolio Scholarships are on a Saturday in February for the coming Academic Year.  Auditions are not required to be admitted to the Theatre program.

Auditions for Dance Placement and Scholarships are held early in spring semester for the coming Academic Year. You must be admitted to SUU to be considered for a department scholarship. Please click on Scholarship Auditions and Audition Tips at the top of the page for further information. If you cannot come on the scheduled audition day, arrangements can be made for an alternate day by calling the Theatre and Dance office at 435-586-7746 or contacting

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. The Theatre Department does not have requirements to be admitted, however the Dance Program has special admission requirements which are explained below.

Special Audition Requirements for Admission to the Dance Program

Dance Audition Information 2017

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 Associates Degree, must place at an intermediate technique level or above in order to complete their Bachelor Degree within a minimum two-year timeline. The Scholarship/Class Placement Audition date for 2017-2018 is February 4, 2017 at SUU, and February 11, 2017 at Corner Canyon High School in Draper Utah.  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 in the Multipurpose Center. Auditions are held in MC 116 at SUU. More information about location at Corner Canyon High School will be available as the time gets closer.

Please submit the Audition Application for Theatre and Dance  at the top of this page and bring a current photo and resume to the audition.

The audition is on a Saturday and includes 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.

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 if you have questions.

You will also need to register as a Theatre Arts or Dance major with Stephen Wagner, the Academic Advisor for the College of Performing & Visual Arts. Mr. Wagner serves as the General Education Advisor for all students in the College of Performing and Visual Arts. Once you have registered as a major you will be assigned a Departmental Advisor as well. Students meet with both advisors at least once a semester to track and plan individual student's progress. 

Stephen Wagner
College of Performing and Visual Arts
351 W. University Blvd.
Cedar City, Utah 84720