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Audition Process

Auditions at URTA and SETC

URTA New York – January 21-24, 2017
URTA Chicago – January 30-February 2, 2017
URTA San Francisco – February 4-5, 2017


** We will only be attending Satellite Auditions at all three URTA locations.

If you wish to audition outside of the above locations and dates, please contact us at Additional guidelines can be found below.

If you plan to audition at URTA or Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) you must first register on their website. Please take note of the audition requirements for both URTA and SETC.

When auditioning, the Accademia is looking at the following aspects of your work:

  • How you use your body and the space
  • Your ability to bring life to text and, where appropriate, singing
  • Your relationship – as the actor – with the audience
  • Sense of structure and dynamics in performance
  • Inter-disciplinary skills

Video Auditions

We strongly encourage MFA applicants to audition in person. However, if this is not possible we do accept video auditions. Please see the section above, Individual Auditions by Appointment, for instructions. To request a video audition submission, please email

** Please note that any applicant may be asked for an additional audition. This is especially true for those who audition at URTA or SETC. In this case we make every effort to hold the audition in your area.

Next Steps

After you have turned in your completed Application Packet and auditioned, the final step is to have a Skype or Video Call interview with the MFA Program Director and/or MFA Associate Program Director.

Following the interview, the Accademia dell’Arte will inform you (in a timely manner) whether:

  1. You will be offered a place in the program
  2. You will not be offered a place in the program
  3. You will be placed on the waiting list (confirmation of placement would ensue in a timely manner)

Individual Auditions by Appointment

This applies to any applicant who is auditioning outside of URTA or SETC. This includes video auditions. Candidates must contact to request an Individual Audition by Appointment.

With the exception of video submissions, applicants should be prepared to work under the guidance of an Accademia dell’Arte faculty representative who will be assessing the capacity to respond to direction. When possible, we arrange for multiple applicants to audition together in a collaborative, workshop-like environment.

For the audition, please prepare:

  • 2 Contrasting Pieces: less than 90 seconds each.
  • An Original Physical Theatre Piece: it can be solo or collaborative (if collaborative, please find a way to highlight yourself). The piece can be a work in progress – we don’t necessarily expect to see a finished product. The entire piece can be less than 5 minutes.
  • Special Skills: please share these where appropriate! They can include instrumental or vocal music, dance, acrobatics, juggling, etc. This can be a short separate piece or you can weave it into your original piece.
  • For a video audition, the entire video should be less than 15 minutes.
  • For a video audition, please include your first and last name at the beginning of the video. This can be a separate clip if desired.
  • For a video audition, when complete, please upload it to YouTube or Vimeo and email the URL to If the video is private, please share the necessary viewing details.

Potential Locations for an Individual Audition by Appointment:

If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled audition dates, we can hold individual or group auditions in the following locations:

  • New York
  • Los Angeles
  • Chicago
  • San Francisco
  • Denver
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Mississippi University for Women (Columbus, MS)
  • Catawba College (Charlotte, NC area)
  • Coastal Carolina University (Myrtle Beach, SC area)
  • Arezzo, Italy

You must email to request an audition at one of these locations. Please note the ability to hold an audition in one of these locations depends on the availability of a faculty representative.

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