URTA’s National Showcase Calendar Returns!

Ok, it never really went away–but spring is right around the corner, and it’s the Calendar’s time to shine again.

URTA’s National Showcase Calendar is a one-stop shop where you’ll find showcase listings from dozens of training programs all in one place, including BFAs, MFAs, and other conservatory and university programs.

Each listing shows the date, time, and location of the event, the RSVP contact, as well as additional information about the program, and links to the school and/or actor websites. You can set up email reminders and forward listings to colleagues, friends, or other interested parties.

If you haven’t listed your school’s showcase yet, contact the URTA national office to do so at 212-221-1130.

CLICK HERE to visit the National Showcase Calendar.

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Satellite Auditions – Stony Brook Southampton

We continue our profiles of Guest Participants attending the Satellite Auditions with Stony Brook University – Southampton.11-Historic Campus Windmill-Literary Landmark

Stony Brook is located in the beautiful seaside town of Southampton on the East End of Long Island, a bus or train ride away from Manhattan. Students study throughout the year in Southampton, including during the summer Southampton International Theatre Workshops & Festival. There is also a facility in Manhattan where students take classes and have access to everything one of the most vibrant cities in the world has to offer.

Stony Brook recently took the time to answer a few questions about their program for us and our candidates.

Please tell us a little more about the training program at Stony Brook.

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The URTA Auditions in San Francisco: Spotlight on UCLA

Today we’re following up on our recent post about the URTA Auditions in San Francisco by taking a closer look at the MFA Acting program at UCLA. An URTA Member School, UCLA will be recruiting design candidates at the NUAIs in Chicago and interviewing directors in New York and Chicago, but they will only be attending the URTA Auditions for actors in San Francisco.

Most of us know UCLA as a PAC-12, national university with a robust film studies program. As you may imagine, their theater training is also first rate. Here’s a little more information on their program.

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College Credit through LDI


LDI announced last fall their new partnership with the University of Florida that allows students to earn college credit from training courses at the LDI conference. In the video linked below, Professor Stan Kaye explains how those credits can be transferred to most students’ home institutions.

In related news, Professor Kaye will be part of the panel at the URTA seminar “Discovering Lighting Design Opportunities Off Stage” in Chicago on Sunday February 2nd. The seminar is available to all registered NUAI Candidates. More information on URTA’s Continuing Education program can be found here.

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Satellite Auditions – Florida Atlantic University

We continue our profiles of Guest Participants attending the Satellite Auditions with Florida Atlantic University. FAU is one of 13 programs that will be attending the Satellite Auditions at our NUAIs. Just $15 to be seen by an additional 13 programs–what’s not to like?

Located in Boca Raton, the heart of south Florida’s theatre district, Florida Atlantic’s MFA theatre training programs were established in 1974. With a faculty of working professionals, and a summer repertory where students can earn Equity Candidate points, FAU offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs in acting as well as design and technology.

Here’s a little more you might want to know about FAU.

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The URTA Auditions in San Francisco

San Francisco, that magical city by the bay. And maybe the place where your graduate theatre training begins.

The URTA Auditions once again come to San Francisco on February 8th and 9th in 2014. We are still accepting applications, but because we are in San Francisco only two days there are limited number of audition times available. We highly recommend you get your application in as soon as possible. 

The number of registered candidates attending the auditions in San Francisco this year has already surpassed that of last year. And last year’s attendance was higher than the year before that, and…well, you get the idea. The San Francisco audition site becomes more popular every year. That could be why, as of this writing, we have over a dozen URTA Member programs registered to attend the auditions there, as well as more than half a dozen Guest Participants–Some of whom will only be attending the San Francisco auditions (for example, PCPA and UCLA).

Another great reason to consider the San Francisco auditions: The Satellite Audition is essentially included at no extra cost and with no second audition required. You see, in San Francisco, the Guest Participants are in attendance at the URTA Auditions. You’ll be seen by all of the participating institutions–URTA Members and Guests–without having to register for the separate Satellite Audition.

Oh, and of course, as in Chicago and New York, members of Actors’ Equity receive a $25 discount on registration. Be sure to use the dedicated AEA application, and the discount will be applied at checkout.

URTA has also arranged a fantastic group rate at the hotel where the auditions will take place. For more information, email our Membership Director at

Looking forward to seeing you in SF!


Satellite Auditions – Academy of Art University

Our new Satellite Auditions are proving to be quite popular with both schools and students. With already more than a dozen guest recruiters registered to attend, it’s easy to see why so many candidates have decided to add this second audition to their URTA travel plans.

Today, we want to highlight another Guest Participant, Academy of Art University. They will be attending the Satellite Auditions in New York and Chicago, as well as the URTA Auditions in San Francisco.

Located in San Francsico, Academy of Art University’s School of Acting is rooted in process, technique, and truthful storytelling. We recently caught up with AAU to get more information about their program that we can pass on to our MFA Acting candidates.

URTA: Can you tell us about the acting program at Academy of Art University?

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PCPA Joins Auditions in San Francisco, Design Review in Chicago

PCPA will continue its history of participation in URTA’s National Unified Auditions and Interviews by attending Portfolio Review of MFA Design candidates in Chicago, and the MFA Acting auditions in San Francisco.

Located in Santa Maria, on the Central Coast of California (20 miles south of Pismo Beach, 60 miles north of Santa Barbara), PCPA is a theatre and conservatory unique in its arrangement, with a long, rich history.

Erik Stein, PCPA’s casting director, said, “PCPA is relatively new to the URTA auditions. We enjoyed our experience in Chicago last year, and we are looking forward to adding San Francisco to our audition tour.” We asked him a few questions that might be on the minds of our MFA candidates.

URTA: PCPA has been around for quite some time. Can you tell us a little about the institution—both the theatre and the conservatory?

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More Northwestern Design Faculty Have a Good Day in New York City

The Jacksonian, a new play by Beth Henley, opened Off-Broadway last Friday and immediately leapt up the list of preferred productions to see. Ben Brantley, of The New York Times, put it all succinctly, “Mourning becomes Beth Henley. The humor in “The Jacksonian,” her delectably lurid new play on Theater Row, is as black as widow’s weeds. But with the aid of a crackerjack cast, directed by Robert Falls, this twisty study in murder, Mississippi-style, finds bright fireworks within shades of noir.”

That crackerjack cast includes Ed Harris, Glenn Headly. Amy Madigan and Bill Pullman. The play’s single location is a motel in 1964 Jackson, Mississippi, designed by Walt Spangler “with a tactile sense of respectability running to seed.” Spangler is an accomplished designer, and Assistant Professor at Northwestern University’s Department of Theatre MFA Design Program. The production is also well served by Ana Kuzmanic’s costumes, and she too teaches Northwestern’s MFA design students as an Associate Professor.

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Looking for a Roommate?

Hotel costs are rising, particularly in New York. If you are attending the URTA Auditions and Interviews and are looking for a way to save some money, you might want to consider sharing a hotel room. If you have a room to share with another URTA candidate OR you are looking for a room, post a comment here (use the little balloon at the top right of this post). Include the site you are attending, the dates you will be in town, your gender, and whether you HAVE a room to share or NEED a room. Include your First Name and an email address – do not post Last Name or phone number.

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URTA does not accept responsibility for any situation that may arise as a result of this optional service. We strongly urge you to exercise caution whenever posting personal details online or meeting strangers….That said, all URTA candidates are grown ups and we are just trying to help you save some cash.