The Department of Theatre Arts at The University of Texas at Arlington provides Theatre Arts majors with a well-rounded education in the theatrical profession through extensive practical and theoretical application of the art and craft of the stage. UTA Theatre Arts students will gain a practical education in the primary components of the theatre arts, including:
- Acting and Performance (Musical Theatre)
- Script Analysis and Theatre History
- Theatrical Design and Technology
- Stage Direction
- Voice and Movement
- Stage Management / Theatre Admnistration
- The Department of Theatre Arts also offers a minor in Theatre Arts and a minor in Dance
The Department of Theatre Arts offers the BA and BFA Degrees within the context of a broadbased Liberal Arts curriculum. The BFA is a pre-professional degree with a focus in Performance, Musical Theatre, and Design & Technology that provides the training necessary for students to continue their progress within the professional field (see admission requirements). The BA is a general studies degree in Theatre Arts allowing the student flexibility through more elective hours to take courses that address multiple interests.
Prospective Student Auditions
BFA Performance Auditions
Auditions consist of two contrasting monologues from published plays (1 minute in length each). A 16-bar song is encouraged, but not required. UTA sends a faculty representative to the major recruiting conferences and events in the DFW area. Students may also audition privately in February. Each student auditioning privately will be required to submit an audition form, resume, and headshot at the time of the audition.
BFA Musical Theatre Auditions
Auditions consist of portions from two (2) contrasting musical theatre pieces (16-32 bars in length) showing range, storytelling, and variety, as well as a one-minute contemporary monologue from a published play. Please bring sheet music in the correct key, double-sided, and in a binder. An accompanist will be provided. Each student auditioning will be required to submit an audition form, resume, and headshot at the time of audition.
BFA in Design & Technology
All BFA candidates must formally audition for admittance into the program. Auditions consist of the prospective student’s presentation of a current portfolio and resume to one or more of the design/tech faculty. Auditions are typically ten minutes long and are followed by a brief Q&A. Students can audition either on site at UTA or through recruitment conferences where a UTA Department of Theatre Arts representative is present.
BA in Theatre Arts
No audition required.
For more information, please visit our Prospective Student Audition page.
Things To Do Before School Starts
- Texas Higher Level Assessment (THEA)
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
- Residency Requirements
- Admission Transfer Hours
- Transfer Equivalency Guide
- Dancers Network: Collin College Preston Ridge Campus
- North Texas Drama Auditions: Collin College Spring Creek Campus
- Booker T. Washington College Showcase: Booker T. Washington HSPVA
- Texas Thespians State Festival: Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine
- Dance Jam Festival: Richland College
- Greater San Antonio Area Auditions: Reagan High School
- Texas Educational Theatre Association
- American College Dance Association: Lamar University
Welcome Letter from the Department Chair
Welcome to The University of Texas at Arlington’s fast-growing Department of Theatre Arts. As a student at UTA, you will discover a myriad of opportunities for involvement in every aspect of theatre arts. Students are free to pursue their training and growth as far as their interests, talents, and commitment will allow.
Theatre majors at UTA embark each year on a season of artistic development and enrichment. Students are challenged to develop their talent, self-discipline, and initiative through both intellectual and practical pursuits. Theatrical production work goes hand-in-hand with classes designed to immerse students in the theatrical production process as well as dramatic literature, theatre history, and playwriting.
The UTA Department of Theatre Arts is large enough to offer a broadly based and comprehensive curriculum, yet small enough to nurture close-knit relationships between faculty and students. Our location connects students to a larger community of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, affording them unique opportunities for professional employment.
The Department of Theatre Art’s goal is to educate and graduate competitive and intelligent artists who will carry on a tradition of quality art to the larger community. Our continuing vision for the long-term future of our program is twofold: to provide opportunities for our students to participate in quality theatrical productions, and to engage our students intellectually in a debate about future directions in the arts.
It is my belief that this will be another exceptional year of growth and discovery in the art of theatre at UTA.
Chair, Department of Theatre Arts