The University of Tulsa Department of Theatre is happy to award scholarships to talented and enthusiastic artists. We do not require auditions to be admitted to our program, but if you are seeking a scholarship in a performance or technical area, you will need to audition or interview.
Our auditions are open to all incoming freshmen and transfer students who intend to major in theatre or musical theatre. If you plan to minor in these areas of study, you may apply for a scholarship during the sophomore year or later.
There is one audition weekend, which offers you and your family the opportunity to meet our faculty and current students, tour our facilities and campus, and meet with an admission counselor.
Schedule an Audition
Please contact Sandra Plaster at least two weeks prior to the audition date to schedule an audition at firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-631-2566.
Students should apply for admission to the university prior to their audition. It is also recommended that the FAFSA be submitted prior to the audition. No scholarship offers may be made until the student has been accepted into the university. Visit TU’s Office of Admissions for more information.
Sunday, February 17, 2019
- 12:30 p.m. Welcome and introduction to the program
Q&A for parents and prospective students with Department Chair and Faculty
- 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Auditions, Portfolio reviews and Dance auditions
You will receive your appointment time on the day of the audition.
Dance auditions are required for musical theatre and acting applicants. Please wear dance attire or comfortable clothing. Character or jazz shoes are recommended.
This audition also coincides with the Tulsa Time Overnight Visit Program. This two-day program is a comprehensive introduction to TU. Please visit the Tulsa Time information page for more information.
If you cannot attend the audition, please contact the department to request a Digital Audition. Deadline for submission is February 17, 2019.
Audition & Interview Requirements
All auditions or portfolio reviews will be given ten minute appointments. Students interested in Performance must bring four copies of your resume and head shot if available.
You may audition for a performance scholarship (acting or musical theatre) as well as a design/stage management scholarship. Let us know when you schedule an appointment.
Acting: You will be asked to perform two contrasting monologues from published plays, one must be classical. Each monologue must be two minutes or less, and you will be stopped at four minutes. Be prepared with a third monologue if requested.
Musical Theatre: Prepare two 32-bar contrasting songs from the Musical Theatre genre. Prepare two contrasting monologues from published plays, two minutes or less. You will be asked to do one song and one monologue. If we need to see more, we will ask for the other material.
An accompanist will be provided or you are welcome to bring your own. Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key. It is recommended that you mount it on cardstock and tape it together accordion style or put it in a binder. NO taped accompaniment or acapella singing please.
Design/Stage Management: Bring a portfolio featuring your work and four copies of your resume to your interview. Your portfolio doesn’t need to be extensive to earn consideration. Suitable material could include: photographs, prompt books, sketches or technical drawings. If you need a computer, TV or DVD player, please let us know in advance.
If you have questions, please contact Machele Dill.
- PREPARE! We can’t say enough about this. Show us your best, be on time and have your monologues and songs memorized.
- Dress appropriately. Wear nice, comfortable clothing, appropriate to your age and character. Make sure your hair is out of your face – though that doesn’t mean you need to put it up. Wear it in a way to showcase yourself.
- For those who will be singing, when you get to the stage, speak to the accompanist to review any special markings on your music, set your tempo with him, and then come to center stage.
- Introduce yourself and your pieces clearly and concisely. An example of an appropriate intro would be: “Hello, my name is Mary Smith and my two pieces are from 110 in the Shade and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
- If we need to know the playwright or more about the piece, we will ask, so know that information.
- Say “Thank you” at the end of your audition and mean it. We want you to do well – believe it or not, we are on your side.
- No matter what happens, don’t apologize. If there is a problem with your song or monologue, simply stop, request to start over, fix the problem and go on as if nothing happened. Everyone makes mistakes and it’s ok.
- Again, be polite, be on time (or early) and be prepared. We can’t say this enough.
- Above all…HAVE FUN! We want to watch someone up there who has worked hard and loves what they are doing.
While an in-person meeting and audition is highly recommended, we understand that may be impossible. We will consider allowing a digitally submitted audition upon request.
- Those wishing to audition for a performance scholarship – either Musical Theatre or Acting – should include monologues and songs as required for the live auditions (please perform ALL of your required material).
- You may also include brief cuttings from shows in which you are performing, especially to display your dance talents.
- Please include a short demonstration of dance or movement.
- Those wishing to present their design portfolio should do so via CD or DVD if possible, including other drawings or paintings you have produced.
- Stage Managers and playwriting applicants should include samples of their work.
- All media auditions should include a brief video section (preferred) or written statement expressing your theatre experiences to date and why you have decided to pursue a degree in theatre.
- Please include a written table of contents describing what is on the tape along with a resume and/or headshot.
- Deadline for submission is February 17, 2019.
Travel and Parking
Information on directions to campus or area hotels can be found in the Office of Admissions Visit Campus page.
Please park in the McFarlin parking lot directly to the North of Kendall Hall. Link here to see a map of the campus. All auditions and interviews are in Theatre II in Kendall Hall – enter through the Northeast doors. There will be signs directing you to the correct room.