Audition for Performing Arts

Audition for Performing Arts

Auditions and interviews help us assess each student’s abilities and career potential as an aspiring performing artist.

Auditions and interviews help us assess each student’s abilities and career potential as an aspiring performing artist. They also help students evaluate whether the university is the right fit for them, and vice versa.

For those interested in acting, music theatre, design (scene, costume, or lighting), theatre technology, or stage management, the process should include the following:

Acting majors should prepare two memorized monologues (two to three minutes each) from a contemporary play or, with appropriate experience and comfort, a classical play.

Music Theatre majors should prepare one monologue and one verse from a Broadway musical; students must provide their own recorded musical accompaniment.

Resume and headshot are required at the time of the audition for all Acting and Music Theatre students.

Portfolio review: Stage managers, designers, and technicians should present examples of work in the form of photographs, prompt books, PowerPoint, drawings of productions, etc. on which they have worked, along with a current resume. Examples of related skills (e.g. sewing, construction, sketches) are also helpful.

Interview: All prospective students will interview with the department chair and/or a faculty member to assess skills and a mutual fit. Interviews enable students to talk with a faculty member informally and discover what the university and the student have to offer each other.

Auditions, portfolio reviews and interviews are held on campus throughout the year during Open House events (please check the SFUAD website for Open House dates.) We also participate in auditions / portfolio reviews at various sites around the country.

Audition Guidelines

For more information and advice on preparing your portfolio, please contact our enrollment advisors at 1-877-732-5977 or

Audition Schedule:


Lincoln Thespian Festival: June 20-25, 2016
University of Nebraska

PCPA, Santa Maria: Oct 10, 2016
Location TBA

LVNPAA: Oct 27 & 28, 2016
Las Vegas Academy of the Arts

North TX Auditions: Nov 17 & 18, 2016
Collin College Plano

Booker T: Nov 18 & 19, 2016
BTW High School Dallas

Arizona Thespians: Nov 18 & 19, 2015
Phoenix Conv Ctr

Greater Houston Area Auditions: Nov 20, 2016
The High School for the Performing & Visual Arts

Greater San Antonio Area Auditions: Nov 21, 2016
Ronald Reagan HS

Texas Thespian Festival: Dec 1-3, 2016
Dallas Convention Ctr & Omni Hotel

Colorado Thespian Festival: Dec 1-3, 2016
CO Convention Ctr & the Hyatt Regency Hotel Denver

NOCCA: December 5, 2016
Location TBA


NYC Unifieds: Jan 21 & 22, 2017
Pearl Studios NYC

TETA: Jan 25-28, 2017
Moody Gardens, Galveston

Chicago Unifieds: Feb 6, 7, 8, 2017
Palmer House Hilton

Los Angeles Unifieds: Feb 11 & 12, 2017
Westin Los Angeles Airport