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Undergraduate Admissions

In order to pursue a Theatre major at SMU (Acting Track or Theatre Studies Track), you must be accepted both to the Meadows School of the Arts (via your audition/interview), as well as to SMU (via your undergraduate application for admission).

First-year and transfer Theatre candidates should prepare two contrasting monologues from contemporary plays and 16 bars of one song. (Please note that no accompanist is provided or required.) The total length of both pieces and the song should not exceed five (5) minutes. Auditions will also include an interview. Candidates interested in design, directing, playwriting, stage management or other areas of theatre are encouraged (but not required) to bring portfolios or supplemental materials in addition to presenting their auditions. All auditions will be videotaped.

Transfer Students: Note that all transfer students are required to complete college algebra or a college-level math course before transferring to SMU. We strongly encourage you to plan ahead and check with your transfer admission counselor to ensure that you have satisfied this admission requirement.

Dallas auditions are offered on campus and include an information session and tour of the Division of Theatre facilities with a current theatre student. We welcome all prospective students to observe theatre classes and go on a SMU Campus Tour as part of their audition trip experience.

Online registration for theatre auditions will be available beginning September 1.

2014-15 Dallas Auditions

October 31, 2014
November 1, 2014
November 22, 2014
January 16, 2015
January 17, 2015
February 27, 2015
February 28, 2015
March 1, 2015

2014-15 Unified Auditions

To register for one of our Regional auditions, please click on your desired audition date below.

January 24, 2015 Pearl Studios, 500 8th Ave.
New York City, N.Y.
Unified Auditions
February 2, 2015 Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St.
Chicago, Ill.
Unified Auditions
February 3, 2015 Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St.
Chicago, Ill.
Unified Auditions
February 4, 2015 Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St.
Chicago, Ill.
Unified Auditions
February 7, 2015 Westin Los Angeles Airport, 5400 W. Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, Calif.
Unified Auditions

Regional Auditions

A number of these regional auditions coincide with existing conferences and area auditions, and may require candidates to register through that host organization, you may not sign up online for an audition with us at any of these locations.

For one on-one audition requests, email Jim Crawford at

November 7-8, 2014 Gainesville, Fla. Florida Thespian Conference
November 9, 2014 Orlando, Fla. Dr. Phillips High School
November 10, 2014 St. Petersburg, Fla. Gibbs High School
November 20-21, 2014 North Texas Collin Theatre Center
November 23, 2014 Houston Texas High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
December 5-6, 2014 Denver, Colo. Colorado Thespians
January 10, 2015 Miami, Fla. Miami Dade North Campus

Prospective students who are unsure of whether to invest in traveling to an audition have the option of receiving a “pre-screening” assessment through Using this option, students upload a profile and videotape for review by Meadows Theatre faculty. Faculty then advises the student whether or not to take the next step to arrange for an in-person audition. This option carries a $25 fee, paid by the student to

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