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Submit graduate Application to Meadows School of the Arts
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- Acting: Interview-Audition
In addition to the formal application, consideration for graduate study in acting includes an audition and interview. The acting faculty will consider candidates every other year for admission during the fall term of even numbered years only. Our next round of auditions will take place October 2021 - February 2022 for consideration into the Fall 2022 term of entry. Auditions are held regionally at the National U/RTA Auditions, but candidates also have the option to complete their audition early on-campus in Dallas. The standard audition is in three parts: a two-minute monologue from a contemporary play, two contrasting minutes from a classical play and 16 bars of a song, a cappella or with your own music. Registration instructions are listed just below with the available audition dates and cities.
Interested candidates should register to attend the 2021 National U/RTA Auditions* in:
- New York: TBA Summer 2021
- Chicago: TBA Summer 2021
- San Francisco: TBA Summer 2021
*Candidates attending the 2022 National U/RTA for auditions should indicate confirmed audition date on their application where prompted. Individual appointments will be scheduled following the group auditions at the national U/RTA finals.
Additionally, candidates may audition in Dallas at our on-campus audition on:
To register for an on-campus audition, please submit your graduate Application to Meadows School of the Arts and follow the link provided in the checklist.
- Design: Interview
The Division of Theatre observes a highly selective admissions policy in its graduate programs. Four students are admitted to the stage design program every year. Eight students are admitted to the acting program every other year. Prospective students in all areas are strongly encouraged to visit the campus to gain a keener appreciation of our training, the environment and the University.
Stage Design Interview-Portfolio Review: The design faculty interviews applicants for graduate study in scenery, costume and lighting design. Applicants can choose to interview in Dallas, at the University/Resident Theatre Association's three venues or at a number of our own national sites. Appointments for on-campus interviews can be made by contacting the Division of Theatre.
Please read carefully before beginning your application:
Deadline and Application Fee
To assure full consideration for the fall term, application should be completed online and ALL supporting materials pertaining to the application for admission should be delivered to the Meadows Graduate Office BEFORE February 15th. Materials received from applicants who do not enroll will be retained by the Meadows Graduate Office for one year. All documents become the property of Southern Methodist University and cannot be returned. The $75.00 non-refundable application fee is waived for MFA in Theatre applicants at the time of application.
Request in writing one official transcript from the Registrar of each college or university previously attended, including summer terms. These may be sent directly to Graduate Application Processing, PO BOX 518, Dallas, TX 75275-0518 or to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not opened sealed envelopes if the transcripts are sent to you, instead, mail them to Graduate Application Processing. A supplementary transcript covering work in progress at the time of the application must be furnished upon completion of that work. International transcripts that are not in English must be accompanied by official translations and evaluations.
Three letters of recommendation are required. Letters of recommendation should be requested from professors who know the personal and academic qualifications of the applicant. When completing an online application applicants will have the opportunity to arrange for letters to be delivered electronically to the references listed. Applicants will need a valid email address for each reference and upon submission, notification will be emailed to them directly with instructions on submitting a web-recommendation form on behalf of the applicant. We will also accept drafted letters by mail or email sent to Graduate Application Processing.
Scholarships and graduate assistantships for qualified, admitted students are available from the graduate division. Candidates for graduate awards are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is not required from international students on the F-1 visa. For additional information, contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, Meadows School of the Arts, PO Box 750356, Dallas, Texas 75275-0356 (telephone 214.768.3314).
We welcome international applicants at SMU and into the Meadows School of the Arts! Our campus has a significant international graduate student body and we believe that international students provide diverse perspectives and backgrounds that are invaluable in graduate educations. Click here to review a list of additional requirements, extended information, and list of resources for International Applicants.
Submission and Contact Information
All materials regarding the application should be directed to the following:
Graduate Application Processing
PO BOX 518
Dallas, TX 75275-0518
You may also email application-related documents to email@example.com.
Questions regarding the application, audition or admission process may be directed to:
Joe S. Hoselton