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Undergraduate Admissions

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

Admission checklist for Theatre applicants

  1. Review 2018-19 Audition Dates

    Dallas Auditions

    November 10
    November 30-December 1
    January 25-26
    February 15-16

    Regional and Unified Auditions/ Theatre Conferences

    September 29: Panama – Academia Interamericana de Panama**
    October 12: Oakland, CA - Oakland School for the Arts**
    October 13: Seattle - Washington State Thespians
    October 18-20: Savannah, GA - Georgia Theatre Conference*
    October 19-20: Las Vegas (individual audition appointments are on Oct. 20)
    October 26-27: Gainesville, FL - Florida Theatre Conference*
    October 28: Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips High School**
    November 3: Glassboro, NJ – Mid-Atlantic Regional College Auditions*
    November 15: North Texas Drama Auditions*
    November 18: Greater Houston Area Auditions*
    November 19: Greater San Antonio Area Auditions*
    December 7-8: Denver, CO - Colorado Thespian Festival (individual audition appointments are on Dec. 8)
    December 8: Boston, MA
    December 11: Bronx, NY- Fordham High School for the Arts**
    January 13: Miami, FL
    January 14: New Orleans, LA
    January 19-20: New York Unified
    February 4-7: Chicago Unified
    February 9: Los Angeles Unified
    March 1-3: Knoxville: Southeastern Theatre Conference*

    *SMU Theatre will be present at this audition/conference, but students will need to complete another audition in order to be considered as a candidate for admission.

    **Audition is only open to students attending this high school. Contact your H.S. Theatre Director for details on how to register for this audition.

  2. Determine which application deadline is right for you: Click here for guidelines

    Which is right for me: Early Action, Regular Decision, or Early Decision?

    In general, we encourage students to apply when their application will be most competitive and to audition when they will be most prepared. Early Action, Regular Decision, and Early Decision applicants are considered equally for artistic scholarships, since we do not begin awarding artistic scholarships until mid-March.

    Early Action: Apply by November 1, audition by/on December 1. The benefit of applying Early Action is that a student will receive their audition results and their SMU admission decision by mid-December. If you apply Early Action, but do not complete your audition by/on December 1, your application to SMU will be deferred until Regular Decision. Early Action is not binding.

    Regular Decision: Apply by January 15, audition by/on February 16. Regular Decision is appropriate for students who plan to audition in January or February and/or those students whose applications will be more competitive with the inclusion of their first semester senior year grades. Regular Decision applicants typically receive their audition results about two weeks after the audition and their SMU admission decision by late March.

    Early Decision is a binding application whereby students commit to attend SMU if admitted: Be sure to review the Early Decision FAQ. Early Decision I: Apply by November 1, audition by/on December 1, receive audition results and SMU admission decision by mid-December. Early Decision II: Apply by January 15, audition by the end of January, receive audition results and SMU admission decision by early March.

    Information for Transfer students:

    Fall Transfer: Apply by April 1, audition during the posted audition dates.
    Note that the Division of Theatre does not accept transfer students for the spring semester: Transfer students may only begin their coursework in the fall semester.

    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. Plan ahead to optimize your possibility of earning a Transfer Scholarship, and check out the Transfer Equivalency Guides.

  3. Register online for your audition here

    Click here to go to our online audition scheduling page. Once there, use the calendar to select your desired audition date.

  4. Review the Test Optional Policy here and determine whether or not to submit test scores with your application

    Test Optional Policy for Dual Admit Applicants to SMU Meadows School of the Arts:
    An SAT or ACT score report is not required for admission consideration from applicants who are seeking admission to Dual Admit programs in the Meadows School of the Arts (Music, Theatre, Dance, Art, Film B.F.A.). Applicants should only submit an SAT or ACT score report for academic merit scholarship consideration: The recommended combined score to be considered for academic merit scholarships is 1330 on the SAT or 29 on the ACT.

    Note that students who do not submit test scores will be considered only for artistic scholarship and need-based aid; they will not be considered for scholarships based on academic merit.

    Students who do not submit test scores should list their Meadows major first on their application for admission. Students not admitted to Meadows via their portfolio or audition, but who still wish to be considered for admission to SMU, will be required to submit test scores at that time.

  5. Apply to SMU. Review the guidelines in #2 above

  6. Review how to prepare for your audition and what to expect during auditions here

    How to prepare for your audition: First-year and transfer Theatre candidates should prepare two contrasting monologues from contemporary plays and 16 bars of one song. (Please note that the song must be unaccompanied.) 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

  7. Register for the optional Pre-Audition Day: Click here for details

    We welcome all candidates to begin their visit to SMU on the Friday prior to theatre auditions, during the optional Pre-Audition Day, to become better acquainted with our facilities, students and faculty before their audition experience.

    Click here for the Pre-Audition Day Schedule

    Please RSVP here to let us know you’re planning to attend the Pre-Audition Day. If you wish to go to the SMU Admission Information Session at 2:15 p.m. and the Campus Tour at 2:45 p.m., please sign up through the SMU Daily Visit form. In order to maximize your involvement in Theatre on Pre-Audition Day, do not register for the 9:30 a.m. SMU Admission Information Session or the 10:00 a.m. Campus Tour.

  8. Review the Financial Aid process and submit the CSS Profile and the FAFSA, or, the Meadows Waiver Form as soon as possible

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B.F.A. in Theatre - Acting Specialization

B.F.A. in Theatre - Theatre Studies Specialization

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