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.
2015-16 Theatre Audition Dates
Note: 2015-16 Online Audition Registration will go live on August 1, 2015.
On-Campus Auditions in Dallas
November 13-14: Gainesville, FL (individual audition appointments are on Nov. 14 only)
November 15: Orlando, FL
November 16: St. Pete, FL
November 19-20: North Texas*
November 22: Houston, TX
December 4-5: Colorado Thespians (individual audition appointments are on Dec. 5 only)
January 10: Miami, FL
January 11: New Orleans, LA
January 23: New York Unified
February 8-10: Chicago Unified
February 13: Los Angeles Unified
*SMU Theatre will be present at the North Texas auditions, but students will need to complete another audition (on campus or at the Unifieds) in order to be considered as a candidate for admission.
Observing Theatre Classes/ Touring Campus during your audition visit:
All students auditioning on SMU’s campus are encouraged to attend Theatre classes and to go on a SMU Campus Tour on the Friday of their audition weekend. You can view the schedule of open theatre classes here.
There is no need to RSVP to attend classes; however, if you wish to go on the SMU Campus Tour and have a complimentary lunch in our dining facilities, please register for the 11:45 am Lunch and 2:45 pm Campus Tour through the SMU Daily Visit form at smu.edu/visit.