The Meadows Division of Theatre is one of the most highly regarded training programs in the country.


Students select from the Acting track or the Theatre Studies track.


The Division of Theatre produces 8-10 main stage shows of new and classical works every year. Pictured: Artist-in-residence Will Power works with students.


Students can produce their own plays through the SMUST organization and may also apply for Meadows Exploration grants to help supplement production costs.


Admission is a two-part process. In order for a student to be considered for admission as a Theatre major, he or she must apply to the University and must also complete an audition either on campus or at one of the regional audition sites.

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

Auditions provide Theatre faculty the opportunity to evaluate a student’s artistic accomplishment, as well as potential for success in the program.

For a complete list of audition dates and information on how to request an audition, please scroll below.

First-year and transfer Theatre candidates should prepare two contrasting monologues from contemporary plays and 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.

Please be sure to indicate the significant amount of time engaged in theatrical pursuits (rehearsals, practicing, performances, festivals, etc.) on the Extracurricular Resume and Application which you submit to the Office of Admission as part of the application checklist.

Dallas auditions are offered on campus at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts in the Owen Arts Center. Auditions include an information session and tour of the Division of Theatre.

2013-14 Dallas Auditions

November 1, 2013
November 2, 2013
November 23, 2013
January 17, 2014
January 18, 2014
January 19, 2014
February 21, 2014
February 22, 2014
February 23, 2014

Note: We welcome all prospective students to observe theatre classes and attend our productions. Theatre classes are offered Monday through Friday. Contact a Meadows recruiter if you would like to arrange an overnight stay on campus or schedule a class visit, or need help with arranging transportation to SMU.

2013-14 Unified and Regional Auditions

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

January 12, 2014 Miami, Fla.    Miami Dade North Campus
January 25, 2014 New York City, N.Y.
Pearl Studios
500 8th Avenue
between 35th and 36th streets
Unified Auditions
February 3, 2014 Chicago, Ill.
Palmer House Hilton
17 E. Monroe St.

Unified Auditions
February 4, 2014 Chicago, Ill.
Palmer House Hilton
17 E. Monroe St.

Unified Auditions
February 5, 2014 Chicago, Ill.
Palmer House Hilton
17 E. Monroe St.

Unified Auditions
February 8, 2014 Los Angeles, Calif.
Westin Los Angeles Airport
5400 W. Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Unified Auditions

Additional 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 15, 2013  Gainesville, Fla.    Florida Thespian Conference
November 17, 2013 Orlando, Fla.      Dr. Phillips High School
November 18, 2013 St. Petersburg, Fla. Gibbs High School
November 21-22, 2013 North Texas Collin Theatre Center
November 24, 2013 Houston Texas High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
December 6-7, 2013 Denver, Colo.    Colorado Thespians

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B.F.A. in Theatre - Acting Specialization

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

Minor In Musical Theatre

Minor in the History of Visual and Performing Arts

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