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.
Click here to read an important note to those applying to SMU using Early Action/Early Decision 1 (November 1 deadline) and are pursuing degrees in Music, Dance, Theatre, Studio Art or the B.F.A. in Film & Media Arts.
If you apply to SMU by Nov. 1 but do not complete your audition/submit your portfolio until January or February, there is a strong possibility that your SMU admission decision will be deferred until your Meadows audition or portfolio results are available. This is because, as part of the holistic application review process, the SMU Office of Undergraduate Admission would like the opportunity to consider both your academic application as well as your audition/portfolio results before delivering an admission decision.
If you apply using Early Action/Early Decision I and receive a "deferred" letter, you will receive a followup decision letter after the SMU Office of Undergraduate Admission has reviewed the results of your audition or portfolio.
2016-17 Theatre Audition Dates
To register for your audition, click here to go to our online audition scheduling page. Once there, use the calendar to select your desired audition date. Our 2016-17 online audition registration system will go live on August 1.
On-Campus Auditions in Dallas
November 4-5: Gainesville, FL (individual audition appointments are on Nov. 5 only)
November 6: Orlando, FL
November 17-18: North Texas*
November 20: Houston, TX
December 2-3: Colorado Thespians (individual audition appointments are on Dec. 5 only)
January 15: Miami, FL
January 16: New Orleans, LA
January 21: New York Unified
February 6-8: Chicago Unified
February 11: 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.