Department of Theatre Arts and Dance

Admission & Auditions

Specific Admission Criteria For Incoming Freshmen:

Interested students must submit a BFA application and schedule an audition/interview after completing the recommended coursework for Theatre Arts near the end of their freshman year. In the first year the requirements for the BA/BS and the BFA are the same. The CPVA Academic Advisor will help schedule classes that will prepare you to audition/interview for the BFA program.

Auditions for Theatre and Production Portfolio Scholarships are on Saturday, February  28, 2015.  Auditions for Dance Placement and Scholarships will be held on two days. You may choose Saturday, January 31 or February 21, 2015.  A student must be admitted to SUU to be considered for a department scholarship. Please click on Scholarship Auditions and Audition Tips at the top of the page for further information. If a student cannot come on the scheduled audition day, arrangements can be made for an alternate day by calling the Theatre and Dance office at 435-586-7746 or marchantj@suu.edu.

If you are interested in becoming a Theatre Arts or Dance major, you must first apply and be accepted to Southern Utah University. Applications for admission to SUU are available through the Admissions Office. The Theatre Department does not have requirements to be admitted, however the Dance Program has special admission requirements which are explained below.

Special Audition Requirements for Admission to the Dance Program

Dance Audition Info 2015

The Dance department is committed to your success and therefore, admits students who are qualified to complete programs of study. To qualify for major level technique classes, students must complete a Dance Audition and Scholarship Form. Transfer students who have completed an Associates Degree, must place at an intermediate technique level or above in order to complete their Bachelor Degree within a minimum two-year timeline. The Scholarship/Class Placement Audition dates for 2014-2015 are January 31 or February 21, 2015 (you can choose the one most convenient for you). All applicants must attend the ballet group class at 10:00 am followed by the modern dance group class. The solo/interview portion will begin at noon. Registration and warm-ups begin at 9 am in the Multipurpose Center. Auditions are held in MC 116.

Please mail the application with a current photo to
SUU - Theatre Arts & Dance Scholarship
South Hall #201   351 W University Blvd.  
Cedar City, UT  84720

The audition dates fall on a Saturday and include a four-hour review process with the entire faculty who evaluate each potential student. The evaluation includes:

  • two group technique classes (ballet and modern dance)
  • a one-minute solo (choreographed by the student applicant)
  • an interview with the dance faculty

If you live outside the state or region, or are unable to attend the scheduled dates, you may contact the department for options that follow criteria established by the dance program. No student may register for major level courses without a placement audition.

Students seeking teaching licensure, in addition to the placement requirements, must 1) submit an application and be approved by the dance faculty, 2) choose a teaching minor, 3) be admitted to the Teacher Education Program.

Please contact Jacque at 435-586-7746 or marchantj@suu.edu if you have questions.

You will also need to register as a Theatre Arts or Dance major with Stephen Wagner, the Academic Advisor for the College of Performing & Visual Arts. Mr. Wagner serves as the General Education Advisor for all students in the College of Performing and Visual Arts. Once you have registered as a major you will be assigned a Departmental Advisor as well. Students meet with both advisors at least once a semester to track and plan individual student's progress.

Stephen Wagner
College of Performing and Visual Arts
351 W. University Blvd.
Cedar City, Utah 84720
435.586.7814
stephenwagner@suu.edu