Working from home? Switch to the DIGITAL edition of Stage Directions. CLICK HERE to signup now!
Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in posts
Search in pages

The URTA Auditions & Interviews Move Online; Will Take Place January 2021

Stage Directions • Industry NewsTheatre Buzz • September 24, 2020

URTA is excited to announce that the annual URTA Auditions & Interviews will be going online in 2021 for a “live-virtual” URTAs. The event will take place from January 9 – 31, including 4 days of design & technology interviews, 3 days of interviews in arts leadership, directing, and stage management, and 14 days of acting auditions. Events will take place live, but there will be non-live options for student candidates who are unable to take part in a live process.

As ever, students will have the opportunity to share their work with all schools taking part in the auditions and interviews, without the need to coordinate multiple applications, fees, and appointments. Nearly all of URTA’s 46 member universities have already confirmed their participation, and many non-member schools are expected to take part in the Satellite Auditions, which will also continue in the live online format.

“We’re so happy that we’ll be able to maintain the live nature of our Auditions & Interviews; a key component of the whole process. And we’re looking forward to opening up the opportunity to more student candidates than ever before,” said URTA executive director, Tony Hagopian.

For more than 50 years, the URTA recruiting process has represented the most accessible way for theatre students from across the country to find the training they need to enter the professional theatre and entertainment fields. 2021’s live-virtual event will continue to drive that mission.

Application Deadlines

  • (All Disciplines) Application opens on Acceptd: September 14, 2020
  • (All Disciplines) Early-Bird Pricing ends: November 29, 2020 (11:59 PM, Eastern)
  • (Directing, Stage Management & Arts Leadership): Application closes on Acceptd: December 11, 2020 (11:59 PM, Eastern)
  • (Acting & Design/Tech) Application closes on Acceptd: January 4, 2021 (11:59 PM, Eastern)

Note: given the live-virtual format, there will be no “walk-in” applicants accepted on the day of the events.

Registration Pricing

Price ranges listed below are inclusive of all fees. Ranges are dependent on registration disciplines, Acceptd fees, and Processing fees.

  •  2021 Live-Virtual URTA Auditions and Interviews:
  • Early-Bird Registration: starting at $81 *Best Value! Register by Nov. 29
  • Full-Price Registration: starting at $96 *Full-Price begins Nov. 30
  • Satellite Auditions (2nd day of acting auditions): $30 *Optional add-on

Candidate registration is open now:

Further information from The University Resident Theatre Association (URTA):


The Latest News and Gear in Your Inbox - Sign Up Today!