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The URTAs are held each winter in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco, with hundreds of MFA candidates participating from around the world.


URTA offers the only non-profit contracting and paymaster service of its kind.
We set the stage for hiring union guest artists at universities and other theatres.


Colleges, universities, and other training programs can advertise
in the country’s leading theatre journals at considerable savings through URTA.


Led by distinguished faculty and professionals, URTA conducts workshops and
panels covering all areas of theatre throughout the year, at events nationwide.


A comprehensive retirement plan designed to empower arts professionals to attain financial security by bringing together industry leading advisors and investment managers.


Let URTA introduce you to thousands of students, faculty, and professionals in all areas of the theatre industry, while you help support URTA’s mission. It’s a win-win.


Academic job postings from URTA member and non-member universities.


An all-in-one place listing of graduate showcases in acting and design. List dates and information for your training program’s showcase, free of charge.


The University Resident Theatre Association was founded in 1969 with the mission of supporting excellence in professional training of theatre artists, ensuring the continued renewal of the American theatre.

Since that time, URTA has grown to include many programs and services, all working toward that same goal. Whether it’s maintaining the highest quality standards for our member universities, helping to match potential students with the MFA program best suited to their needs, facilitating engagement of professional artists at universities, or expanding our offering of continuing education programming to students, faculty and professional artists, URTA is setting the stage for emerging theatre artists, superior theatre training, and professional advancement!


Brant Pope, President
University of Texas at Austin
Holly Poe Durbin, Vice President
University of California, Irvine
Jacob Pinholster, Treasurer
Arizona State University
Cal MacLean, Immediate Past President
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Steve Broadnax, Director
Penn State University
Marissa Chibas, Director
Cal Arts
Brackley Frayer, Director
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Regina Garcia, Director
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Colleen Kelly, Director
University of Virginia
Kristin Sosnowsky, Director
Louisiana State University


Scott L. Steele
Executive Director
Tony Hagopian
Business & Communications Director
Christy Hamilton
Development & Operations Director
Sara Ross
Education Manager
Olivia Vessel
Management Associate


Each year, the URTA Auditions and Interviews bring together faculty from dozens of top training programs and hundreds of prospective MFA candidates in all areas of theatre including acting, design and technology, directing, stage management and arts leadership. Candidates have the opportunity to be seen, in one place (New York, Chicago, or San Francisco), by recruiters from among our 40 member universities, as well as other prominent institutions. Our Satellite Auditions program affords acting candidates the chance to meet additional, non-member training programs, including many international schools.

Schools benefit by seeing hundreds of the top theatre candidates in the country over just a few days, and candidates avoid the expense and inefficiency of arranging dozens of separate interviews, travelling to different campuses, and navigating applications for countless institutions.

The URTAs are also open to producing companies looking to offer candidates professional summer employment or apprenticeships.

URTA also supports philanthropic endeavors related to the Auditions and Interviews, including our Sneak Peek program which gives current undergraduates a firsthand look at the graduate recruitment process, helping them to better prepare for their future. Our Candidate Awards promote underserved areas of theatre training such as sound design and producing/theatre management, by allowing candidates in those areas to attend the interviews and continuing education events for free.


Membership in URTA is a distinction, affirming that a program meets the highest standards in theatre training. Student admission to these programs is competitive and highly selective. Our member universities retain accomplished faculty who continue to work professionally, bringing the latest practices to bear in the training of their students. Members are required to provide quality facilities and the other essential resources and technology needed to allow graduate students the ability to reach the full potential of their training.

Many of our members offer financial assistance in the form of paid assistantships, tuition remission, scholarships, stipends, or other aid.

Most of our member programs maintain a partnership with a professional theatre, where students have the opportunity to experience professional practice and work alongside professional guest artists.