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.
URTA offers a corporate sponsorship program promoting national employment
of actors, directors, and designers from local theatres to Broadway.
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.
WELCOME TO URTA
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!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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
Brackley Frayer, Director
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Michael Fry, Director
East 15 Acting School, London
Regina Garcia, Director
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Claudia Stephens, Director
Southern Methodist University
Scott L. Steele
Business & Communications Director
Development & Operations Director
URTA AUDITIONS & INTERVIEWS
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 producing/theatre management. Candidates have the opportunity to be seen, in one place (New York, Chicago, or San Francisco), by recruiters from among our 39 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.
University of Arizona
Arizona State University
California Institute of the Arts
University of California/Irvine
University of California/Los Angeles
California State University/Fullerton
California State University/Long Beach
University of Connecticut
University of Florida
Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory
University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
Illinois State University
Northern Illinois University
University of Iowa
Louisiana State University
University of Maryland
Michigan State University
Wayne State University
University of Minnesota
University of Missouri/Kansas City
University of Nevada/Las Vegas
University of Nebraska/Lincoln
University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill
University of Cincinnati/CCM
Kent State University
Ohio State University
Pennsylvania State University
University of South Carolina
University of Tennessee/Knoxville
Southern Methodist University
University of Texas/Austin
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin/Madison
East 15 Acting School/London