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URTA AUDITIONS & INTERVIEWS

“The URTAs” are an annual recruiting event held each year in multiple cities, bringing together prospective MFA candidates and faculty recruiters from dozens of top theatre programs.

ARTIST ENGAGEMENT SERVICES

URTA offers the only nonprofit paymaster service of its kind.
We set the stage for contracting union and non-union guest artists and crew at universities and for other producing clients.

AWARDS

URTA Awards support prospective students, promising graduates, and recognize achievement in training by instructors and institutions.

COOPERATIVE ADVERTISING

URTA puts advertising within reach for theatre training programs, by securing significant discounts on print and digital ads with leading theatre journals.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

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

JOB LISTINGS

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

SHOWCASE CALENDAR

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.

WELCOME TO URTA

Founded in 1969, the University Resident Theatre Association works to ensure the continued renewal of the American theatre by supporting excellence in the professional training of new artists.

URTA continues to develop programs and services that answer the needs of university theatres, training programs, and individual artists. Whether it’s articulating the highest standards for professional training, helping to match potential students with the MFA program best suited to their needs, facilitating engagement of professional artists at universities, or expanding the scope of our education and career outreach programs, URTA is setting the stage for emerging theatre artists, and professional advancement.

STATEMENT ON EQUITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION

As educators and artists focused on the discovery and fostering of new talent, and the creation of socially relevant art and new information in our respective areas and disciplines, we acknowledge and value the absolute necessity of applied efforts in equity, diversity, and inclusion in our classrooms, studios, theaters, and work spaces. We assert that these values are essential as an active practice on every level of recruitment, hiring, teaching, and production. As an organization focused on the stability, welfare and continuing development of its membership community, URTA seeks to serve as a hub for the sharing of experiences, actions, and best practices in these efforts amongst our constituency. If theatre serves as a mirror for humanity, an agent for social change, an inspiration towards greater good, it is clear that we as theatre makers and educators owe it to ourselves, our colleagues, our greater communities, and our current and future students to focus on these issues in an active and thoughtful way.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kristin Sosnowsky, President
Louisiana State University
Deanna Fitzgerald, Vice President
University of Arizona
Michael Bradford, Treasurer
University of Connecticut
Holly Poe Durbin, Immediate Past President
University of California, Irvine
Mary Beth Easley, Director
University of Iowa
Colleen Kelly, Director
University of Virginia
Kip Marsh, Director
Brooklyn College
Kevin McClatchy, Director
The Ohio State University
Milagros Ponce de León, Director
Pennsylvania State University
Robin Sneller, Director
East 15 Acting School, London

STAFF

Tony Hagopian
Executive Director

Sara Ross
Director – Education Programs

Terry LaCasse
Accounts Manager

Abel Marquez
Project Manager

Samantha Omari-Cendejas
Program Associate – Education

Emily Ross
Staff Associate

URTA AUDITIONS & INTERVIEWS

“The URTAs” have been our flagship program for more than 50 years. Every year, 1,200 MFA candidates from all theatre disciplines–acting, arts leadership, design and technology, directing, and stage management–take part in this recruiting event where they have the opportunity to meet with faculty recruiters from among our 46 member universities and other top theatre programs, all in one place. The URTAs are the most accessible way to pursue professional theatre training, for all potential candidates.

Training programs find the URTAs to be an unparalleled resource for recruiting the most promising graduate students to their schools, and candidates avoid the expense and anxiety of arranging dozens of separate interviews, travelling to numerous campuses, and navigating applications for countless institutions. It can also be a unique way for candidates to discover programs they may have not otherwise been familiar with, but which may be their perfect fit.

The URTA Auditions & Interviews include a wealth of other programming, including the Guest Auditions (with non-member institutions), Undergrad Preview, and a full slate of continuing education sessions.

Candidate Awards provide free registration to certain eligible candidates, including those in the areas of sound design and arts leadership.

URTA MEMBERSHIP

Our members are the backbone that allow us to pursue our mission in an impactful way, and elevate the professional field. URTA members are committed to professional standards in theatrical production and training, a fair and honest recruiting process, and the principles of integrity and respect.

URTA members retain accomplished faculty who continue to work professionally, and 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. Their students are provided exposure to professional practice, either through a partnership with a resident theatre, regular engagement of guest artists, or other means.

Most of our members offer financial assistance in the form of paid assistantships, tuition remission, scholarships, stipends, or a combination thereof.

LATEST NEWS

“Cultivating Conservatories of Inclusion” – Session to discuss training program for students and faculty from all backgrounds

The first in-person URTA Convening Day will take place during the URTA Auditions & Interviews (the “URTAs”) at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Saturday January 28, 2023. The primary event will be the plenary discussion “Cultivating Conservatories of Inclusion”. Guest speakers will include Natalie Sowell, Director of the School of Theatre at UNC Greensboro;

URTA Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Training – 2022

URTA is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Training. The awards recognize outstanding work of undergraduate instructors, coaches, mentors, as well as institutions, for excellence in the training and preparation of undergraduate theatre artists. This year’s award recipients are: Individuals Acting – Dr. Baron Kelly, University of Wisconsin-Madison

URTA Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Training announced for 2021

URTA is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Training. The awards recognize outstanding work of undergraduate instructors, coaches, mentors, as well as institutions, for excellence in the training and preparation of undergraduate theatre artists. This year’s award recipients are: Individuals Acting – Assistant Professor Amelia McClain, University of

2020 Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Training

URTA is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Training. The awards recognize outstanding work of undergraduate instructors, coaches, and mentors, as well as institutions, for excellence in the training and preparation of undergraduate theatre artists. This year’s award recipients are: Individuals Acting – Dr. Eve Graves, Clark Atlanta

URTA Auditions & Interviews move online for 2021

“Live-Virtual” URTAs will take place in January 2021 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 10 days of acting auditions, 4 days of design & technology interviews, and 3 days of

Theater Companies Town Hall hosted by URTA

URTA hosted a Town Hall for theater companies across the nation, to gather and discuss the challenges of Covid-19. Many theaters associated with universities, as well as other nonprofit and independent companies had much to share about their experiences, plans for the fall and working into 2021, as well as some interesting and innovative approaches

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