Program Entrance Requirements

Prospective undergraduate students have seven different options to choose from within the department of Theatre and Dance. Each option is designed to train, educate and prepare well-rounded theatre and dance artists for a variety of careers in the performing arts.  

Option Choices and Related Entrance Requirements

The Acting & Directing option was created for students with an intense interest in acting and/or directing. The option was designed to help develop all aspects of the actor and the director as both an interpretive and creative artist. Students in the Acting & Directing option are expected to strive for excellence in all areas of the art and craft of acting through highly challenging coursework, performance-based projects, productions and special workshops with guest artists and instructors.

Entrance requirements

The UNH Theatre & Dance Department participates in the Common Prescreen for the 2020-2021 cycle.
While UNH Theatre & Dance does not require a Prescreen submission as part of the application process, UNH Theatre & Dance uses the following criteria for digital audition submissions:

OVERALL
Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.

SLATE
There should not be a separate “slate” video. Instead, slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece. The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the song title, and show in which it appears. The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.

MONOLOGUES

  • Monologues must be from a published play.
  • Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.
  • Each monologue file should be 60-90 seconds in length (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to. Please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)

-OPTION B from the Common Prescreen Guidelines

  • Two 60-90 second contrasting monologues
  • One contemporary (written after 1900).  Contemporary monologues should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.
  • One classical (written pre-1900).  Classical monologues should be filmed in a “full body” shot which means the top of the head to the feet on the floor should be visible in the frame. Only perform Shakespeare if you feel comfortable doing so.

WILD CARD

  • Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.
  • This media can be ANYTHING you want: a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument that you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?”.

Attend one of the two-hour live audition sessions. These sessions will include:

  1. A meet and greet with several performance faculty.
  2. A series of exercises focused on acting (designed to be effective on Zoom)
  3. A series of exercises focused on voice and movement.
  4. A Q&A time with Acting & Directing faculty about the program.

Audition dates 

November 7, 2020 (click for registration and video submission)
February 6, 2021 (click to registration and video submission)
February 27, 2021 (click to registration and video submission)

The dance option offers a diverse program that is designed to give the dance teacher, choreographer, and/or performer the skills needed to embark on a successful career. Technique courses in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and the aerial arts are at the core of this program. Courses in history of dance, composition, choreography and dance pedagogy aid dancers in preparing for a variety of employment opportunities in the dance field. In addition, dancers are introduced to the technical aspects involved in staging a full-scale performance. Performance opportunities include yearly faculty-directed dance concerts and student-created dance showcases each semester. Dancers may focus on one or all dance forms. Students may choose to combine the Dance option with requirements of the UNH Department of Education, in conjunction with a fifth year Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) or Master of Education (M.Ed.) program. This path will prepare students for dance teaching certification or elementary school teaching certification with an undergraduate specialization in dance. They also have the option of pursuing dance education leading to K-12 dance teacher certification.

Entrance requirements

All prospective students wishing to pursue a B.A. in theatre with a Dance Option must audition for entrance into the program. This audition will apply to all new students, external transfers, internal transfers and current theatre and dance students who wish to change to the Dance Option program. Dance Option auditions are by appointment only.

Auditions for incoming freshmen and transfer students 2020-2021 will follow these guidelines:

  • Due to full technique classes, we will not have room to have students audition in our classes if we keep to our guidelines for social distancing fall semester.
  • Fall semester dancers wishing to audition for the UNH Dance program will submit a video, headshot and resume.  The dance faculty will review and place the dancers in appropriate levels. 
  • Spring semester dancers wishing to audition and those that have already submitted video will be invited to take (depending on available room in the class)  or observe class at UNH so we can meet them and interview them in person. We will also Zoom meet with them spring semester so they can interview us and meet the dance faculty and student winners of the Mattox Dance Scholarship.

Submit a single recorded video with the following:

  • Jazz and or Tap: 12 bars or 6 counts of 8 in a stylized genre of your choice (jazz, contemporary, or tap).
  • Ballet: Ballet Combinations: Adagio, Pirouettes, and Petite Allegro (Pointe combination optional).
  • Short clip of solo or group performance if you have one.

Audition dates

Dance Option auditions are by appointment only (click here for registration and video submission)

The Design & Theatre Technology option prepares students for both practical and aesthetic work in the theatre through classwork, production assignments and everyday problem solving. UNH's theatre technicians and designers are in demand throughout the country, utilizing transferable skills not only in the theatre but in the allied arts and beyond. UNH-trained graduates hold careers across the nation as scenic, costume and lighting designers, and technical directors, stage managers, property masters, scenic artists, master electricians and stage technicians.

Entrance requirements

All prospective students wishing to pursue the Design & Theatre Technology option are strongly encouraged to interview before entrance into the option. This interview process will apply to all new students, external transfers and internal transfers. Any alternative interview arrangement will be the exception and must first be approved by the department chairperson.

No material is required for the interview, however, applicants who do have portfolio materials are encouraged to bring them to the interview.

Interview dates

Design & Theatre Technology Option suggested interviews are by appointment only (click to register)

The Musical Theatre option is designed to cultivate and nurture the creative artistry of those highly motivated and disciplined students who seek to develop their combined talents as singers, actors and dancers. Students in the Musical Theatre option will thrive in this intense and dynamic training program of demanding coursework, performance-based projects, faculty and student directed productions, and special workshops with guest artists and instructors. Students are expected to fully integrate their rigorous training as singers, actors and dancers with the outstanding liberal arts education they will receive at UNH to become well-rounded and marketable musical theatre artists. 

Entrance requirements

The UNH Theatre & Dance Department participates in the Musical Theatre Prescreen for the 2020-2021 cycle.
While UNH Theatre & Dance does not require a Prescreen submission as part of the application process, UNH Theatre & Dance uses the following criteria for digital audition submissions:

OVERALL
Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.

SLATE
There should not be a separate “slate” video. Instead, slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece. The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the song title, and show in which it appears. The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.

SONGS
Students should prepare two contrasting pieces:

  • One song should be a ballad and one song should be uptempo.
  • Each song file should be 60-90 seconds (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to.  Please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds.)
  • Students must sing to live or recorded accompaniment.  No "a cappella" singing.
  • Songs should be filmed in a 3/4 shot which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame. 

-OPTION A from the Musical Theatre Common Prescreen Guidelines

  • One song should be written prior to 1970.  This song can be either the uptempo number or the ballad (student's choice)
  • One song should be written after 1970 and contrast the style of the first.

MONOLOGUES

  • Monologues must be from a published play.
  • Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movives.
  • Each monologue file should be 60-90 seconds in length (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to.  Please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds.)

-OPTION B from the Musical Theatre Common Prescreen Guidelines

  • Two 60-90 second contrasting monologues.
  • One contemporary (written after 1900).  Contemporary monologues should be filmed in a "close-up" shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.
  • One classical (written pre-1900).  Classical monologes should be filmed in a "full body" shot which means the top of the head to the feet on the floor should be visible in the frame.  Only perform Shakespeare if you feel comfortable doing so.

DANCE

  • All dance media should be filmed in a "full body" shot taking care to keep the student's entire body in the frame at all times.
  • Applicants do not need to slate in any dance media.
  • Regardless of which style of dance you execute, the choreography and the movement should be story-driven and connected to the music where the applicant is dancing with a sense of purpose.
  • HELPFUL HINT: Applicants are encouraged to keep a full-length mirror behind the filming device so as to see themselves as threy execute choreography.

-DANCE OPTION

  • 30-60 seconds of dance in whatever dance discipline you are most comfortable with: jazz, ballet, modern, African, hip hop, lyrical, or contemporary. 
  • No barre work.  A ballet solo is acceptable.
  • No tap.  For applicants that tap, consider showcasing that skill as part of your wild card submission.
  • Please use steps, movement, and physical vocabulary that you are familiar with and can execute well. 
  • Dance media can be self-choreographed but must be a solo video of you. This can include a show, competition, or other performance so long as you are clearly featured on your own.
  • All choreography must be performed to music.  No “a cappella” dance media please.

BALLET OPTION (OPTIONAL)

  • Ballet Media should be no more than 30 seconds.
  • Execute a brief series of plié, tendu and grande battement; and also pirouette en déhors (to both sides), and grand jeté across the floor.

WILD CARD

  • Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds.
  • This media can be ANYTHING you want: a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument that you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?”.

Attend one of the two-hour live audition sessions. These sessions will include:

  1. A meet and greet with several performance faculty.
  2. A series of exercises focused on acting (designed to be effective on Zoom)
  3. A series of exercises focused on voice and movement.
  4. A Q&A time with Acting & Directing faculty about the program.

Audition dates 

November 7, 2020 (click for registration and video submission)
February 6, 2021 (click to registration and video submission)
February 27, 2021 (click to registration and video submission)

For candidates who want to teach drama courses and/or direct high school productions, the Secondary Theatre Education option offers practical and theoretical training for teachers. Through laboratory work, students obtain hands-on theatre teaching experience, so that by the time they reach their graduate school internship, they have spent significant hours in the classroom working with children. Students are provided with extensive training and practical teaching experience specifically geared towards the goal of being a theatre teacher. Students will be expected to fully integrate education and theatre coursework so that they leave UNH prepared for the rigorous task of teaching at the secondary level.

Entrance requirements

All prospective students wishing to pursue the Theatre Education options, which include both youth drama and secondary theatre education, are strongly encouraged to interview before entrance into the option. This interview process will apply to all new students, external transfers and internal transfers. Any alternative interview arrangement will be the exception and must first be approved by the department chairperson.

No material is required for the interview; however, applicants who have supporting materials connected with working with youth are encouraged to bring them to the interview. Such materials could include a list of teaching experience or teaching resume, sample lesson plans or other supplemental teaching materials.

Interview dates

Secondary Theatre Education Option suggested interviews are by appointment only (click to register)

The Youth Drama option is for those students who wish to use the dramatic arts as a teaching tool, either in the elementary classroom or as a teaching artist. Our comprehensive curriculum is specifically designed to train teachers. Through laboratory work, students obtain hands-on teaching experience, so that by the time they reach their graduate school internship, they have spent significant hours in the classroom working with children. Students will be expected to fully integrate education and theatre coursework so that they leave UNH with sound theoretical training in addition to practical instruction on how to use drama to enhance learning outcomes, address classroom discipline issues, and, of course, bring the arts to life in the classroom.

Entrance requirements

All prospective students wishing to pursue the Theatre Education options, which include both youth drama and secondary theatre education, are strongly encouraged to interview before entrance into the option. This interview process will apply to all new students, external transfers and internal transfers. Any alternative interview arrangement will be the exception and must first be approved by the department chairperson.

No material is required for the interview; however, applicants who have supporting materials connected with working with youth are encouraged to bring them to the interview. Such materials could include a list of teaching experience or teaching resume, sample lesson plans or other supplemental teaching materials.

Interview dates

Youth Drama Option suggested interviews are by appointment only (click to register)

The Comprehensive Theatre major is for students who are interested in acting or dancing but don't want to miss out on more technical courses, or for those who want to hone their presentation and communication skills before heading off to graduate school. The Comprehensive Theatre major prepares students with excellent skills for a variety of career opportunities.

Entrance requirements

Students wishing to pursue a B.A. in theatre as a Comprehensive Theatre major are strongly encouraged to have a meeting and interview with a member of the department faculty. We will interview all new students, external transfers and internal transfers. Comprehensive Theatre majors are allowed to declare a theatre major upon acceptance to the university, but must complete their interview before the start of classes. Interviewing during one of the scheduled audition/interview dates is recommended. If this is not possible, interview sessions are also scheduled during the first-year/transfer student orientation period two days prior to the start of the fall semester.

Interview dates

No interview required for Comprehensive Theatre

Please note that entrance into the UNH Department of Theatre and Dance options is contingent upon acceptance into the University of New Hampshire.

Questions? Contact Jamie Clavet at jamie.clavet@unh.edu or (603) 862-2150.