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

All prospective students wishing to pursue a B.A. in theatre with an option in Acting & Directing must audition for entrance into this program. Students must demonstrate a base level of ability and the potential for growth as an actor. This audition process will apply to all new students, external transfers, internal transfers and current Theatre and Dance students who wish to change to one of these performance-based option areas. Any alternative audition arrangement will be the exception and must first be approved by the head of acting/directing.

The audition for this program will consist of performing two contrasting monologues of one to two minutes each and participation in a 30 to 40 minute class. The class will be very active and will engage your body and voice in various exercises.

Your two monologues should be fully memorized and well-rehearsed. One monologue should be more serious in nature, and the other more comic. It is best to choose monologues from roles you could conceivably play. (That is to say, playing a character wildly out of your age range, for example, is not recommended).

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that allow you to move freely and that you will not be concerned about if an exercise requires you to work on the floor.

Audition dates

for inquiry about auditions, please email jamie.clavet@unh.edu

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.

The audition will include participation in a ballet class as well as a jazz class. Pointe is not required. Pointe shoes may be worn. The dance audition will be a conducted during a day on campus with the prospective student participating in classes on campus. The audition schedule also includes lunch on campus.

The dancers should wear form-fitting dance clothes, such as leotards and tights, and the proper shoes.

Audition dates

Dance Option auditions are by appointment only (click to register)

*Other dates may be available. Contact Jamie Clavet to schedule your appointment after filling out the form.

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

All prospective students wishing to pursue the B.A. in theatre with an option in Musical Theatre must audition for entrance into this competitive program. Students must demonstrate a base level of ability and the potential for growth as a performance-based musical theatre artist. This audition process will apply to all new students, external transfers, internal transfers, and current UNH Theatre and Dance students who wish to change to one of these performance-based option areas.

The audition for this program consists of performing a one-minute contemporary monologue, and two contrasting solo song selections (one up-tempo and one ballad) of approximately one minute each. Women must sing in both their head voice and chest voice. The entire audition package should not exceed three minutes, total (after your slate), and both songs must be from the established musical theatre repertoire. All audition material must be fully memorized, and songs should be well rehearsed with a pianist. Auditioners will also participate in a brief acting class, dance class, and group voice class. Any alternative audition arrangement will be the exception, and must first be approved by the department chairperson and the director of Musical Theatre.

Auditioners should bring professionally presented sheet music in the correct key, and a current headshot and theatrical resume. A piano accompanist will be provided. Wear comfortable audition clothes and shoes that allow you to move freely, and bring appropriate dance attire and footwear to change into.

Audition dates

for inquiry about auditions, please email jamie.clavet@unh.edu

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 General 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 General 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 General 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. General 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 General Theatre

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

On the day of your visit you will be on campus for approximately two and a half  (2.5) hours. That time will be spent on your interview or audition. You will meet the faculty and staff and have an opportunity to ask questions during a comprehensive department overview.

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

*Prospective students who live more than 250 miles away may contact Jamie Clavet to discuss other audition options.

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