On-Campus Auditions at the MFA Open House

The Theatre Arts Department will be hosting an MFA Open House on Friday, February 22, 2019. Prospective applicants to the program can audition in the morning and then enjoy the following on-campus activities:

  • A Master Acting Class with MFA Faculty Dr. Baron Kelly and Professor Rachel Carter
  • A tour of our performance spaces with Chair Kevin Gawley
  • Lunch with current students
  • An AATP Hosted Happy Hour
  • Attendance at A Piece of My Heart, followed by a talkback with the director, Professor Sidney Monroe, cast, and designers: 7:30-10 PM

Applicants unable to attend the February 22, 2019 Open House who are still interested in scheduling an on-campus audition with the MFA faculty should contact Dr. Janna Segal, Director of Graduate Studies, at

Off-Campus Auditions

Applicants can audition at SETC (Southeastern Theatre Conference) on March 1, 2019 in Knoxville, TN. Information about SETC graduate auditions can be found at:

Video Auditions

Applicants interested in submitting a video audition are asked to provide a YouTube or Vimeo link to an uploaded, unedited, no more than 5-minute video by no later than March 22, 2019. Please email your headshot, resume, transcript (official or unofficial), and personal statement (500-800 words, double-spaced) along with the video link to Dr. Janna Segal, Director of Graduate Studies, Skype interviews may be scheduled to follow video auditions as needed from 4 to 6 PM on the following dates: Friday, March 22; and Friday, March 29. Instructions for uploading a video and making it private are provided here:


If you would like your video to be private, follow these steps:

  1. Sign into YouTube.
  2. Click the upload icon at the top of the page.
  3. Select the video you would like to upload from your computer.
  4. Change the privacy setting from "Public" to "Unlisted". An unlisted video will not come up in search results or on your channel. Only those who know the link can view it.
  5. Then click "Publish" and "Done."
  6. Send the link of your video to Dr. Janna Segal, Director of Graduate Studies: .

Note: If your video is already uploaded, and you want to make it unlisted, go to "Creator Studio," click on the dropdown menu beside your video, click "Info & Settings," and then change your privacy settings.

  1. Sign into Vimeo.
  2. Click the upload button.
  3. To make it private, change the privacy setting to "Only people with a password" and enter a password.
  4. Select the video you would like to upload from your computer.
  5. Follow the prompts to publish your video.
  6. Send the link AND password of your video to Dr. Janna Segal, Director of Graduate Studies: .

Note: If your video is already uploaded, and you want to make it private, go to "Manage Videos" then "Settings," then "Privacy," then click "Only people with a password" and enter a password.

Expectations for On-Campus, Off-Campus, and Video Auditions

The mission of the UofL Theatre Arts Department is to create art in action: theatre that is engaged and inclusive, rigorous and enjoyable, thoughtful and transformative. Our MFA program produces work that challenges actors and audiences artistically, intellectually, and politically. Applicants to our program should:

  • Prepare two contrasting monologues, one classical (pre-1800) and one contemporary
  • Provide a current headshot and resume
  • Provide an official or unofficial copy of your undergraduate transcript (and graduate, if applicable)
  • Provide a personal statement (500-800 words, double-spaced)
  • Expect to perform a cold reading
  • Expect to provide a short response to a writing prompt
  • Expect that a brief interview with the theatre faculty will follow the audition

Applicant Expectations

A student admitted to the program will typically:

  • Have evidence of a Bachelor's Degree and 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA)
  • Audition on-campus, off-campus, or via video submission
  • Provide transcripts of all undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate work
  • Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) prior to the start of their first semester in the program
  • Submit two letters of recommendation
  • Submit a personal statement (500-800 words, double-spaced)

Applicants invited into the MFA in Performance program must also complete the standard admissions process for the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies at the University of Louisville. Admission requirements and online applications may be found at:

For all questions concerning the admissions process, please contact Jessica Key at or 502-852-5922.