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Application Information for Actors


Here is the the information that you need to send to us. Print this page out or take good notes. After you finish determining what you need to send to us, you should click here to move on to step three - applying to the University of California.

Materials that must be uploaded by January 6, 2016 include:

  • Official transcripts or official copies of academic records from all post-secondary institutions attended or upload transcripts.
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation (Waiver of Access to Letters of Recommendation and Letter of Recommendation Form. Preference is for online letters of recommendation. For the online letter of recommendation process, you must provide the email address of each recommender.
  • Statement of purpose, on-line or form.
  • 8X10 headshot with a resume on the reverse side.

You may upload your information at the following website:

Materials that must be sent via regular mail by January 6, 2016 include:

  • 8X10 headshot with a resume on the reverse side.
      ***You must send a hard copy of your headshot via regular mail in addition to uploading it.***

The hard copy of your headshot MUST be sent to the following address:

UCSD Theatre and Dance
MC 0344
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0344

All applicants in the acting area must audition. These auditions take place in late January and early February in three cities across the country: New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Please go to the following link to schedule your audition city and date:

Foreign/International Students

International students have attended our program in the past. However, as we are an American institution training actors for the American theatre, all applicants need to speak fluent English.

Again, here is information regarding auditioning for our program:

UCSD Audition Tour Dates
January - February 2016

New York, at Ripley-Grier Studios
520 8th Ave FL16
New York, NY 10018
January 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 2016
>>Click here for directions<<

Chicago, at the Hyatt Regency
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
Actor Auditions February 9 and 10, 2016
>>Click here for directions<<

San Francisco, at ACT
30 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA 94108
February 13 and 14, 2016
>>Click here for directions<<

February 27 and 28, 2016; Final acting callback session; UC San Diego, La Jolla, California


Schedule your audition city and dates.

Please complete Step 1: Basic Information below to schedule your audition cities and dates

Each audition will be scheduled for approximately 7 minutes. Although this time is limited, we hope we will be able to gain a clear impression of your present range of skills and imagination, the scope of your ability to analyze text, and the level of technical skills you have at your command. Most importantly, and most difficult, we seek to determine your potential for growth in the theatre.

We ask that you present two audition pieces. These monologues should meet the following criteria: Each piece should be no longer that two minutes in length. One should be from a contemporary play and the other from a classical/verse play. Obviously, it will be to your advantage if you choose clearly contrasting audition pieces that show us as much as possible your creative range. We also suggest that at least one piece be within your age range.  

Attending your audition will be a member of the acting faculty, as well as other faculty members and possibly a representative of the La Jolla Playhouse. Callbacks are conducted at the end of each day for those candidates we wish to see again. At that time, we may request that you present a third audition peice or one or both of your original selections.

You must bring the following to your audition:

  • $60.00 check or money order (payable to UC Regents) for the audition fee. Please arrive early to check in with the tour stage mamager to confirm your audition slot and pay the audition fee.
  • Give the stage manager a local telephone number in the city where you are auditioning (friend, family, hotel)
  • 8X10 headshot with a resume on the reverse side

At the conclusion of the audition tour, there will be a final selection process. We will then notify as soon as possible those actors we wish to admit to the acting program.

If you have questions about the application process or about the materials required of you, please contact Marybeth Ward at (858) 534-1046 or by e-mail at

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Of Interest:

TheatreForum - An international theatre journal since 1992
La Jolla Playhouse - UCSD is home to this Tony Award winning theatre
UC San Diego Home Page - UC San Diego's Main Web Site
9500 Gilman Drive MC0344
La Jolla, CA 92093
Tel: (858) 534-3791