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MFA Actors Robyn Accetta and John Galas in UGA Theatre's production of Niagara Falls

PLEASE NOTE: The MFA in Performance is not currently accepting applications. The program will be on hiatus for at least two years.

The information below is from the application process for the 2021-2024 cohort. 


The UGA Department of Theatre and Film Studies will be holding virtual auditions and callback/interviews for our MFA in Performance Program in fall 2020 and spring 2021 semester. Admission to the MFA Performance program is on a three-year cycle. The current cohort of ten students matriculated in Fall 2018; the next class will begin their studies in Fall 2021. 

Due to limitations created by the current pandemic, auditions for the next cohort will be held virtually. After submitting an audition video, your audition will be reviewed by the members of our performance faculty.  They will determine if you are invited for a callback; at which point you will be invited by the Head of Performance to attend our virtual callback/interviews.

On those days, we will be hosting a day of interviews, a chance to work with our performance faculty, an opportunity to speak with current graduate students, ask questions of the faculty, and have an online tour of facilities. 


Prospective students interested in taking part in these audition days will need to send a pre-recorded audition video to Professor George Contini ( no later than Friday Oct 16th to be considered for the October 31st event or Friday January 15th for the February 6th date.   

Please send as soon as possible, submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis.  

It is easiest to upload your videos to Youtube or Vimeo as private videos and let us know of any passwords necessary to view them.

These videos should include the following; please film all these on the same day, they should be current auditions, not something from your archive. They do not have to all be one take. Label each video file LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_MONOLOGUE/SONG/STATEMENT/SLATE.

  1. Slate, Name, Title of Pieces
  2. Two contrasting monologues that show off your range and ability as a performer, no longer than 3 minutes total for both pieces.   Please shoot one monologue in Medium Shot, the other in Full Body Shot.
  3. You may sing 16-32 bars if that is something you’d like to show us.
  4. 2-3 minutes of you describing your interest in attending our program, future goals and aspirations, skills you’d like to develop, and what kind of performance gets you excited.
  5. A same day photo (jpg) taken the day you filmed the auditions.
  6. Any additional materials (link to website, reel, song, dance, movement) that you feel would aid us in understanding your work.
  7. Headshot and Resume (jpg)
  8. Copy of Department information sheet.
  9. State your preference for a callback date.

Virtual callbacks/interviews will be held on:

Saturday October 31, 2020    10-5    Oct 16  Due Date for Videos   
Saturday February 6, 2021    10-5     Jan 15  Due Date for Videos   

URTA Auditions

The UGA MFA in Performance program will also be attending  URTA’s virtual auditions and SETC LINKS. 

Please let us know if you are planning on attending URTA or SETC LINKS.

Other Applications

Any candidate who is offered a place in the graduate acting ensemble must also complete both the University of Georgia Graduate School application and the Department of Theatre and Film Studies application packet before they will be considered for acceptance by the University of Georgia. All offers are contingent upon acceptance by the Graduate School. 

Do not apply to the Graduate School until we have asked you to proceed with that application.

Please note that the GRE is not required for admission.

Final Admission is based on the following materials:

  • Audition (see above). The MFA Performance program will then notify applicants if they should complete the online application for the Graduate school.
  • After being told apply online, an application for admission must be submitted online through the Graduate School
  • Your online application will include:
    • unofficial transcripts of all previous college-level academic work, which should meet a minimum GPA requirement of 3.0 (official transcripts are only required if you are offered admission).
    • three letters of recommendation to be transmitted online (you will list the names of recommenders in the application along with their e-mail addresses. They will receive a link to access a secure page where they can submit your recommendation quickly and easily via the Web).
    • a clear statement of objectives in pursuing this degree 
    • résumé
  • All graduate school application materials should go to the graduate school application, not to the department. If you have any questions or problems with the online application, contact

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