2019 URTA application, 2019 URTA Auditions, 2019 URTA Interviews
2019 URTA Interviews - Chicago (Design/Tech)
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Date(s) - 01/23/2019 - 01/26/2019
8:00 am

Target Regions

Northeast: Illinois

Target Occupations

Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Scenic Design, Sound Design, Technical Director, Technical, Carpentry, Costume, Imaging/Projection, Lighting, Painters, Props, Sound


WHAT: 2019 URTA Interviews – Directing & Stage Mgmt – Chicago
WHEN: January 23 – 26, 2019
WHERE: The Palmer House Hilton

The Interview: In a single day, present your portfolio to more than a dozen MFA programs at once–and attend callback interviews that same afternoon.
NOTE: Design/Tech interviews ONLY happen in Chicago

A few points to keep in mind:

  • Focus on your strengths. Don’t register for an area of design in which you are not seriously interested.
  • Research which institutions have applicable programs, and in what years they recruit, since they don’t all recruit every year.
  • If you are not called back by a particular institution, it doesn’t necessarily reflect the recruiter’s opinion of your portfolio. They may not have an opening for a student in your area of interest at that time.
  • Your presentation and any interviews will occur on a single day. For some candidates this day will be rigorous, with many back-to-back interviews and few breaks. It’s a good idea to be prepared with snacks, water, and a way to take notes.

Preparing Your Display/Portfolio

  • Be selective. Portfolios should include the best examples of your work and design capabilities, as well as some of your process.
  • Recruiters look for quality, not quantity!
  • Remember: your display is YOU!
  • Portfolio materials should be clean & presented to their best advantage
  • Practice set-up & organization of your table before you attend
  • Identify work as a class project or realized production with title, producer (organization or class), and date.
  • Leave at least 40 copies of your resume & unofficial copies of your academic transcripts on your table. Include a small photo of yourself.
  • There will no be Wi-Fi available in the display hall! Have everything you want to show already downloaded.

Stay tuned for the 2019 Candidate Handbook! For reference, view the 2018 Candidate Handbook for more information on how to prepare.

About URTA…
The University Resident Theatre Association was founded in 1969 with the mission of supporting excellence in professional training of theatre artists, ensuring the continued renewal of the American theatre.

Since that time, URTA has grown to include many programs and services, all working toward that same goal. Whether it’s maintaining the highest quality standards for our member universities, helping to match potential students with the MFA program best suited to their needs, facilitating engagement of professional artists at universities, or expanding our offering of continuing education programming to students, faculty and professional artists, URTA is setting the stage for emerging theatre artists, superior theatre training, and professional advancement!

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