The department holds auditions several times a year for the current production season and also for summer theatre. Check back often for the latest news on upcoming auditions
The American College Dance Festival Association's primary focus is to support and promote the wealth of talent and creativity that is prominent throughout college and university dance departments. ACDFA's sponsorship of regional conferences and the national dance festival provides the venue for students and faculty to engage in three days of performances, workshops, panels, and master classes taught by instructors from around the region and country. The conferences also provide the unique opportunity for students and faculty to have their dance works adjudicated by a panel of nationally recognized dance professionals in an open and constructive forum. Culminating with the presentation of pieces selected for their exemplary artistic quality, the conferences are the primary means for college and university dance programs to perform outside their own academic setting and be exposed to the diversity of the national college dance world.
ACDFA also sponsors the National College Dance Festival. A biennial event, the National Festival showcases works selected from each regional conference for presentation on gala concerts at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater.
Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center's founding chairman, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide, which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents. The goals of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival are:
The United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc. (USITT) connects performing arts design and technology communities to ensure a vibrant dialogue among practitioners, educators, and students.
The University/Resident Theatre Association is the country's oldest and largest consortium of professional theatre training graduate programs and associated professional theatre companies. Founded in 1969, U/RTA provides a variety of service, management and informational programs to its members, and to non-member students, theatre professionals and producing companies, while serving as the primary liaison between the professional and educational theatres. U/RTA encourages the professional training of artists, and of future teachers in the performing arts for all levels of education.
The Rocky Mountain Theatre Association (RMTA) was founded in 1951 by Campten Bell from the University of Denver, C. Lowell Lees at the University of Utah, and Vio Mae Powell from Idaho State University. These theatre professionals, along with colleagues in neighboring states, created the RMTA as a forum for students and theatre artists to expand their knowledge and experience through interaction with fellow students and theatre professionals.
Each year a different organization hosts the RMTA Theatre Festival. This event includes classes, workshops, performances and competitions in theatre.
Membership in the RMTA is open to anyone interested in the varied aspects of theatre arts. Individual artists, people in educational programs, community theatres, and professional theatres will find membership in the RMTA particularly stimulating and advantageous.