Audition/Interview Schedule

Acting Live Audition Schedule

Students applying to our programs in Acting are asked to submit a self-recorded video audition as part of the application to CalArts along with a resume, headshot, and artist statement. 
After you submit your application, you will be asked to sign up for a date and location for your live audition: New York (BFA, MFA), Los Angeles (BFA, MFA) and Chicago (BFA only).

Please note: We will not be holding virtual auditions. It is strongly recommended that you attend a live audition, but if you are not able, your application materials will be reviewed without the live audition component, and a decision will be made based on your application materials alone. 

BFA Live Audition Dates/Locations:
Los Angeles: January 13 - 14, 2023 and February 11 - 12, 2023
Location: California Institute of the Arts 
New York: January 27 - January 28
Location: Martinique New York on Broadway, Curio Collection by Hilton
Chicago: February 6 - 8, 2023
Location: Silversmith Hotel Chicago Downtown 
MFA Live Auditions Dates/Locations:
Los Angeles: January 13, 2023
Location: California Institute of the Arts
New York: January 24, 2023
Location: New York Hilton Midtown 

CalArts will participate in live URTA events for MFA Acting candidates in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Applicants auditioning via URTA are still required to complete the online application. If you plan to participate in URTA's and are considering CalArts, starting a CalArts application is an important first step.

Experience Design and Production and Creative Producing and Management Interview Schedule

Students applying to our specializations in Experience Design and Production, Producing and Stage Management for a fall 2023 start are asked to submit a portfolio, artist statement, video introduction and resume. Faculty will review applications and invite select applicants for a virtual interview. Not all applicants will be invited to an interview.

BFA Program Interviews

Interviews for the BFA Experience Design and Production program are by invitation only. Students will be notified of a request for an interview after the completion of preliminary reviews by faculty, sometime in February. Prospective students must fulfill all admissions application requirements and submit the online portfolio by the general application deadline on January 5th if they wish to be considered for an interview. Virtual interviews for the BFA Experience Design and Production program will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2023 by invitation only. 

Graduate Program Interviews

Applicants will be contacted if an interview is requested by Faculty. Not all candidates will be invited to interview. The location and format of the interview (virtual or in-person) will be determined after you receive your invitation to interview. 

Prospective students must complete the admissions application requirements and the online portfolio to be considered for admission. The online application must be submitted before an interview will be scheduled.

CalArts School of Theater faculty will participate in URTA events for Experience Design and Production candidates in Chicago and virtually. Applicants interviewing via URTA are still required to complete the online application. If you plan to participate in URTA's and are considering CalArts, starting a CalArts application is an important first step.

For questions regarding the admissions or interview process, please contact Brittney Brady, Assistant Director of Admissions for the School of Theater, at