Carrie Gates | October 16, 2014
“When you walk into the audition room, you get up onto a little constructed stage, and as soon as you say, ‘Good morning, my name is Natalia Cuevas and these are my pieces,’ they start the timer.
“You have two minutes.”
Cuevas, a 2014 graduate of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT), recalls her experience at this year’s National Unified Auditions and Interviews. Organized by the University/Resident Theatre organization (URTA), the annual auditions draw more than 1,100 students and young professionals who wish to pursue graduate degrees in theatre.
“Imagine a kind of live, national GRE exam where students audition in open competition against one another, evaluated by representatives from the best graduate theatre programs,” said Professor Jim Collins, chair of the department.