Auditioning and Applying for the PATP - 2018

Applications for 2017 admission to the Professional Actor Training Program are now closed. Please check back in late fall, 2017 for 2018 admission deadlines.


What We Look For

Our program seeks naturally talented individuals who possess qualities that include: receptivity, transparency, inventiveness, expansiveness and coordination. We also seek those who have the curiosity, hunger, discipline and courage necessary to become actors who can make significant work. We expect our students to consistently strive to expand their skills and physiological conditioning while developing their own identity as creative individuals. We expect professionalism in our students' behavior and work ethic. We value, model and encourage collaboration, self-reliance, critical thinking and the creative imagination.

Applicants must have earned a BA degree before they begin the program.

The application is in two parts, a private audition and the submission of other application materials.

The Audition

The audition consists of a private ten-minute audition and interview with the head of the PATP. We are holding private auditions in 2017 in Seattle on January 14 and in New York on January 24 (and are also attending the U/RTA auditions in New York and Chicago). We will contact you after we receive your PATP application form and audition fee to schedule your audition.

You should prepare the following:
1. A two-minute monologue from a modern prose play.
2. A two-minute Shakespearean verse monologue.
3. Approximately 16 bars of a song, a cappella or with accompaniment provided by you. (We do not provide a CD player or piano.)

You should also be ready to detail your previous training.

Videotaped auditions - we will not be accepting videotaped auditions in 2016.

Application Materials - to request a private audition in Seattle or New York

1.  Please mail the following to the School of Drama. Our mailing address is: Graduate Programs, School of Drama, University of Washington, Box 353950, Seattle WA 98195-3950. If you don't have access to a printer you may email the audition form and statement to, or just write the information requested out and mail to us. The check and headshot/resume must be sent snail mail. Materials should be received before your audition.

  • $60 audition fee (check or money order, make payable to UW School of Drama). It is not possible to pay this via credit card.
  • Audition form for 2018 in-person auditions in Seattle or New York will be posted here when applications are open. This form may be emailed to if you don't have access to a printer, but auditions won't be scheduled until the $60 audition fee is received.
  • A headshot.
  • A current résumé
  • One set of unofficial college transcripts, photocopy is fine.
  • A statement of purpose including educational and professional goals. This can be of whatever length you like.
  • Two letters of recommendation. Each recommendation should state whether the letter is or is not available for review by the applicant and forms for this purpose are available here (PDF). Letters may be included in your application or sent directly to the School by your recommender. You may still audition for the program without having both letters of recommendation.

2.  All applicants for graduate study at the University of Washington apply to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Apply on-line at: . They charge an application fee which is separate from the audition fee.

Deadlines and audition dates

  • Seattle - Private auditions are January 14, 2017, at the UW Campus. The deadline is December 28, 2016.
  • New York - we are attending the U/RTA auditions, and holding private auditions on January 24, 2017. The deadline for applying for a private audition is January 6, 2017

For more information on the PATP program, contact Professor Valerie Curtis-Newton at (206) 616-7148.

Audition Appointments

We will email you to schedule your audition appointment after we receive your PATP application form and audition fee. Later applicants may not get their first choice of audition time; however every effort will be made to schedule a private audition for everyone who submits an application.

University/Resident Theater Association

  • We will be attending U/RTA auditions in New York and Chicago in 2017, we will not be attending in San Francisco.

Applicants who do not want a private audition and plan to only audition through the University/Resident Theater Association (U/RTA) National Unified Final Auditions do not need to submit any audition or application materials. If the head of the program is interested in considering you for the program we will specifically ask you to apply to the Graduate School later. (You may still apply for financial assistance available through the University by submitting the FAFSA and designating University of Washington-Seattle, Code #003798, in Step 6.)

Contact U/RTA at:
1560 Broadway, Suite 414
New York, NY 10036

U/RTA's application deadline is usually in late November. They will accept late applications up to a certain date with the payment of a late fee.

Admissions Requirements

Students who hold (or will hold by September) a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution may apply. Most applicants have undergraduate degrees in theatre, but it is not essential. All must demonstrate outstanding talent to be admitted. The GRE is not required. International applicants must meet the minimum TOEFL and TSE scores and other Graduate School requirements.

 Letter of Recommendation Form (PDF)