Actor Training Program (BFA)

Actor Training Program (BFA) Todd Collins Photography

Admission to the Actor Training Program (ATP) is by audition only. We generally prefer applicants to audition in person; however, due to the impact of COVID-19, both the University of Utah and National Unified Auditions are only conducting virtual auditions this year. For more information or to sign up for an audition, visit our Admissions and Auditions page.


Admissions and Auditions



The prestigious Actor Training Program (ATP) is a conservatory-style training program for students who seek careers as professional actors. Designed to prepare students for performance of classical and contemporary theatre, the curriculum is fundamentally craft-based and offers rich, diverse and intensive training in voice and speech, movement and acting. Rigorous instruction is also provided in verse drama, acting styles, audition technique, singing and dialects. The faculty is comprised of nationally and internationally recognized working professionals who bring their talents, skills and experience to the classroom. We also have a commitment to bringing in guest artists and other visiting professionals to complement our existing curriculum.



Graduates from our program regularly perform on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and with major regional theatre companies including the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse In the Park, Circle Repertory Company, the Guthrie, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, the Old Globe Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pioneer Theatre Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Yale Repertory Theatre. Many pursue advanced training at leading institutions such as American Conservatory Theatre, American Repertory Theatre at Harvard, Circle in the Square, Juilliard, New York University, the University of Delaware, and Yale. Students from the ATP are regularly seen on stage, in film, and on television in the United States and abroad.

Our comprehensive course of study requires that students who successfully complete the program must be motivated, committed, hard-workers, as well as gifted. Students must demonstrate continued progress and development and pass ongoing faculty evaluations in order to remain in the program.


Performance Opportunities

Our performance facilities include the Babcock Theatre, our main stage, which is home to a season of three shows each year, and Studio 115, our flexible black box space which produces a minimum of two experimental productions each year.

The ATP program enjoys a healthy working relationship with the celebrated Pioneer Theatre Company, a professional repertory Lort-B theatre located on the campus of the University of Utah. In their junior and senior years of study, ATP students are eligible to audition for roles at PTC and may perform small or understudy roles in the theatre’s productions. Seniors may also participate in a Senior Show, directed by a professional director from outside the state, who is brought to campus by the department.

Salt Lake City is also home to many excellent theater companies including Plan B Theatre Company, Pygmalion Productions, The Salt Lake Acting Company, The Sundance Institute Theatre Program and Sundance Summer Theatre, and The Grand Theatre.


Example Plan of Study


Program Heads

Sarah Shippobotham

Robert Scott Smith


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