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Offer / Acceptance Guidelines

MFA in Theatre, Acting Interview/Callback Guidelines

 I.  URTA Candidates 

(Please see section II below for non-URTA “independent” candidates.)

If you receive a callback/interview with following your initial URTA audition, it indicates that you are in initial consideration for our program.  Obviously, a three-minute audition and fifteen minute interview are not much time for us to get to know each other.  So what’s next?  What can you do prior to URTA offer day, and what will we be doing?

URTA offer day is Monday, February 13th, 2015, beginning at 12:00 a.m.  No URTA sponsored program should be making you an actual offer before that date.  However, we will ask you to submit a taped audition online, and we may invite you to visit UT prior to offer day.  For guidelines on preparing a video, please see the page on this website entitled:  MFA in Theatre, Acting Concentration:  How to Apply.

When offer day does arrive, we may do one of the following four things:

  1. Make you an offer
  2. Invite you for an on-campus callback
  3. Inform you that you are in our consideration as an alternate
  4. Not contact you at that time

Please read the below information regarding each of these possibilities.

1)  If you receive an offer:

  • You will receive a verbal offer over the phone.
  • This will be followed by a formal letter of acceptance in the mail.
  • Please refer to the URTA handbook for detailed guidelines on receive and responding to an offer.   The handbook can be found at:  http://www.urta.com

The basic policy is that candidates who receive an offer may respond but are under no obligation to do so prior to the end of a three week period that commences with offer day.  In 2017, this three week period is February 13th – March 5th.  Earlier deadlines given to you by schools for acceptance of offers violate this policy and are not ethical.

  • We ask that you please make every effort to reply to our offer on or before March 5th.  We very much want you to find the MFA training that is right for you – to have all of your options on the table and to make an informed choice to come to UT.  But delay of your reply severely hampers our ability to recruit other talented candidates.  If you do not respond by March 5th to an offer from us given between February 13th and March 5th, we may move on to other candidates at that time.
  • If you receive an offer after March 5th, a deadline for a reply will be negotiated with Jed Diamond.

2)  If you accept the offer:

  • You may give a verbal acceptance over the phone
  • If you have not already done so, you should then immediately apply for admission to the Graduate School and The Department of Theatre.  Guidelines for applying can be found at:

Acting Concentration, How to Apply

  • When you receive the formal letter of acceptance from us, you should reply with a written, signed statement of acceptance.

3)  If you receive an invitation to visit UT for a callback, arrangements will be made with you at that time.  We will try to arrange all campus visits for as soon after your auditions as possible.  We will offer financial assistance with travel according to the availability of funds in a given year.

4)  If you are an alternate, we will keep you closely informed of the developing situation, and you are welcome to inquire by email or phone call to Jed Diamond as to your status.  You are encouraged to do so if you want to know your status at UT before accepting other offers.

5)  If you do not hear from us on offer day or the next day, it means that you are not among our first offers or first alternates.  It does not mean that you are entirely out of consideration.  The competition for talent is intense, and the acceptance process each year is highly unpredictable, often lasting for a few candidates into April and even May.  However, if you do not hear from us, it indicates that you are somewhat down the list – something that may have bearing on your consideration of offers from other programs.  If you wish to express your continued interest in UT, or to find out more about your status, you may email or call Jed Diamond.

 

II.              Independent candidates (Non-URTA)

If you audition for the UT MFA in Theatre, Acting program outside of URTA, on an independent basis, we will contact you following your initial audition only if you remain in consideration for a position.

We may contact you before the URTA audition process is complete on February 6th, 2015, but we will probably do so after that date, on or close to February 13th.

If we do contact you, it could be for one of several reasons:

  1. For further interview exchange over the phone.
  2. To ask you to submit an online video audition for the acting faculty to consider you.
  3. To invite you to UT for an on-site visit and callback audition plus interview.
  4. To apprise you of your standing in the application process.
  5. To inform you that you are an alternate still in consideration.
  6. To make you an offer.

If you receive an offer:

  • You will receive a verbal offer over the phone.
  • This will be followed by a formal letter of acceptance in the mail.
  • A deadline for acceptance will be negotiated with Jed Diamond when the offer is made.

If you accept an offer:

  • You may give a verbal acceptance over the phone
  • If you have not already done so, you should then immediately apply for admission to the Graduate School and The Department of Theatre.  Guidelines for applying can be found at:

Acting Concentration, How to Apply

  • When you receive the formal letter of acceptance from us, you should reply with a written, signed statement of acceptance.

6)    If you receive an invitation to visit UT for a callback, arrangements will be made with you at that time.  We will try to arrange all campus visits for as soon after your auditions as possible.  We will offer financial assistance with travel according to the availability of funds in a given year.

7)    If you are an alternate, we will keep you closely informed of the developing situation, and you are welcome to inquire by email or phone call to Jed Diamond as to your status.  You are encouraged to do so if you want to know your status at UT before accepting other offers.

8)    If you do not hear from us on February 13th or soon after, it does not mean that you are out of consideration.  The competition for talent is intense, and the acceptance process each year is highly unpredictable, often lasting for a few candidates into April and even May.

 

If you wish to express your continued interest in UT, or to find out more about your status, you may email Jed Diamond at jdiamond@utk.edu

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