Performance Opportunities

Theatre Arts & Dance at University of Texas at Arlington has unique performance opportunities available to students.

Main Season Productions

UTA Theatre and Dance Department productions provide opportunities for students to practice the skills they learn in our classrooms, studios, and shops. Working alongside faculty and guest artists, our students write, design, perform, and build a range of shows—from fully produced musical theatre productions, to contemporary plays in our black box theatre, to student-devised dances and plays. Any UTA student may audition for our theatre productions, but students must be enrolled in a dance performance course in order to audition for dance performances. Auditions for all musicals and Fall plays happen during August, and auditions for Spring plays happen in January.

Theatre Arts Teaching Lab

The Theatre Arts Teaching Lab welcomes UTA theatre students who are interested in hands-on experience in educational theatre teaching and production. TATL Practicum, a course located in Fine Arts North room 143, is an experiential training ground for future theatre teachers. Through immersion and training in creative and collaborative educational theatre-making processes, TATL students are encouraged to experiment, collaborate, and adventure as they lead the production of laboratory performances each semester. From start to strike, TATL productions are student-driven, and offer students invaluable opportunities for personal and collective agency. Students learn responsibility to emerge and flourish as they explore learning and teaching...


Full of zany moments and steeped-in-fun, MavImprov has a style that’s always outrageous and never stale. A course taught and directed by faculty Laurel Whitsett , Improvisation: Short Form is an improv course that features students from UTA, performing with original sketches, long and short -form improvisation and audience participation. For more details, check with your Academic Advisor about taking this course.

Fort Worth Fringe Festival

Each year, Theatre Arts & Dance students participate in the Fringe Festival in Fort Worth, Texas. Students present short, entertaining and engaging works with the help of faculty to local and non-locals.