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About GTA

Gainesville Theatre Alliance is an exciting, one-of-a-kind, nationally recognized departmental collaboration between the University of North Georgia and Brenau University. GTA utilizes hands-on, individualized training while emphasizing ensemble and collaboration between programs; all in support of an extraordinary production program that rivals the largest theatre schools in the country. GTA’s cross-campus union allows for an incredible array of performance, rehearsal, classroom, and laboratory space including five theatres, multiple shops, design labs, rehearsal and dance studios, state of the art equipment, and much more.

All of GTA’s programs remain undergraduate only, ensuring that your university experience is one of inclusion and continued growth through numerous opportunities. GTA’s faculty is an assembly of top-notch professionals and educators with remarkable credits and experience. Inspiring guest artists from across the country frequent the stage and classrooms of GTA, sharing their knowledge, process, and craft with our students. GTA’s proximity to Atlanta, a quickly growing epicenter of film in the United States, as well as an established and burgeoning theatre city, makes for numerous professional opportunities right in our backyard.


Admission into GTA is highly competitive. All Theatre BFA programs (Acting, Musical Theatre, Design & Technology) accept 12 students per academic year, while the Theatre BA program is capped at 20 students per year. Admission to all programs is by audition or interview only. Note that you must also be accepted by the institution (either BU or UNG) AND by GTA for your program of choice. Scholarships in all programs are awarded to students based on talent, commitment, and academic performance and can be formally offered after admission into the institution of your choice.

Virtual Auditions/Interviews  

Students interested in the BFA in Acting, the BFA in Musical Theatre, the BFA in Design and Technology, or the BA in Theatre Arts must audition/interview via virtual audition (given the ongoing Covid19 pandemic).

Virtual auditions may be conducted during one of the GTA Audition/Interview Events listed below or at one of the regional theatre conferences (Southeastern Theatre Conference, Georgia Theatre Conference, or Georgia Thespian Conference—note that all conferences this year are being held virtually as well).  The material you upload to this site will be added to your admission file and will be another resource for GTA's Program Directors during the decision-making process.  You will audition live during the virtual events.  Designers and Technicians must also submit a sample portfolio through GetAcceptd before interviewing via Zoom.

Please email to schedule your audition and/or interview for one of the dates below.

2020-21 Audition Dates:

April 16, 2021: 2pm-5pm via Zoom in ten-minute audition/interview slots
April 17, 2021: 9am-3pm via Zoom in ten-minute audition/interview slots 
April 9: Submission Deadline for April Applicants

We know you may have many questions about the logistics and benefits of our unique collaboration between two different schools, and we are happy to meet with you to discuss and provide insight. The best way to gain an understanding of the program is to attend a virtual GTA Open House event where you have the chance to ask questions and discuss your academic and career goals with faculty and staff.  The next open house is being planned for late March and/or mid-April 2021.  You'll be notified of the details closer to the date.

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Questions about the audition/interview process? Please contact GTA Managing Director, Joslyn Hilliard, at

For questions about a particular degree program, please contact the degree program directors.
BFA in Theatre Design & Technology, Celeste Morris -
BFA in Acting, Zechariah Pierce -
BFA in Musical Theatre, Rick Gomez -
BA in Theatre, Tracey Brent-Chessum -

For questions about GTA, please contact:
*GTA Artistic Director and Head of Theatre at University of North Georgia, Jayme McGhan -
*Associate Artistic Director and Chair of Theatre at Brenau University, Tracey Brent-Chessum -

For technical questions, please visit the Acceptd Help Desk.