End-of-Year Hurdles

Performance Evaluations - 2021

As we officially retire Hurdles and usher in the new Performance Evaluations, students are encouraged to become familiar with the process for their individual degree programs.  Please see the documents for detailed information.  

BFA Musical Theatre 

BFA Acting

BFA Performance Degree Audition Procedure 


Design and Production and Stage Management Hurdles

Purpose and process

All students in a B.F.A. program are subject to end-of-the-year evaluations. Since the end of a student's first year is of particular importance, students must complete a portfolio review to continue on in their program. These reviews will be held near the end of the term in April.

For Design and Production B.F.A. students, the hurdle consists of an evaluative discussion and portfolio review, which should contain specific projects as required by the design faculty.

For Stage Management B.F.A. students, the hurdle will consist of an evaluative discussion and portfolio review with the student our faculty Production Manager.

Possible outcomes of the hurdle

  1. Unqualified acceptance
  2. Probation, which indicates a qualified acceptance assuming competencies in the specified area(s) will be met within a designated time period.
  3. Denial and redirection to another major

Petition to Interview 

Students interested in interviewing for the B.F.A. Stage Management or Design and Production programs may petition for consideration for either of these programs.  Petitions for the Stage Management program should be submitted to the SOTAD Production Manager (Sara Theis).  Petitions for the Design and Production program should be submitted to the Design and Production Program Coordinator (Jana Funderburk).  Requests for interviews will be granted (or denied) upon review of petitions by the appropriate faculty.