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Theatre Arts Major

Specializing in acting

Admission Requirements

Transcripts: First-year applicants should submit official transcripts of all high school and college coursework completed.

Official Test Scores: Arrange for the testing agency to send your SAT or ACT scores directly to USC.

School Report: All first-year applicants are required to submit the Common Application School Report, which includes a letter of recommendation.

Portfolio, resumé and/or additional writing samples: if required by major. Performance majors may also require auditions.

Submit your fall grades (when available): Use the Mid-Year Report Form included in the Common Application

There is no minimum requirement or absolute "cutoff" for grades, class rank or test scores. USC evaluates prospective students through an individualized, comprehensive review process that takes these, and many other factors, into account. Regardless, most first-year students are selected from the top 10 percent of their high school classes. Successful transfer students typically present at least one year of rigorous, full-time academic coursework, with strong grades.


$45,602 tuition

$12,902 on campus room & board

$1,500 books

$696 fees

TOTAL $60,700 (per year)

Degree Plan

Job Description

Salary: $57,428 annually

An actress communicates a character and/or situations to an audience through speech, body language and movement. This usually involves interpreting the work of a writer under the instruction and support of a director, although some work may require the actor to devise a character or improvise the reactions of a character to a situation.

Recommendation Letter

To Whom It May Concern:

I am pleased to write this letter to recommend Brianna Contreras for a position in theatre. She portrays phenomenal acting skills and works well with others. She shows qualities of great leadership, teamwork, creativity, contribution, intelligence, and has a genuine personality. She works well with anyone and will get the job done.

Ms. Contreras is the leader of any team and will direct anyone in order to get the job done. She is well-rounded and works well with others. She puts her creative ideas into to anything to improve a scene or other project. She thinks outside of the box, which makes her an amazing student. With her intelligence, she is extremely clever and is quick on her feet. She includes others and assists others to improve their skills by letting them understand what they are doing wrong and helping them fix it. She can perform in front of any crowd and bring laughter, sadness, fear, and other feelings portrayed in a performance to the audience. You can give her any challenge and she will conquer it. She contributes to anything she does by not allowing everyone else do the work for her. On top these qualities, she has warmth and kindness. She will not disrespect anyone and will try to make the best out of a situation. She brings light into every performance and people love her.

Brianna Contreras would make an outstanding addition to this production and you will not regret hiring her. Her personality and the qualities she portrays will improve anything you wish to accomplish. If you would like to discuss any further about Ms. Contreras, you can contact me at or via phone: (915) 378-2368.

Best Regards,

Victoria Aldaco

El Dorado 9th Grade Academy

El Paso, TX 79938

Tel: (915) 378-2368