The Theatre School > Conservatory > Graduate Conservatory > Acting > Audition
All MFA Acting applicants are required to attend an in-person audition as part of our admissions process. However, we understand that traveling to an audition site may be logistically or financially difficult for some of our applicants. For those applicants, we offer the option of submitting a video prescreen prior to making any travel arrangements. Students who choose not to
submit the optional video are welcome to register for any available
audition session after they have submitted the online application;
students who do submit the video will need a callback decision before
There is no admissions advantage to
submitting or not submitting a video for prescreen. Applicants are
encouraged to think about their travel
needs, the audition dates/locations that are available, and their own personal
preferences for sharing their work and navigating the audition process.
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Check-in begins at the audition start time. We encourage you to do your own warm-up prior to checking in. After a short information session, applicants will individually present their monologues to Theatre School faculty.
Each applicant should prepare two (2) monologues – one contemporary and one classical – lasting a maximum of four minutes total.
After the individual monologue sessions, the faculty will lead the audition group through a class experience. The class may include improvisation, movement, or vocal expression work.
For the final part of the audition, you will be assigned a scene partner from among the other auditionees in your group. Under the direction of our faculty, you and your partner will work on a short “open scene” that the faculty will provide you during the audition. Once you and your partner have finished the scene work, you have completed the audition process.
NOTE: We encourage you to wear comfortable clothing appropriate for physical activity throughout the audition. However, if you feel the need to wear other clothing for your monologues there will be time to change prior to the class session.