Please note that callbacks are offered on a rolling basis, the sooner your materials are submitted the better.
Fall Application Priority Deadline: November 24, 2023
Portfolio Submission Priority Deadline: December 1, 2023
Fall Application General Deadline: January 1, 2024
Portfolio Submission General Deadline: January 8, 2024
Early Action and Spring: Not available
Application Fee: $50 for either application
- Letter of Recommendation
Audition Requirements and Dates
All applicants to the acting program must submit the following to be considered for an acting program callback:
- Video Auditions submission
- Your Artist’s Story
- Picture and resume
- Acting audition form
- Non-refundable payment of $55
All materials must be submitted via the Admissions Portal.
- If selected for a callback, students will be notified no later than the week of January 22nd. We encourage students to complete the requirements as soon as possible.
Callbacks will take place in person both on campus and in NYC at the same time/place as Unified Auditions. Please note that we will be accepting first time walk-in auditions in at the same time/place as Unified Auditions. January 27 and 28 at Ripley Grier Studios in NYC.
- Acting audition times are set for Eastern Standard Time. For those in another time zone please plan accordingly.
Admission to the BFA Acting program is highly competitive and based on a required audition process conducted by the Acting Faculty and a review of the student’s overall application by Admissions staff. Only exceptionally talented actors who can demonstrate talent, creativity, and commitment will be offered admission.
First Video A contemporary monologue (written in the last 100 years).
Second Video A classical monologue (the language or circumstance is heightened). Shakespeare is preferred but we are also excited by other classical/verse texts. Some examples of other classical authors include Aphra Behn, Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Lope de Vega, and Kalidasa.
How to choose material for your Video Audition
We are looking for imaginative actors capable of bringing their authentic self to a wide range of circumstances. Your two pieces should show a range. Often, that is taken to mean comedic vs. dramatic. That distinction is less important than your ability to show the range of your character’s physical life, relationships (who you are speaking to) and the given circumstances (where is the monologue taking place and what happened the moment before you started speaking).
Standards for your Video Audition
Each monologue should be roughly 90 seconds to two minutes in length.
Only choose material from published plays and make sure you have read the entire play.
Please submit separate videos, not one large one.
Upload videos or share links in the Admissions Portal.
Please introduce each monologue with the following:
- Your first and last name
- The date
- Name of the play
- Name of the author
- Name of the character
A Third Video OR an Essay
Share something about yourself as an artist in a video no more than 3 minutes long. Alternatively, you can submit an essay on this topic. Whether you choose a third video or an essay, you must upload it with your Video Auditions in Step 1.
Ideas to spark your Artist’s Story:
- What is your artist’s story?
- What stories excite you and how do you hope to impact audiences?
- Share your work as an artist outside of acting: play an instrument; share a painting or a song of yours. This is less about hearing 16 bars of a song and more about hearing your passion and artistry.
- A snapshot will do if you do not have an 8 x 10 headshot.
- Be sure that your name, address, email and cell telephone number(s), are included on your resume. Your resume should include a complete list of theatrical activities.
If you receive an invitation for a callback, be prepared to work on your audition pieces with your auditors. This callback will be a work session and hopefully fun!
Callbacks will be held on the following dates:
Saturday, January 27th
Sunday, January 28th
Saturday, February 24th
Visit the Acting BFA program to get answers to the most frequently asked questions.
For additional information about the acting BFA program, visit Conservatory of Theatre Arts.