Department of Theatre and Dance


How to Apply - Auditions, Interviews, Portfolio Reviews

Applying for admission to the Department of Theatre and Dance is a two-step process: 

  1. The University application –First, submit an online application to Montclair State University, following guidelines for undergraduate or graduate admission:
  2. The Department Audition, Interview or Portfolio Review – Next, you may be invited by email to schedule a department interview, audition, or portfolio review, where you will be encouraged to discuss your educational and career goals and demonstrate your artistic abilities.

    Admission requirements vary from program to program. Click on the links below for specific program details and instructions, then view the Student Appointment Calendar for scheduled Interview, Audition and Portfolio Review dates.

[Back to top]


Prospective Student Appointment Calendar

Most appointments for interviews, auditions and portfolio reviews take place on the University campus.  As admission to our programs is competitive, we encourage you to complete your application and request the earliest interview date possible, with special attention to the following:

  • All applicants for the Spring semester must select the first date.
  • Freshman applicants for the Fall semester should select a date no later than March, in order to be considered for housing and financial aid.
  • Dates after March are intended for late-applying transfer applicants and University-enrolled students who wish to change their majors.


Undergraduate Appointment Dates

On-Campus Auditions Fall 2014- Spring 2015


Acting                    Theatre Studies   Musical Theatre Production /
Dance Education 

Nov 15, 2014
Jan 31, 2015
Feb 14, 2015
March 7, 2015

April 11, 2015

 No audition is required

 for this program

Nov 15, 2014
Jan 31, 2015 (this date is at capacity and has closed)
Feb 14, 2015 (this date is at capacity and has closed)
March 7, 2015 (this date is at capacity and has closed)

March 28, 2015 (this date is at capacity and has closed)

April 11th, 2015

Nov. 14, 2014

Feb 6, 2015

March 6, 2015
Apr 10, 2015
May 1, 2015

Nov 4, 2014
Dec 2, 2014
Jan 27, 2015
Feb 17, 2015
Mar 17, 2015
Apr 14, 2015


Off-Campus Auditions Fall 2014- Spring 2015

For BFA Acting, Musical Theatre & Production/Design majors 

While students are advised to visit the campus in considering Montclair for their college education, far-away applicants to the BFA Acting, Musical Theatre or Production/Design programs have the option to participate in one of the off-campus "National Unified Auditions" after completing their University application. The dates and locations are listed below.

New York City Chicago    Las Vegas          Los Angeles    
Jan 24 & 25, 2015 Feb 2 & 3 & 4, 2015    Feb 5, 2015         Feb 7 & 8, 2015        

For further information, go to

General Note to Long-Distance Applicants for all majors

Far-away applicants (particularly international students) applying for any program in the Department may inquire whether alternatives to in-person appointments are available for the particular program.

Notification of Admission Status   

Following the appointment, the Department will forward its recommendation to the Admissions Office, which will notify you of your overall status within approximately three weeks.  Please note that, in some cases, applicants may be placed on a waiting list.

Graduate Appointment Dates

For MA Theatre, with concentration in Theatre Studies in:

Interview appointments for all graduate programs are scheduled individually with the Graduate Program Coordinator, generally weekdays 8:30-4:30.

[Back to top]

Current Students’ Change-of-Major

If you are a currently enrolled at Montclair State University and wish to change your major to a program in the Department of Theatre and Dance, you do not need to reapply to the university. Instead, contact the Department directly to schedule an interview, audition, or portfolio review. You will be notified of the decision by email.

[Back to top]


Events for Prospective Students

We encourage all applicants and prospective students to visit the campus to learn more about our programs. Please visit the Student Services page for information about Arts Days events as well as programs sponsored by the Admissions Office.

[Back to top]


Financial Aid and Scholarships

Applicants to Department of Theatre and Dance programs may qualify for one of the scholarships, grants and/or other sources of financial aid offerred by the University.  The following resources may be of help:

[Back to top