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.

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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 2015- Spring 2016 

After submitting a complete application to Montclair State University, students are encouraged to request an audition appointment on one of the following dates. (Note: You must have applied to the University before attending an audition.)

Acting Theatre Studies   Musical Theatre Production /
Dance Education

Nov 14, 2015
Jan 30, 2016
Feb 13, 2016
Feb 27, 2016
Mar 19, 2016
Apr 2, 2016

Request Acting Appointment

No audition is
for this


Nov 14, 2015
Jan 30, 2016
Feb 13, 2016
Feb 27, 2016 (Feb 27 is now closed)
Mar 5, 2016 (Mar 5 is now closed)
Mar 19, 2016 (Mar 19 is now closed)

Request Musical Theatre Appointment

Request Musical Theatre Appointment (March 19th only)

Nov 13, 2015 
Feb 5, 2016
Mar 18, 2016
Apr 8, 2016
Apr 29, 2016 

Request Production/Design Appointment

Nov 10, 2015
Dec 8, 2015
Jan 26, 2016
Feb 16, 2016
Mar 15, 2016
April 12, 2016

Request Dance/Dance Education Appointments


Off-Campus Auditions Fall 2015- Spring 2016

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" and "Dallas Unified Auditions" after completing their University application. The dates and locations are listed below.

National Unified Auditions

New York City         Chicago                Las Vegas         Los Angeles
Jan 23 &24, 2016 Feb 8-10, 2016 Feb 11,2016 Feb 13 &14, 2016


Dallas Unified Auditions Nov 20-23, 2015


General Note to Long-Distance Applicants for all majorsFor further information, go to

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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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