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 – Once you have submitted your University application you should schedule a department interview, audition, or portfolio review by using the links that appear within the Appointment Calendar below.

    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.

Please note that there is no pre-screening process when auditioning for any program within the Department of Theatre and Dance.  All prospective students are required to attend an in-person audition, either on-campus or at the National Unified auditions.


Undergraduate Appointment Dates

On-Campus Auditions Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 

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 (Saturdays) Theatre Studies   Musical Theatre (Saturdays) Production /
Dance Education (Tuesdays)

Jan 28, 2017
Feb 18, 2017
Feb 25, 2017
Mar 25, 2017
Apr 1, 2017

Request Acting Appointment

No audition is
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Jan 28, 2017
Feb 18, 2017 
Feb 25, 2017 
Mar 25, 2017

Request Musical Theatre Appointment


Jan 28, 2017 
Feb 25, 2017
Mar 25, 2017
Apr 1, 2017

Request Production/Design Appointment

Nov 8, 2016
Dec 6, 2016
Jan 24, 2017
Feb 14, 2017
Mar 14, 2017
April 11, 2017

Request Dance/Dance Education Appointments


Off-Campus Auditions Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

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                Los Angeles
Jan 21 & 22, 2017 Feb 6-9, 2017 Feb 11 & 12, 2017


Dallas Unified Auditions Nov 17-20, 2016


General Note to Long-Distance Applicants for all majors:

For 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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