BA Theatre Studies


Program Admission Contact:
Kim Whittam, 973-655-7201
  University Admission Contact:
Erin Samples, 973-655-4331
BA Theatre Studies Coordinator:
Dr. Deborah Saivetz, 973-655-3353

Major-specific Guidelines –

To be considered for admission to the BA Theatre Studies program, students must first submit an online application to Montclair State University, then follow the guidelines below:

    • Applicants should be in good academic standing as an incoming freshman or transfer. (Transfers should demonstrate a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better.)
    • Upon completion and review of the submitted university application, qualified applicants are emailed an invitation to attend an interview/audition with the Department of Theatre & Dance. Please schedule your appointment online in accordance with sent instructions.
    • Invited applicants should submit the following written materials and audition fee at least one week prior to the scheduled appointment:
      • A completed Theatre Studies Application Form (note: This is separate from the online university application and provided when you are invited to interview.) 
      • Letter of Intent, providing highlights of previous theater experience and plans for future development
      • Resume of experience
      • Photocopy of your high school or college transcript

      • Small recent school photo or headshot
      • Recommendation letter from a teacher, director and/or other theater professional familiar with your work and academic potential.  Letter should evaluate your self-discipline, attitude, motivation, creativity and potential for success in the performing arts. They may be copies of letters provided to the Admissions office.

      • $40 Audition fee(non-refundable) payable by check or money order
    • Send materials to:

      • Kim Whittam
        Program Admission Coordinator
        Montclair State University - Department of Theatre and Dance
        Life Hall 126
        Montclair, New Jersey 07043


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The Interview/Audition –

During the interview we will be assessing your experience, interest, and communication skills.

Applicants will participate in a brief group audition (note: A memorized audition piece is NOT required)

You will also be asked to complete a writing sample.

Finally, we will answer any questions you may have about the Theatre Studies program.

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Appointment Dates –

Refer to Department Admission - Appointments Calendar

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