BFA Acting

Admission

Program Admission Contact:
Kim Whittam, 973-655-7201
  University Admission Contact:
Erin Samples, 973-655-4331
BFA Acting Coordinator:
Heather Benton, 973-655-3085

Major-specific Guidelines –

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

    • Applicants should be incoming freshmen or sophomores. Note to sophomores: Sequence of acting courses in the program requires a minimum of seven (7) semesters of work.
    • Upon completion and review of the submitted university application, applicants may be emailed an invitation to attend an interview/audition with the Department of Theatre & Dance. Note: 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 BFA Acting Application Form. Note: This is separate from the online university application and is provided when you are invited to audition.
      • Letter of Intent, a personal statement explaining why you are interested in attending an acting training program, specifically the B.F.A. Acting Program at Montclair State university.  The Letter of Intent should also highlight past experience in the theatre and include 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 and fee to:

        Kim Whittam
        Department of Theatre and Dance
        Department Admission Coordinator
        055A Life Hall
        Montclair State University
        Montclair, New Jersey 07043
 Applicants should arrive early on the day of their scheduled appointment.

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Audition Preparation –

The Audition Process will consist of two segments: participation in MOVEMENT SESSION and an INDIVIDUAL AUDITION.

GROUP MOVEMENT SESSION GUIDELINES

  • Come dressed wearing clothing that allows for movement.  Be prepared to work barefoot. 
  • Applicants will work in small groups of 8 to 10 people.
  • The Group Movement Session wil be structured like a mini class
  • Applicants will be guided through excercises that will include movement, imporoisation, and ensemble work.

INDIVIDUAL AUDITION

  • Prepare two contrasting monologues (one contemporary, one classical) of not more than two minutes each.
  • Monologuesmust be fully memorized and rehearsed.
  • One of the monologues must be from a contemporary realistic play.
  • The second monologue must be from a classical play and may or may not be in verse (i.e. Shakespeare, Greek Tragedy, Resotration Comedy, etc.)
  • Choose roles in which you could be cast professionally at this point in your career and which show you off to your best advantage.  Do not attempt roles outside of your current age range.

At the conclusion of the INDIVIDUAL AUDITION you may be interviewed by the screening committee.

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Acceptance Criteria –

The Acting audition is judged in terms of the following:

    • Presence, as evidenced by the clarity of concentration and focus, grounding relaxation and use of breath during performance.
    • Awareness, as evidenced by the demonstration of impulsive, reponsive interaction with others
    • Internal Techniqe, as evidenced by the ability to work with honesty, empathy and emotional availability within each character performed.
    • Versatility, as evidenced in the level of contrast in roles perfomed.
    • Vocal Quality, as evidenced in vocal tone and support; projection and range; clarity of thought; ability to communitate; the demonstration of good stage speech, free of regional dialects.
    • Physicality, as evicenced in the ease and freedom of momvement and the expressivituiy of the body. 

Once enrolled in the program, all BFA Acting majors are required to audition for all Department productions. Continuation in the program is determined by an annual jury and review process.

Note: No applications are accepted for spring enrollment. The BFA acting program can only be applied to for the Fall semester of each year.

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Appointment Dates –

Refer to Department Admission - Appointments Calendar

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