BFA Musical Theatre


Program Admission Contact:
Kim Whittam, 973-655-7201
  University Admission Contact:
Erin Samples, 973-655-4331

BFA Musical Theatre Coordinator:
Profesor Clay James, 973-655-7341

Major-specific Guidelines –

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

  • Applicant should be an incoming freshman or sophomore.
  • 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.  Please schedule your appointment online in accordance with sent instructions.
  • Invited applicants should submit the following written materials and audition fee no later than two weeks prior to the audition date.  Requested documents should be sent "Return Receipt Requested" or "Registered Mail" as validation/confirmation of receipt by the Department of Theatre and Dance.

    • A completed BFA Musical Theatre Application Form.  Please note that this is separate from the online university application and is provided when you are invited to audition.
    • Letter of Intent, providing highlights of previous theater experience and plans for future development
    • Resume of experience

    • Small recent school photo or headshot
    • Photocopy of your high school or college transcript
    • Two letters of recommendation 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 to Montclair State University.

      Send materials and fee to:

      Kim Whittam
      Department of Theatre and Dance
      Program Admission Coordinator
      055A Life Hall
      Montclair State University
      Montclair, New Jersey 07043

  • Email confirmation of a specific time slot for a requested audition date will not be sent until the Musical Theatre Application Form and Audition Fee have been received.

  • Applicants should arrive early on the day of their scheduled appointment.
  • Unified Auditions - While applicants are strongly advised to visit the department, far-away applicants to the BFA in Acting or Musical Theatre programs may choose to participate in one of the “National Unified Auditions” as an alternative to coming to campus.

    • Students attending a Unified Audition need to provide an accompaniment CD and own method of playback. A CD player will NOT be provided.
    • There will be a one-hour dance audition as described below.
    • Students must first complete and submit an application to Montclair State University before scheduling a Unified Audition appointment.
    • Unified Audition dates and locations are displayed on the Appointment Calendar page.

Click here for the BFA Musical Theatre Handbook for more information, guidelines, and policies specific to the Musical Theatre program

Prospective students are permitted to audition for more than one program. You must attend each audition separately, but you are able to register to audition/interview for more than one program on the same day. You must also provided separate copies of the requested documents for each program. 

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Audition Preparation –

The Audition process will consist of two segments: Individual acting and vocal audition and dance placement audition. 

Individual Acting and Vocal

  • Two contrasting songs, (1) a ballad and (2) an up tempo, both from the American Musical Theatre repertoire.  At least one (1) should be from the classic period, e.g. Rogers and Hammerstein, Kern, Porter, Gershwin, Rogers and Hart, Lerner and Lowe, and the contrasting piece can be of your own choosing and could possibly include a current or contemporary selection.  Each should be no longer than 32 bars and should demonstrate your vocal best.  It is acceptable to start in the middle of a song if you so choose. Please bring sheet music in the appropriate key.
  • Two monologues, one from a realistic contemporary play, the other from a time period of your choosing. Each should be no longer than 90 seconds and offer as much contrast as possible. Choose roles in which you could be cast at this stage of your career and that show you off to your best advantage. Monologues must be memorized. All time limitations will be strictly enforced.
  • Students attending a Unified Audition need to provide an accompaniment CD and own method of playback. A CD player will NOT be provided.

Dance Placement Audition

Your dance placement class will last for one hour and will incorporate ballet and jazz technique. Please bring appropriate dance attire to allow freedom of movement, as well as ballet or jazz shoes. If not available, loose fitting attire and sneakers are acceptable (jeans and hard sole shoes are not.) If you would like to demonstrate your tap skills, please also bring your tap shoes.

Note: no applications are accepted for Spring enrollment. The BFA Musical Theatre 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

Appointment Cancellations -

Please give as much advance notice as possible if an appointment must be cancelled.  If a cancellation is necessary, you must send notice and confirm that the department acknowledges receipt of cancellation. A last-minute cancellation or failure to attend an appointment may make you ineligible to schedule a later audition.

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