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Applying as a new student?

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 – Due to Covid restrictions, all audition videos and portfolio materials will be reviewed online as part of the University Application.  Admission requirements vary from program to program. Click on the links below for specific program details and instructions.

Students participating in an audition event conducted by a Partner Organization are required to register for the event online after submitting a University application. 

Please note – prospective students who apply to the University through the CommonApp will receive an email from the Office of Admissions inviting them to create an MSU application portal. All audition materials should be uploaded there.

Changing your major?

Current Students seeking a Change of Major

If you are 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, email the appropriate representative below to submit an interview, audition, or portfolio review. You will be notified of the result by email.

You will be required to submit for review all of the materials that appear on the Department of Theatre and Dance Application website.

Application reviews will begin at the end of November and continue on a rolling basis.

BFA Musical Theatre

Professor Clay James

BFA Acting

Professor Heather Benton

BFA Theatre Design, Technology and Management

Professor Debra Otte

BFA/BA Dance

Lynne Grossman

Admissions Coordinator

Prospective Student Audition/Appointment Calendar

As admission to our programs is competitive, we encourage you to complete your application with special attention to the following:

  • Due to COVID restrictions, all auditions and portfolios will be reviewed digitally as part of the University application. Prospective students are not required to register for an audition or interview unless participating in a Partner Organization Event.
  • All applicants for the spring semester must submit a completed University application by November 15, 2020.
  • Freshman applicants for the fall semester should submit a completed university application by a date no later than March 1, 2021 in order to be considered for housing and financial aid.
  • Application reviews will occur on a rolling basis through approximately mid-March 2021.
  • Applications submitted after March 1, 2021 are intended for late-applying transfer applicants and University-enrolled students who wish to change their majors.

Partner Organizations Event Calendar

*Please note that  guidelines for some Partner Organizations are currently under development.


BFA, BA Dance

NYCDA (New York City Dance Alliance)

  • July 9, 2020 (Completed)

Dancewave Through College & Beyond/Virtual

    • October 16-18, 2020 
    • October 23-25, 2020



Booker T Washington Showcase/ College Auditions/Virtual


BFA Musical Theatre, BFA Acting, and BFA Design, Technology and Management

National Unified Auditions

  •  New York City – January 16 – 17, 2021
  • Chicago – February 1 – 3, 2021 
  • Los Angeles – February 6 – 7, 2021
  • For further information, visit

College Audition Prep Auditions

Moonified Auditions

Mid-Atlantic Auditions (MARCAS) – BFA Acting Program only

  • TBD


Booker T Washington Showcase/ College Auditions – BFA Acting Program only


New Jersey Thespian Festival – BFA Acting Program only


Theatre Studies

No audition is required for this program

Notification of Admission Status

Following the application review, the Department will forward its recommendation to the Admissions Office, which will notify you of your overall status .  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 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Events for Prospective Students

We encourage all applicants and prospective students to visit the campus to learn more about our programs. Please visit the Arts Days events page for more information as well as our Visit Us page.

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 offered by the University.  The following resources may be of help: