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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 – You will have the opportunity to schedule an appointment once you submit a University application. 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. Students will have the opportunity to register online for an audition as part of the University application. You will receive an email confirming your audition date and time once you have submitted your application.
Changing your major?

Current Students seeking a 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 appropriate representative below to schedule an interview, audition, or portfolio review. You will be notified of the decision by email.

Applying to:

Contact Theatre Auditions Coordinator Kim Whittam
Life Hall 055A

Applying to:

Dance Education
BFA Dance

Contact Dance Auditions Coordinator Lynne Grossman
Life Hall 225

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 2018 – Spring 2019

Within one day of submitting the university application, applicants will be emailed information regarding how to sign up for an audition with the Department of Theatre & Dance.

note: Please schedule your appointment online in accordance with sent instructions.

Acting (Saturdays)
January 26, 2019

February 2, 2019

February 16, 2019

February 23, 2019

March 23, 2019

April 6, 2019

Theatre Studies
No audition is required for this program
Musical Theatre (Saturdays)
January 26, 2019

February 2, 2019

February 16, 2019

February 23, 2019

March 23, 2019

Production and Design (Saturdays)
January 26, 2019

February 2, 2019

February 16, 2019

February 23, 2019

March 23, 2019

Dance, BFA BA (Tuesdays)
Nov 6, 2018
Dec 4, 2018
Jan 29, 2019
Feb 19, 2019
March 19, 2019
April 9, 2019

Off-Campus Auditions Fall 2018 – Spring 2019

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” after completing their University application. The dates and locations are listed below.

New York City
Jan 19-20, 2019
Feb 4-7, 2019
Los Angeles
Feb 9-10, 2019

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 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: