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Admission to BFA Acting

Major-Specific Guidelines

Currently there is NO pre-screening required for audition purposes.  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.

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:

  • Applicant should be an incoming freshman or sophomore.
  • The University application will request the following:
    • Transcripts
    • Essay response: Please discuss why you wish to study your program of choice in the College of the Arts at Montclair State. Be sure to include highlights of your experience related to your chosen academic program and how those experiences have shaped your current career goals.
    • Resume of experience
    • Small recent school photo or headshot
    • Two letters of recommendation:  One must come from a teacher, director and/or other theater professional who can speak to your potential as an Acting major. Letter should evaluate your self-discipline, attitude, motivation, creativity and potential for success in the performing arts.
    • $50 Audition fee (non-refundable)
    • Digital Audition – please submit to Portfolio section of application
    • Partner Organization audition alternative
      • Applicants submitting an audition who instead choose to participate in an audition conducted by a Partner Organization must register online for their preferred event.
          • Partner Organizations include National Unified auditions, Moonifieds, CAP, Mid-Atlantic Regional auditions and NJ Thespian Festival
          • Applicants must complete and submit an online application to Montclair State University before scheduling an audition through one of our Partner Organizations.
          • Participating Partner Organization events and dates are displayed on the Department Admission – Prospective Student Appointment Calendar
Digital Audition Preparation
  • The digital audition submission will consist of two monologues.
  • Each segment should be filmed/uploaded to your University application as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.
  • There should not be a separate “slate” video. Instead, slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece.  The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play, and the playwright.
    • Prepare two contrasting monologues (one contemporary, one classical) of not more than two minutes each.
    • All monologues should be from full length plays.
    • Please choose age appropriate material that you are passionate about, and that you have a personal connection to. 
    • Monologues should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.
    • After the faculty audition review, some applicants will be invited, by email, to schedule a zoom callback and information session.
Acceptance Criteria

The Acting audition is judged in terms of the following:

    • Presence: exhibits the ability to work with a grounded, focused awareness and an authentic use of self.
    • Connection: exhibits the ability to connect to the given circumstances and create personalization.
    • Choices: exhibits the ability to work with an objective and actions in a dynamic way.
    • Thoughts: exhibits the ability to connect to the movement of thought (questions, realizations, discoveries, decisions, etc.).
    • Point of View: exhibits an understanding of the point of view of the character.
    • Body/ Voice Application: exhibits the ability to work with a released, breathing, impulsive and dynamic instrument.


Note: no applications are accepted for Spring enrollment. The BFA Acting program can only be applied to for the Fall semester of each year.