The Western alumna starred in two Broadway productions within a month—first as John Adams in a groundbreaking reboot of the Tony Award-winning musical "1776" and then reprising her Lucille Lortel Award-winning role as Passenger 5 when hit comedy "Ain't No Mo'" made its debut Broadway run in November.
To complete your application for the B.F.A. Acting program, you will need to :
Upload a current digital photo and acting resume
Provide email addresses for two references (teachers, directors) who know your work
Know your current grade point average (GPA)
You may audition virtually or in person.
In-person audition process
What you will need for the audition:
Each auditionee is expected to prepare two monologues, each about a minute in length. (For more tips, please see the "Tips on preparation and selection of material" tab below).
Bring two sets of clothing to the audition day. You will wear one set of clothing for the monologue audition and one set of movement clothes for the callback. You may wear your movement clothing to the interview—no need to change.
First round: Monologue audition
The first part of the audition process is a traditional monologue audition. Introduce yourself with:
The title of the play your monologue is from
The name of the playwright
Perform one of your two prepared monologues for the panel of performance faculty. There will be a timer—don’t worry if you get cut off!
Following your monologue audition, you will be informed if you have been called back or not. If you are called back, you will be scheduled for a second group movement audition later in the day. If you are not called back, you are free to leave at that time.
Second round: Group Movement Callback
You will change into your movement clothes (clothing that is nonbinding, allows free movement and in which you are comfortable rolling around on the floor) for this round.
Be prepared to “play.” This means you are fully available, physically and mentally, to explore the creative possibilities of performance.
The Group Movement Callback is an opportunity for you to work directly with performance faculty who will be leading you and your group through a series of exercises exploring your physical and creative capabilities. This is not about “acting” or “putting on an act” but about you as an individual exploring the range of imagination and creativity you bring to your work. There is no right or wrong way to do these activities. What matters is willing and authentic participation.
This callback is not a test, an improvisation or a performance. It is more like playing games, with performance faculty as the leaders. It is a chance for us all to get to know each other a little better as creative and enthusiastic artists.
Third round: Interview
After the Group Movement Callback, you may be invited to an interview. An invitation to an interview does not necessarily mean you will or will not be admitted.
The panel of performance faculty will meet with each individual student. The content of your interview may vary according to the monologue audition, your performance in the group movement callback or the details of your academic record or performance experience.
For example, you may be asked to work on one specific thing from the monologue you did in the morning. You may be asked to do your second monologue. You may be asked specific questions about the Group Movement Callback or about your education or experience.
You will also have the opportunity to ask the faculty any questions you may have.
Our goal in the audition process is to get to know each auditionee’s personality and potential, as well as share the strengths and opportunities available in our program.
We want the best possible match, for us and for you, so that you may select the program best suited to develop your individual artistic voice.
Virtual audition process
You’ll prepare two video submissions for your first-round virtual audition.
First: Prepare and submit a video monologue audition of two contrasting pieces (see below for guidance on selection and preparation). Your video should allow you to be clearly seen and heard and be no longer than two minutes total. Film in landscape mode with your frame capturing you from the waist up.
Second: Submit a video of yourself telling us something you feel we should know about YOU! This video should be no longer than one minute.
Submit these videos through the Acceptd portal.
We will hold virtual callbacks via Zoom. This is an opportunity for us to work with you on your material, get to know your artistry better and for you to have a clearer sense of how we work. On your callback day, you will have the opportunity to speak to some of our current students and attend a "virtual tour" of our facilities. You will also have the opportunity to ask the faculty any questions you may have.
Our goal is to nurture each student's personality and potential, as well as share the strengths and opportunities of our program. We want the best possible match, so that you may select the program best suited to develop your individual voice.