Advancing your acting skills
Admission to the BFA acting program is competitive. Each year about 12-14 students, ranging in experience level, are accepted for the acting track option. While exceptional talent is certainly appreciated, the department is not always looking for readiness for the profession, but the readiness to train for the profession.
During your audition experience the department encourages you to:
- Leave your ego at the door, be yourself
- Be giving to your audition colleagues
- Allow the day to be an enjoyable one
If you are interested in applying for both the BFA acting and BFA musical theatre programs, please view the musical theatre audition page and follow the audition protocol.
The purpose of this audition process is to provide us with an opportunity to evaluate your training and our ability to educate you with respect to a career in the theatre. The process is also designed to afford you the chance to decide if this program is best suited to your goals and abilities.
The audition for the acting track option in the BFA theatre and dance program will include the following activities:
- Monologues — Prepare two contrasting monologues from plays, not to exceed a combined total of three minutes. These selections should be drawn from contemporary, published theatre literature and should not require props. The selections should be appropriate to your age and type, and be prepared and memorized. Please review the Audition Preparation Guide for helpful suggestions.
- Interviews — You will be interviewed by members of the faculty to discuss your skills and interests. An interview will allow you to talk informally with a faculty member and to discover what Missouri State University and you have to offer each other.
- Improvisation — You may be asked to participate in a group improvisational session. The improvisation segment is designed to illustrate your ability to believe in imaginary circumstances, to live/respond in the moment and your participatory demeanor within a group context.
- Attire — During the monologue segment, you should wear appropriate audition attire (no hats please). For the group improvisation, please wear clothes that allow you to move freely and comfortably. You will have time to change between the improvisation and monologue segments.
- Parent chat — During the auditions, parents are invited to meet with department faculty for a question and answer session.
- Student chat — You will have an opportunity to talk with current MSU students about student life and the department.
Additional audition considerations
Audition personnel may ask you to perform one or more of the following tasks and may ask that some of these tasks be completed within specific guidelines or conditions:
- Briefly discuss the plays and/or characters of your audition pieces
- Perform a simple physical task without words
- Re-perform one of your audition pieces with a different set of goals and conditions
- Ask the interviewers some questions relating to the acting program at Missouri State
Audition dates and locations
- Friday November 11, 2016 in Craig Hall, Missouri State. (For current MSU students or transfers only. No BFA Dance program auditions.)
- Saturday, January 14, 2017 in St. Louis, MO, at Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Louis Downtown, 610 North 7th Street
- Saturday, February 11, 2017 in Kansas City, MO, at Crowne Plaza Downtown, 1301 Wyandotte Street (No BFA Dance program auditions.)
- Friday-Sunday, February 24–26, 2017 in Springfield, MO, at Craig Hall on the campus of Missouri State. (No BFA Dance program auditions.)
- Only a few sessions are left on Sunday, Feb. 26.
- Friday, March 10, 2017 in New York, NY, at Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 8th Avenue. (No BFA Dance program auditions.)
- Monday, April 10, 2017 in Burbank, CA, at TBD. (No BFA Dance program auditions.)
Other dates and locations (You must register with sponsoring organization to be seen):
o November 17 & 18: North Texas Drama Auditions, Plano, TX
o November 18 & 19: BTWHSPVA College Showcase, Dallas, TX
o November 20: Moonifieds, Dallas, TX
o January 5-7: Illinois Thespians, Champagne Urbana, IL
o January 12-14: Missouri Thespians, St. Louis, MO
o January 19-21: Combined College Theatre Auditions, New York, NY
o February 3-4: Oklahoma State Thespian Festival, Tulsa, OK
o February 9-11: Arkansas Thespian Festival, AR
For more information about the BFA acting program audition process, contact the program coordinator.