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 10, 2017 in Craig Hall, Missouri State. (For current MSU and transfer students only. No BFA Dance program auditions.)
- Saturday, November 18, 2017 in Craig Hall, Missouri State. (BFA Dance program auditions only.)
- Saturday, January 13, 2018 in St. Louis, MO - venue TBD (No BFA Dance program auditions.)
- Saturday, February 10, 2018 in Kansas City, MO - venue TBD (No BFA Dance program auditions.)
- Friday-Sunday, February 23-25, 2018 in Springfield, MO, at Craig Hall on the campus of Missouri State.
- Friday, March 9, 2018 in New York, NY, at Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 8th Avenue. (No BFA Dance program auditions.)
Other dates and locations (You must apply with sponsoring organization):
o November 16 & 17: North Texas Drama Auditions - Plano, TX
o November 17 & 18: Booker T. Washington Showcase - Dallas, TX
o November 19: Moonifieds - Dallas, TX
o January 11-13: Illinois High School Theatre Festival - Normal, IL
o January 11-13: Missouri State Thespians
Video Audition Submissions policy BFA Acting and BFA Musical Theatre
To be considered for program admission, the BFA Acting and BFA Musical Theatre Programs require an in-person audition at one of the noted sites. However, in very exceptional circumstances (such as geographic restrictions, financial hardship, etc.) candidates may be granted permission to submit a video for admission consideration.
For more information about the BFA acting program audition process, contact the program coordinator.