Acting Audition Information

Advancing your acting skills

Admission to the BFA acting program is competitive. Each year, approximately 16 students are accepted for the BFA acting track option. While exceptional talent is important, it's also important to note that 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.

Audition purpose

The audition process provides us with an opportunity to evaluate your potential and our ability to educate you with respect to a career in theatre, film, and television. The process also affords you the chance to decide if our program is best suited to your goals and abilities.

Audition protocol

The audition for the acting track option in the BFA theatre and dance program will include the following activities:

  • Warm-up — You may be asked to participate in a group warm-up session. Utilize the warm-up to relax and engage.
  • Monologues — Prepare two contrasting monologues, not to exceed a combined total of three minutes. These selections should not require props. They should be appropriate to your age and type, and be prepared and memorized. Please review the Audition Preparation Guide for helpful suggestions.
  • Interviews — Following your monologues, you will be interviewed by members of the faculty to discuss your skills and interests. The interview will allow you to talk informally with faculty and discover what Missouri State University and you have to offer one another.
  • Parent chat — During the auditions at some locations, 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 choices and/or characters of your audition pieces
  • Re-perform one of your audition pieces with defined adjustments
  • Ask the interviewers some questions relating to the acting program at Missouri State

2021-22 virtual audition dates

Register to audition with us at any on these dates by uploading your headshot and résumé through Acceptd.

November 12* – (transfer auditions IN PERSON) Noon - 4 p.m.

January 14 – 9 a.m. - Noon

January 15 – 9 a.m. - Noon

January 28 – 9 a.m. - Noon

January 29 – 9 a.m. - Noon

February 11 – 9 a.m. - Noon

February 12 – 9 a.m. - Noon

* Any potential transfer student who wants to begin classes in January 2022 is invited to submit a video via acceptd by November 12, 2021. Faculty will reach out if they need follow up materials. ​​​​​​

Other virtual recruitment locations and dates

We will have a presence at these other events. (You must apply with the sponsoring organization.)

STAM: September 23-25
txETA: September 29-October 2
Pittsburgh Unifieds: October 8-10
CAP: November 10-14
Moonifieds: November 18-21
TX Thespians: November 18-20
Illinois High School Theatre Festival: January 6-8
MO Thespians: January 20-22
Chicago Unifieds: February 7-10
Arkansas Thespians: February 10-12

Video audition submissions policy for 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 through the Acceptd application process.

For more information about the BFA audition process, contact the program coordinator.