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.
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.
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
2020-21 virtual audition dates
Register to audition with us at any on these venues by uploading your headshot and résumé through Acceptd.
January 8* – (transfer auditions) Noon - 5 p.m.
January 9* – (transfer auditions) 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
January 15 – Noon - 5 p.m.
January 16 – 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
January 22 – Noon - 5 p.m.
January 23 – 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
January 29 – Noon - 5 p.m.
January 30 – 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
February 5 – Noon - 5 p.m.
February 6 – 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
February 20 – 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
* Any potential transfer student who wants to begin classes in January 2021 is invited to submit a video via acceptd by November 15, 2020. 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.)
Big Muddy: September 18-20
STAM: September 24-26
TX Thespians: October 24, November 7, November 21, December 5
CAP: November 12-15
Moonifieds: November 17-24
MO Thespians: January 21-23
Arkansas Thespians: February 13-15
USITT: March 10-13