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

Audition dates and locations

Friday, November 9:
On campus auditions (Acting/MT/Dance) – this is for current MSU students or transfer students ONLY!

Saturday, January 12:
Kansas City, MO (Acting/MT/Dance/DTSM)
Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown (Salon B & C)
1301 Wyandotte St.

Sunday, February 3:
Chicago, IL (Acting/MT)
Hyatt Regency (Columbian Room)
151 East Wacker Drive

Monday, February 4:
Chicago, IL (Acting/MT)
Hyatt Regency (Columbian Room)
151 East Wacker Drive

Tuesday, February 5:
Chicago, IL (Acting/MT)
Hyatt Regency (Columbian Room)
151 East Wacker Drive

Saturday, February 9:
St. Louis, MO,  (Acting/MT)
Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Louis Downtown (Laurel C & Mercantile Room)
610 North 7th Street

Friday, February 22:
Springfield, MO (Acting/MT/Dance/DTSM)
Missouri State campus

Saturday, February 23:
Springfield, MO (Acting/MT/Dance/DTSM)
Missouri State campus

Sunday, February 24:
Springfield, MO (Acting/MT/Dance/DTSM)
Missouri State campus

Saturday, March 9:
New York, NY (Acting/MT)
Ripley-Grier Studios

Wednesday, April 17:
Los Angeles, CA (Acting/MT)

Other dates and locations

You must apply with sponsoring organization.

Thursday, November 15: North Texas Drama Auditions, Collin College, Plano, TX (Acting/MT)

Friday, November 16: North Texas Drama Auditions, Collin College, Plano, TX (Acting/MT)

Saturday, November 17: Booker T. Washington Showcase, Dallas, TX (Acting/MT)

Sunday, November 18: Moonifieds, Dallas, TX (Acting/MT)

November 30–December 2: CAP United Audition, Atlanta, GA (MT)

January 10-12:  Missouri Thespians, Kansas City, MO (ALL PROGRAMS IN ATTENDANCE)

January 13: Talent on Parade, Kansas City, MO (DANCE ONLY)

January 13: Talent on Parade, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS (DANCE ONLY)

January 18: NYC Combines, New York, New York (Acting/MT)

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 through Acceptd.

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