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 will 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, 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 10, 2017 in Craig Hall, Missouri State. (For current MSU and transfer students only. No BFA Dance program auditions.) Registration deadline: October 27.
- Saturday, November 18, 2017 in Craig Hall, Missouri State. (BFA Dance program auditions only.) Registration deadline: November 17.
- Saturday, January 13, 2018 in St. Louis, MO - Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Louis Downtown (No BFA Dance program auditions.) Registration deadline: December 30.
- Saturday, February 10, 2018 in Kansas City, MO - venue TBD (No BFA Dance program auditions.) Registration deadline: January 31.
- Friday-Sunday, February 23-25, 2018 in Springfield, MO, at Craig Hall on the campus of Missouri State. Registration deadline: February 9.
- Friday, March 9, 2018 in New York, NY, at Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 8th Avenue. (No BFA Dance program auditions.) Registration deadline: February 27.
- Monday, April 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA - venue TBD (BFA Acting program auditions only.) Registration deadline: March 26.
Other dates and locations
(You must apply with sponsoring organization.
- November 16 and 17: North Texas Drama Auditions - Plano, TX
- November 17 and 18: Booker T. Washington Showcase - Dallas, TX
- November 19: Moonifieds - Dallas, TX
- January 11-13: Illinois High School Theatre Festival - Normal, IL
- 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.