Marymount Manhattan

Department of
Theatre Arts

How to prepare for your audition?

Design & Technical Production and Producing & Management

Students should present portfolios, prompt books, photographs, drawings, models and other appropriate support materials. They are invited to attend Friday design and producing classes, and may also attend the Theatre Arts information session on Saturday afternoon.

Directing, Writing for the Stage, and Theatre Studies

Prospective Directors should bring rehearsal scripts, prompt books, research, writing samples, photographs and other support materials. Students interested in Directing must participate in the Acting Audition.

Prospective students in Writing for the Stage and Theatre Studies are only required to submit material and interview if they would like to be considered for a Competitive Theatre Scholarship. Required materials should be uploaded to Acceptd.

BFA in Acting and BA in Theatre Arts

Please decide by the day of your audition if you wish to be considered for only the BFA in Acting, only the Theatre Performance concentration of the BA in Theatre Arts, or for both programs.

Acting Auditions are conducted as a sample class and consist of three parts: a vocal and physical warm-up, presentations of prepared monologues, and an informal interview with the Theatre Arts faculty and other auditionees. Please dress nicely, but in attire in which you can move freely. Prospective students must present one 2-minute contemporary (written after 1945) monologue that best demonstrates their abilities.

Audition material must be selected from published plays; please do not audition with original material. Choose a monologue that you connect with personally and that demonstrates your abilities. Do not prepare monologues that are caricature or extremely broad comedy, or material that requires an accent. If you need suggestions, consult our list of recommended monologues or telephone Theatre Admissions at 212-774-0767 for advice. Pictures and resumes are recommended but are not required.

Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre auditions are also conducted as a sample class. Please prepare an up-tempo and a ballad from the standard musical theatre repertoire - no pop operas or rock tunes. Prepare both songs in their entirety, however, you will probably sing from only one. Knowing two complete songs means that you have more prepared if the faculty needs to hear additional material. Please prepare a 16 bar cut from each song. For sopranos, the 16 bar cut should show your best vocal range and personality, your “best self.” For belters, the 16 bar cut should show how high you can belt (your money note), and the choice should reflect your “best self.” Same for baritones and tenors, if you have two voices in which you can sing, we need you to prepare two songs. Although you need to know the two songs in their entirety, please realize that you will probably only present the prepared 16 bar cuts.

The Musical Theatre Audition is not simply “testing voices” - we are looking at the entire performance of the selection (remember that acting counts!) An accompanist is provided; please bring sheet music. Audition tapes are not allowed. Students must be admitted to the BA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Theatre Performance to pursue the Musical Theatre Minor.


  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/40-kevin-connell"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/200/height/235/crop/1/src_region/0,0,427,427/9370_facebook_day_of_shoot_copy.jpg" alt="Kevin Connell" title="Kevin Connell" class="lw_image" width="200" height="235"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_header">Get to know:</div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/40-kevin-connell">Kevin Connell</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_type"><p> Professor of Theatre Arts<br/> Recruiter for Theatre Arts</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_description">KEVIN CONNELL is currently a Professor of Theatre Arts at Marymount Manhattan College, where he serves as Coordinator of Junior and Senior Acting and Recruiter for the Department of Theatre Arts. He attended The Ohio State University (B.F.A.) and the University of California, San Diego (M.F.A.).</div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/43-david-mold"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/200/height/235/crop/1/src_region/0,32,1000,1032/3896_mmc_13-09-09_003.jpg" alt="David Mold" title="David Mold" class="lw_image" width="200" height="235"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_header">Get to know:</div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/43-david-mold">David Mold</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_type"><p> Professor of Theatre Arts<br/> Chair, Division of Fine and Performing Arts</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_description">Professor Mold is the Chair of the Division of Fine & Performing Arts. Courses he teaches include Acting I (THTR 211/212), Acting II (THTR 341/342), The Business of Acting (THTR 318), Theatre Production Workshop (THTR 343), and Directing III (THTR 406). MMC stage directing credits include Bogosian’s suburbia, Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba, The Seagull by Chekhov, Miller’s The Crucible, Paul Green and Richard Wright’s Native Son: The Biography of a Young American (an adaptation of Wright’s novel), John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath adapted by Frank Galati, George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara, Sam Shepard’s Geography of a Horse Dreamer, Lynn Nottage’s Ruined, Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman’s Stage Door, and Shakespeare’s Pericles. Professor Mold served as the first elected vice president of the College’s Faculty Council from 2007-2010. He is also active in higher education as a consultant in program review for fine and performing arts departments, completing such reviews for Iona College and York College, CUNY.</div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/42-mary-fleischer"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/200/height/235/crop/1/src_region/0,50,1556,1606/2054_mf_portrait_8-13.jpg" alt="Mary Fleischer" title="Mary Fleischer" class="lw_image" width="200" height="235"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_header">Get to know:</div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/42-mary-fleischer">Mary Fleischer</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_type"><p> Professor of Theatre Arts<br/> Chair, Department of Theatre Arts</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_description">Mary Fleischer is a Professor of Theatre Arts, serves as Chair of the Theatre Arts Department, and teaches courses in directing, dramatic literature, performance theory and history, and producing. She holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and her interdisciplinary interests have inspired performance and research activities, including her book, Embodied Texts: Symbolist Playwright-Dancer Collaborations. She received the MMC Teaching Excellence Award in 2005.</div>
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  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/45-richard-niles"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/200/height/235/crop/1/src_region/0,26,1602,1628/5853_richard-niles-color.jpg" alt="Richard Niles" title="Richard Niles" class="lw_image" width="200" height="235"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_header">Get to know:</div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/45-richard-niles">Richard Niles</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_type"><p> Professor of Theatre Arts</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_description"> </div>
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