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Prospective Students

 Prospective First-Year and transfer students MUST:

  1. Submit their application through the Common Application or the Marymount Manhattan College Website prior to scheduling an audition or interview. 
  2. To schedule an audition students will be given access to their Admissions Portal.
  3. Note: Your transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation can be submitted at a later date, and do not need to be marked as complete in order to schedule an audition.

SCHEDULING YOUR AUDITION or INTERVIEW

For all prospective freshmen and transfers, once you have submitted your Application for Admission you will have access to the Theatre Audition Form on your Admissions Portal where you will be able to select an audition/interview date. 

Auditions are available on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to schedule your audition as soon as possible. Please do not make travel arrangements until your audition has been confirmed.

We recommend that applicants attend an on-campus audition/interview, but also offer regional audition/interviews and digital audition options. Please see below for specific criteria.

An audition is required for students interested in the following programs:

  • Acting (B.F.A.)
  • Musical Theatre (B.F.A) *
  • Directing (B.A.)

    *Applicants to the B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, should they not pass the singing portion of the Musical Theatre audition, are also evaluated by faculty for admission to the B.F.A. in Acting as part of the acting audition for Musical Theatre.

 An interview is required for students interested in the following programs:

  • Theatre Design and Technology (B.F.A.)
  • Producing & Management (B.A.)
  • Writing for the Stage (B.A.)

 For prospective students interested in the following concentrations, a secondary online application must be submitted through the Admissions Portal checklist.

  • Theatre and New Media (B.A.)
  • Theatre History and Performance Texts (B.A.)

Audition/Interview Information

  • ON-CAMPUS Auditions

    NEW YORK CITY Audition Dates

    ( No Prescreen Criteria is required .)

    November 16, 2019

    January 18, 2020

    January 25, 2020

    February 1, 2020

    February 8, 2020

    February 22, 2020 (Transfer & Current Students ONLY )


    Acting (B.F.A.), Requirements

    (Applicants to the BFA in Acting program will be required to prepare the following audition materials for their in-person audition.)

    • Headshot
    • Resume
    • One contemporary monologue, no longer than 2 minutes in length (from a published play written during the 20th Century-present)
    • Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies

    Musical Theatre (B.F.A.), Requirements

    (Applicants to the Musical Theatre program will be required to prepare the following audition materials for their in-person audition.)

    • Headshot
    • Resume
    • Two contrasting songs, each 60-90 seconds in length (One song should be a ballad and one song should be an uptempo)
    • One contemporary monologue, no longer than 2 minutes in length (from a published play written during the 20th Century-present)
    • Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies

    Directing (B.A.), Requirements

    (Applicants to the Directing program will be required to complete an interview as part of the audition on their selected audition day.)

    • Headshot
    • Resume
    • Portfolio of work (prompt books, scripts analyses, character analyses, conceptual ideas, floor plans, blocking notes, production photographs, or any additional production paperwork, etc.)
    • One contemporary monologue, no longer than 2 minutes in length (from a published play written during the 20th Century-present)
    • Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies
  • ON-CAMPUS Interviews

    NEW YORK CITY Interviews

    (No pre-screen is required.)

    November 15, 2019

    January 17, 2020

    January 24, 2020

    January 31, 2020

    February 7, 2020

    February 21, 2020


    Theatre Design and Technology (B.F.A.), Requirements

    (Applicants to the Design and Technical Theatre program will be required to prepare the following materials for their in-person interview.)

    • Resume
    • Portfolio of work (sketches, renderings, production photos, models, additional fine art work, etc.)
    • Please be prepared to talk about anything that speaks to who you are as a Designer and Theatre Artist.

    Producing and Management (B.A.), Requirements

    (Applicants to the Producing and Management program will be required to prepare the following materials for their in-person interview.)

    • Resume
    • Portfolio of work (prompt books, prop tracking, run books, rehearsal reports, any additional design work or production paperwork, etc.)
    • Be prepared to talk about anything that speaks to who you are as a Stage Manager and Theatre Artist.

    Writing for the Stage (B.A.), Requirements

    (Applicants to the Writing for the Stage program will be required to prepare the following materials for their in-person interview.)

    • Resume
    • Portfolio of work (full length or one-act play samples, creative writing samples, poetry, etc.)
    • Be prepared to talk about anything that speaks to who you are as a Playwright and Theatre Artist.
  • REGIONAL Auditions

    REGIONAL Auditions

    (Pre-Screen is required. Regional auditions are only offered to those interested in Acting and Musical Theatre.)

    San Francisco: 

    January 6, 2020

    January 7, 2020

    In order to be considered for a regional audition slot a student must: 

    1. Submit required Prescreen materials through the Admissions Portal. Prescreen materials are due by Friday, December 6, 2020. However, it is in an applicant’s best interest to submit these materials as soon as possible. Regional audition dates tend to fill up by mid-November.
    2. Once the faculty has reviewed your prescreen material, applicants will be notified as to whether they will be granted a regional audition. Please do not make travel arrangements until your audition has been confirmed via email. 
    3. More information about regional audition days will be provided in your confirmation email.

    PRESCREEN REQUIREMENTS

    Marymount Manhattan College is a participant in the Musical Theatre Common PreScreen for the 2019-2020 cycle.

    B.F.A. in Musical Theatre Prescreen:

    OVERALL
    Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.

    SLATE

    • There should not be a separate “slate” video, rather slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece.
    • The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the title,and show in which it appears.
    • The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play,and the playwright

    SONGS
    Students should prepare 2-contrasting pieces:

    • One song should be a ballad and one song should be an uptempo.
    • Each song file should be 60-90 seconds (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)
    • Songs should be filmed in a ¾ shot which means the top of the head to the knees should be visible in the frame.

    MMC Musical Theatre Program requires OPTION A:

    • One song should be written prior to 1970. This song can be either the uptempo or the ballad (student’s choice).
    • One song should be written after 1970 and contrast the style of the first.

    MONOLOGUES

    • Monologues must be from a published play. 
    • Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.
    • Each monologue file should be 60-90 seconds in length (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)

    MMC Musical Theatre Program requires OPTION A :

    • 1, 60-90 second contemporary monologue (written during the 20th Century-present) from a published play. This time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds.
    • Contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.

    WILD CARD VIDEO 

    • This video should be approximately 2 minutes in length and should include: a formal introduction, why you are interested in Marymount Manhattan College, and your interests outside of theatre/anything else you would like us to know about you. 

    DANCE (Not Required)


    B.F.A. in Acting Criteria:

    OVERALL
    Each piece should be filmed/uploaded as a separate piece of media. No continuous videos.

    SLATE

    • There should not be a separate “slate” video, rather slates are to appear at the beginning of each piece.
    • The proper slate for a song is to share your name, the title,and show in which it appears.
    • The proper slate for a monologue is to share your name, the title of the play,and the playwright

    MONOLOGUES

    • Monologues must be from a published play. 
    • Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies.
    • Each monologue file should be 60-90 seconds in length (this time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds)

    The B.F.A. Acting Program at MMC requires OPTION A :

    • 1, 60-90 second contemporary monologue (written during the 20th Century-present) from a published play. This time limit includes the slate at the beginning of the piece and is strictly adhered to; please do not upload media files longer than 90 seconds.
    • Contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.

    WILD CARD VIDEO 

    • This video should be approximately 2 minutes in length and should include: a formal introduction, why you are interested in Marymount Manhattan College, and your interests outside of theatre/anything else you would like us to know about you. 
  • DIGITAL Audition/Interview Requirements

    DIGITAL AUDITION/INTERVIEW REQUIREMENTS

    (Digital Auditions must be submitted by March 6th, 2020 for program consideration.)

    Musical Theatre (B.F.A.)

    • Headshot
    • Resume
    • Two contrasting songs, each 60-90 seconds in length (One song should be a ballad and one song should be an uptempo)
    • One contemporary monologue, no longer than 2 minutes in length (from a published play written during the 20th Century-present)
    • Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies
    • Wild Card Video: This video should be approximately 2 minutes in length and should include: a formal introduction, why you are interested in Marymount Manhattan College, and your interests outside of theatre/anything else you would like us to know about you. 

    Acting (B.F.A.)

    • Headshot
    • Resume
    • One contemporary monologue, no longer than 2 minutes in length (from a published play written during the 20th Century-present)
    • Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies
    • Wild Card Video: This video should be approximately 2 minutes in length and should include: a formal introduction, why you are interested in Marymount Manhattan College, and your interests outside of theatre/anything else you would like us to know about you. 

    Directing (B.A.) 

    • Headshot
    • Resume
    • Portfolio of work (prompt books, scripts analyses, character analyses, conceptual ideas, floor plans, blocking notes, production photographs, or any additional production paperwork, etc.)
    • One contemporary monologue, no longer than 2 minutes in length (from a published play written during the 20th Century-present)
    • Monologues cannot be from musicals, television shows, or movies
    • Wild Card Video: This video should be approximately 2 minutes in length and should include: a formal introduction, why you are interested in Marymount Manhattan College, and your interests outside of theatre/anything else you would like us to know about you. 

    Theatre Design and Technology (B.F.A.)

    • Resume
    • Portfolio of work 
      • For Designers your portfolio should include the following: (sketches, renderings, production photos, models, additional fine art work, etc.
    • Wild Card Video: This video should be approximately 2 minutes in length and should include: a formal introduction, why you are interested in Marymount Manhattan College, and your interests outside of theatre/anything else you would like us to know about you. 

    Producing & Management (B.A.) 

    • Resume
    • Portfolio of work 
      • For Producing and Management your portfolio should include the following: (prompt books, prop tracking, run books, rehearsal reports, any additional design work or production paperwork, etc.)
    • Wild Card Video: This video should be approximately 2 minutes in length and should include: a formal introduction, why you are interested in Marymount Manhattan College, and your interests outside of theatre/anything else you would like us to know about you. 

    Writing for the Stage (B.A.) 

    • Resume
    • Portfolio of work (full length or one-act play samples, creative writing samples, poetry, etc.)
    • Be prepared to talk about anything that speaks to who you are as a Playwright and Theatre Artist
    • Wild Card Video: This video should be approximately 2 minutes in length and should include: a formal introduction, why you are interested in Marymount Manhattan College, and your interests outside of theatre/anything else you would like us to know about you. 

Scholarships

(All applicants who complete their application to the Theatre program are automatically considered for the Fine and Performing Arts Merit Scholarship. Applicants may also receive an Academic Merit Scholarship which can be stacked with the FAPA Merit Scholarship.)

Fine and Performing Arts Merit Scholarships may be awarded in both the BA in Theatre Arts and the BFA in Acting, based on the audition/interview. Your Admissions file to the College must be completed in the Admissions Office by March 6, 2020 to be considered for a Fine and Performing Arts Merit Scholarship. Any Admissions file completed after this date will be considered for a Fine and Performing Arts Merit Scholarship based on remaining funds available. No additional written application is required for Fine and Performing Arts Merit Scholarships.


RE-AUDITION PROCESS

Students who were not accepted into the Theatre Arts programs after their first audition may not audition again. Those who did not audition prior to attendance at MMC are eligible to audition during the Spring semester of their first year. 


Higher education opportunity program

Prospective Theatre students who are HEOP applicants are encouraged to apply to the HEOP program by December 15, 2020 and schedule their Theatre Arts audition/interview as early as possible.  For more information on the HEOP program, please refer to the HEOP page. 


Want to know more or schedule a class visit? Contact Theatre Recruitment and Admissions at theatre@mmm.edu or call 212-774-0767.

If you’d like to speak with Kevin Kemler, Assistant Director of FAPA Admissions, email kkemler@mmm.edu or call 212-517-0514.

We look forward to speaking with you!