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2013-2014 Fordham Theatre Program's Audition Schedule

What Happens on Audition Day?

Theatre applicants must submit academic applications to Fordham University no later than November 8th. Please check off "Early Action" on the Common Application, but be aware that decisions will not be released until March.

Auditions and interviews must be scheduled no later than December 14, 2013.

Fordham Lincoln Center
113 West 60th St. (at Columbus Ave.), 12th Fl. Lounge

Saturday, January 25, 2014 (Closed)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Saturday, February 1, 2014 (Closed) 


Palmer House Hilton
17 E. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60603

Monday, February 3, 2014 (Closed)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 (Closed)

The Westin Los Angeles Airport

5400 West Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045

Friday, February 7, 2014 (Closed)

Saturday, February 8, 2014 (Closed)


Fall 2014 transfers are encouraged to audition/interview live at one of the audition/interview days listed above. After that time, prospective performance transfers will needto send a DVD audition. The audition form should be downloaded here, filled out, and sent with DVD.

DVD Format Accepted:

DVDs are the only acceptable format. VHS, Mini or DV tapes will NOT BE VIEWED.

Must be postmarked by:
Incoming freshmen: Monday, January 27, 2014
Transfer students: Friday, March 28, 2014

Monologue RequirEment:

Two Monologues:
One Classical (i.e. Shakespearean, Restoration, the Greeks)
One Contemporary

Time Requirement: Maximum of 1.5 minutes each for each monologue (or 3 minutes total)

Please time your monologue! We will be adhering strictly to this time limit; running over the 1 1/2 minute time limit will result in someone from the faculty cutting you off and will not reflect favorably on your audition.

The number one thing we want to tell you regarding your monologues...

Show Us What You Love

Choice of material is so important.  Choose material that you LOVE.  Choose a character and a play that you are passionate about. 

Your monologues should be selected with contrasts in mind: differences in tone (humorous or serious), language styles, and character. Mature roles are fine, but don't force it. We don't recommend, for example, that you try dialects you aren’t totally comfortable with, or to leap into a climactic moment in Greek tragedy. These choices won't tell us about you, and are hard to pull off in an audition situation. Think about your widest acting range as it is now, and show us that.  If your selections are physically active, that's even better.

PLEASE NOTE: Singing will not be required at the audition. Musical Theatre is a very small component of the Fordham program; the curriculum provides one musical theatre course. Students interested in musical theatre can supplement their Fordham training with dance courses at Alvin Ailey for up to four Fordham credits (call Undergraduate Admission at 212-636-6710 for more information). There are also many excellent dance studios within a close proximity of the Lincoln Center Campus. Students interested in continuing their vocal training also have many options throughout the city.

What to Expect on Audition Day

New York City Auditions:

The New York City auditions are held at Fordham’s Lincoln Center Campus (113 W. 60th Street, NYC). Each audition day begins at 10:00 AM. You will be e-mailed a confirmation of your audition time. (Auditions are scheduled every five minutes throughout the day). Please be early for your audition. We will make every attempt to stay on schedule, but please be prepared to stay if we run late. You can expect to stay between a half-hour and three hours, depending on if you participate in the Q & A session and/or take a tour of the campus and dorms.

TheQ & A session, each day, will begin at 1:00 PM (and last until approximately 1:45 PM). This is a time when the theatre faculty will talkwith parents and prospective students about the theatre program.

Prospective students will also have an opportunity to talk with our Theatre Ambassadors about the program while you wait for your appointment time. The Ambassadors will also periodically be giving tours of the school and the dorms throughout the day. Sarah Dougan from the Office of Undergraduate Admission will be present as well to answer any questions you have regarding admission, housing, and financial aid.

On the audition day, you will be auditioning for two or more of the following theatre faculty:

MATTHEW MAGUIRE, Theatre Program Director

TINA BENKO, Acting Faculty

GEORGE DRANCE, Artist In Residence, Acting Faculty

DANIEL ALEXANDER JONES, Acting Faculty and Head of the Playwriting Program

ELIZABETH MARGID, ActingFaculty and Head of the Directing Program

CARLA JACKSON, Theatre Program Administrator

DAWN SAITO, Artist In Residence, Acting Faculty, and Teacher of Movement


We will give you specific information when we send your confirmation email. This information will include audition location, time, etc. Please be early for your audition. We will make every attempt to stay on schedule, but please be prepared to stay if we run late. You can expect to stay approximately a half hour to 45 minutes depending on schedule.


To schedule your audition, please click here. The deadline for scheduling your audition is December 14, 2013.

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