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Auditions must be scheduled no later than December 15.

Audition Dates

October 18, 2014 New York, NY (transfers only)
December 6, 2014 New York, NY
January 24, 2015 New York, NY
January 25, 2015 New York, NY
January 31, 2015 New York, NY
February 2, 2015 Chicago, IL
February 3, 2015 Chicago, IL
February 6, 2015 Los Angeles, CA
February 7, 2015 Los Angeles, CA

Please use our Performance audition calendar in order to schedule your audition.

Requirements and Guidelines

Please follow these requirements and guidelines as you prepare for your audition. If you have a headshot and resume, once you have applied to Fordham University, please upload your materials, at least two weeks in advance of your audition, to our portfolio hub:

To submit headshot/resume materials

1. You must submit an application for admission to Fordham University BEFORE you submit audition materials. You will not have access to our portfolio hub before submitting your admission application. You may find details on application deadlines and applying to Fordham on the Undergraduate Admission page.

2. You must upload all audition materials via the Online Applicant Portal. You will receive credentials to log into the Online Applicant Portal only after the Office of Admission has acknowledged receipt of your admission application via email.

3. Once you log into the Online Applicant Portal, find the section on Portfolio and click on the link Edit portfolio.

4. After uploading your materials, you will see a link prompting you to Edit Details on each piece. We encourage you to enter the title of your work and mark your representative work as such.

5. Do not mail DVDs or any other hard copy interview materials to Fordham, as we no longer accept any materials submitted via any other method but the Online Applicant Portal.

6. If you cannot make any of the audition dates, you may upload a video using the above portal instructions. Incoming freshmen and transfer students, your video must be uploaded by Monday, January 26, 2015. Please note, we highly encourage you to attend one of the live auditions, if possible.

Please also (not instead of) bring your headshot and resume to your audition.

Monologue Information

In addition, Performance Track Auditions require two monologues as described below.
  • ● One Classical Monologue (i.e. Shakespearean, Restoration, the Greeks)
  • ● One Contemporary Monologue
Each monologue should be a maximum of 1.5 minutes long (3 minutes total). Please time your monologues as you prepare for your audition! Our faculty will cut you off if you exceed the time limit and this will not reflect favorably on your audition.

The number one thing we want to tell you regarding your monologues is to 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 is not required at the audition. Please see the Performance Major page for more information about musical theatre opportunities at Fordham.

Audition days begin at 10:00 AM; auditions are scheduled every five minutes throughout the day. After you schedule your audition online you will receive an e-mail confirmation of your audition time. Please be early for your audition. We will make every attempt to stay on schedule, but please be prepared to stay later than your scheduled time should we run late. You should plan to stay for 30-45 minutes for your audition.

At the New York City audition, you will also have the opportunity to talk with our Theatre Ambassadors about the program while you wait for your appointment time. The Ambassadors also give tours of the school and the dorms throughout the day.

In addition, we offer the option to attend a Fordham Theatre Q&A session. The Q&A session will begin each day at 1:00 PM and is approximately 45 minutes long. This is a time when the Theatre faculty will talk with parents and prospective students about the Theatre program. A representative from the Office of Undergraduate Admission will also be present to answer any questions you have regarding admission, housing, and financial aid.

You will audition 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, Acting Faculty and Head of the Directing Program
CARLA JACKSON, Theatre Program Administrator
DAWN SAITO, Artist In Residence, Acting Faculty, and Teacher of Movement

During your Regional interview (Chicago or Los Angeles), you will meet with the following Theatre faculty:
MATTHEW MAGUIRE, Theatre Program Director, Head of the Performance Track
CARLA JACKSON, Theatre Program Administrator

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