Admission, Auditions, and Interviews
The Fordham Theatre Program is an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree that offers four areas of study for theatre majors: Performance, Design and Production (D&P), Playwriting, and Directing.
Along with your University application, we ask prospective Theatre Program students for additional information that aligns with each of the four Concentrations. There are three steps to providing this information:
Submit your application for admission to Fordham University.
Once you have applied, you will receive credentials to log into the Online Applicant Portal after the Office of Admissions has acknowledged receipt of your admission application via email. Once you receive your credentials, please log into the Online Applicant Portal and find the section called Portfolio or Materials. This is where you will upload your pre-screening materials.
Prepare and submit your materials for your pre-screening application to the Fordham Theatre Program.
Select one of the four Concentrations and prepare its specific materials for submission. Learn more about each Concentration’s submission guidelines in the links below:
- Performance Concentration
- Design and Production Concentration
- Playwriting Concentration
- Directing Concentration
Once you submit your materials, Fordham University Theatre Program faculty will review them on a rolling basis. Prospective students will be notified individually if selected for a callback. We ask that all applicants reserve time for their preferred audition day(s) in advance.
Participate in an in-person interview/audition at your callback.
Participants that are called back will meet individually with the Head of the Concentration, where you will have the opportunity to share your work in your discipline. These interviews will be held in person or virtually. In the interview, we’ll discuss you, your education goals and how the Fordham Theatre program may fit into those goals.
While you may be accepted into the program through one Concentration, there is no obligation for you to remain in that Concentration. Many students learn during their education that they prefer another Concentration over the one they were accepted into the program with. Regardless of your Concentration, you’ll receive a well-rounded undergraduate education that will prepare you for many different aspects of working, creating, and thriving in the theatre.
We also offer a theatre minor for undergraduate students, which does not require an audition or interview.
Prescreening and Callback Procedures
We strongly encourage all prospective students to attend their interview/audition in-person. We feel that we will learn the most about you, and you will learn most about the program, while we are together in-person in the same room. However, if you are unable to attend in-person, we will make a live, virtual audition or video audition available to applicants by request. Please contact [email protected] to inquire after virtual or video audition.
Audition/Interview and Application Deadlines
The university application deadline has been extended to November 8, 2022. Late applications will be accepted, but only on a case-by-case basis.
For all applicants interested in being considered for an in-person callback, the deadline to submit pre-screening materials has been extended to November 15, 2022.
If you are a Performance or D&P Concentration applicant and you note our December audition and interview dates as your preferred callback date, you will be notified of your prescreen result no later than Monday, November 21, 2022.
All other first-year applicants will be notified of their prescreen result no later than Friday, December 2, 2022. All transfer applicants will be notified of their prescreen result no later than Friday, December 16, 2022.
Transfer students, please note: The deadline for pre-screening materials follows a different schedule. Please refer to the Transfers page for more information.
Undergraduate Audition and Interview Dates
Performance Auditions and D&P Concentration Interviews only
Saturday, December 3, 2022 (New York, Fordham University Theatre)
Sunday, December 4, 2022 (New York, Fordham University Theatre)
Auditions and Interviews for all four Concentrations
Saturday, January 21, 2023 (New York, Fordham University Theatre)
Sunday, January 22, 2023 (New York, Fordham University Theatre)
Saturday, January 28, 2023 (New York, Fordham University Theatre)
Sunday, January 29, 2023 (New York, Fordham University Theatre)
Auditions and Interviews (Performance only)
Friday, February 3, 2023 (Los Angeles)
Saturday, February 4, 2023 (Los Angeles)
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 (Chicago, Palmer House Hilton)
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 (Chicago, Palmer House Hilton)
For international students, please visit the International Students page for application information to Fordham University. Otherwise, please follow the audition and interview guidelines for the Theatre major as listed on this page.
Contact: [email protected] or call 212-636-7562.
Tours and Open House Events
We offer in-person and virtual Theatre Program Q&A sessions and tours during the dates of the in-person callbacks. We also encourage you to come see our Mainstage and Studio productions. We are unable to accommodate requests for individual theatre meetings and theatre tours.
Want to get to know the greater University even better virtually? Virtual tours of our campus and other virtual events are available through Undergraduate Admissions.
Attending Theatre Productions
We welcome prospective students to attend any of our theatre productions throughout the year, and are pleased to offer you complimentary tickets. Please call our box office at 212-636-6340 or email us at [email protected] to arrange a pair of complimentary tickets for one of our upcoming productions. Please be sure to specify that you are a prospective student when you reserve your tickets.
Sitting in on Theatre Classes
Only students accepted into the Theatre Program will be invited to sit in on theatre classes in the spring. Accepted students will be notified of this opportunity.