Playwriting Concentration Interviews
Saturday, January 20, 2024 (New York, Fordham University Theatre)
Sunday, January 21, 2024 (New York, Fordham University Theatre)
Saturday, January 27, 2024 (New York, Fordham University Theatre)
Sunday, January 28, 2024 (New York, Fordham University Theatre)
First-year fall applicants to the Theatre major must select Early Action and submit the Common Application on or before November 1, 2023. 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 is November 5, 2023.
If you are a first-year fall applicant for the Performance and Design and Production Concentration 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 20, 2023.
All other first-year applicants will be notified of their prescreen result no later than Friday, December 1, 2023. All transfer applicants will be notified of their prescreen result no later than Friday, December 15, 2023.
Transfer students, please note: The deadline for pre-screening materials follows a different schedule. Please refer to the Transfers page for more information.
There is a $75 application fee for all applicants to the Fordham Theatre Program, payable through the application portal upon submission of your Theatre track selection form. Once you submit the form, applicants will receive notification of new activity on their applicant portal with an amount due and instructions on how to remit payment.
The inability to pay a college application fee should never be a barrier to applying to Fordham Theatre. Applicants who have received a need-based Common Application fee waiver will have their audition/interview fee waived, as well. Please visit fordham.edu/requirements (first-year applicants) or fordham.edu/transfer (transfer applicants) to learn more.
First-time College Students
Fee waiver requests are available for first-time college students who demonstrate significant financial need by uploading one of the following to the application:
- An official College Board fee waiver form signed by a high school guidance counselor
- An official SAT fee waiver form signed by a high school guidance counselor
- An official NACAC fee waiver form signed by a high school guidance counselor
- A letter on school stationery from a college/guidance counselor stating that you qualify for the free lunch program
- A letter from someone other than a family member that addresses your financial situation
Fee waiver requests are available for transfer students who demonstrate significant financial need by uploading of one of the following to the application:
- If you are independent, copies of prior year tax forms
- A letter on school stationery from your current college's Financial Aid Office stating that you have financial need of a fee waiver
- A personal letter describing your financial situation
Fee waiver requests will be evaluated after you have submitted a complete application. If you are requesting a fee waiver, please submit your application (including fee waiver documentation) but do not pay the application fee.
Pre-Screening Requirements and Guidelines
Please submit the following materials to be considered for an in-person interview:
- Submit your best writing for your writing sample, and feel free to send several pieces to represent your artistic voice. We accept plays, short stories, and poetry for the writing sample. Please include the following information with your sample:
- your name
- your address
- your phone number
- your email address
To submit materials
You must submit an application for admission to Fordham University, in order to upload your pre-screening materials. Once you have applied, you will receive credentials to log into the Online Applicant Portal after the Office of Admission has acknowledged receipt of your admission application via email. Once you receive your credentials, please log into the Online Applicant Portal, find the section called Portfolio or Materials. This is where you will upload your pre-screening materials.
After you submit your pre-screening materials, you will receive a confirmation of its receipt. If the panel offers you a callback, then you will receive an invitation to a live audition on a specified callback date.
The callback interview will be with Tony Meneses, Interim Head of the Playwriting Concentration. Your Playwriting Concentration interview will include a discussion of your writing sample.
Interviews begin at 10 a.m.; interviews are scheduled every few minutes throughout the day. Please be early for your interview. 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 be available for 30-45 minutes for your interview.
The day of the interview, you will also have the opportunity to talk with our Student Ambassadors about the program while you wait for your appointment time. The Ambassadors will provide virtual tours of the school, including the dorms, throughout the day.
Finally, you will also have the option to attend a Fordham Theatre Q&A session. The Q&A session will begin each audition/interview day at 1:00 p.m. and will be approximately 45 minutes long. During this time, the Theatre faculty will talk with parents and prospective students about the program, our community, and life at Fordham. A representative from the Office of Undergraduate Admission will also be present to answer any questions you have regarding admission, housing, and financial aid.
Contact: [email protected] or 212-636-7562.