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Performance Track Auditions

Audition Dates

October 19, 2019, New York, NY (Internal and External Transfers only)
December 7, 2019, New York, NY
January 18, 2020, New York, NY
January 19, 2020, New York, NY
January 25, 2020, New York, NY
February 03, 2020, Chicago, IL
February 04, 2020, Chicago, IL
February 05, 2020, Chicago, IL
February 08, 2020, Los Angeles, CA
February 09, 2020, Los Angeles, CA

Payment of a non-refundable audition fee of $50 is required immediately after registering for your audition in order to avoid cancellation of your audition. Your confirmation email will include a payment link. However, if you are an internal transfer, the fee will be waived. Please notify us after registering for your audition.

We also offer a theatre minor for undergraduate students, which does not require an audition.


The university application is November 1, 2019. Late applications will be accepted, but only on a case-by-case basis. You must schedule your audition slot by December 15, 2019.

Requirements and Guidelines

Please follow the requirements and guidelines as you prepare for your audition. If you have a headshot and resume, please upload them at least two weeks in advance of your audition, to the online portal hub:

To submit headshot/resume materials:

  1. You must submit an application for admission to Fordham University, in order to upload your headshot/resume. 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. Here is where you will upload your headshot/resume.
  2. 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.
  3. If you cannot make any of the audition dates, you may upload a video using the above portal instructions. 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; It does not have to be in verse)
  • 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.

Audition Advice

  • The first thing we learn about you is your choice of play and character. It reveals what work draws you. In your choices lies your talent. Therefore, choose material that you're passionate about.
  • Select monologues that contrast. For example, one dramatic and one comic. Show us the pleasure you take in your range.
  • Playing a mature role, or casting yourself cross-gender, is acceptable.
  • We don't recommend using a dialect unless it's mastered.
  • Embody your scenes with as much movement and physicality as possible.
  • Your audition will not include singing.

Audition days begin at 10 a.m.; auditions are scheduled every five minutes throughout the day. After you schedule your audition online, you will receive an email 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 residence halls 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 p.m. 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:
George Drance, Acting Faculty; Artist in Residence
Daniel Alexander Jones, Head of the Playwriting Track; Acting, and Theatre History Faculty
Matthew Maguire, Head of the Performance Track
Elizabeth Margid, Head of the Directing Track
Dawn Akemi Saito, Acting and Movement Faculty; Artist in Residence

During your regional interview (Chicago or Los Angeles), you will meet with the following theatre faculty:
Matthew Maguire, Head of the performance track


Contact: or call 212-636-7562.

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