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Directing Concentration Interviews

Interview Dates

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)

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 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.

Pre-Screening Requirements and Guidelines

Please submit the following materials in order to be considered for an in-person interview:

  • A photograph (headshot or other photo) and resume.
  • Personal statement: This can form as a written essay or as a video essay. If written, no longer than two pages. If it takes form as a video, no longer than 3 minutes. Your Personal Statement should address the following:
    • What three values drive your life?
    • Discuss why you are drawn to theater making.
    • Identify one or two artistic or intellectual influences that have changed your life. These could be anything: writers, plays, books, movies, TV shows, music, comic books, video games, social movements, experience, etc.
    • Pitch Deck: Create a pitch deck for your dream production. This could be your dream play, an original work, or an adaptation of an existing text. You deck should include the following:
      • A brief synopsis of the work. No more than one paragraph that succinctly describes the plot.
      • What is the core idea or question of the piece?
      • What communities do you hope to connect with or speak to?
      • Include at least 15 images that you think best represents your project.

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 Terrence I. Mosley, Interim Head of the Directing Concentration.

If asked to interview, be prepared to talk about your Pitch Deck and what you hope to gain in your college experience. Also come prepared to ask three questions about the program, classes, theatre, or the faculty on the directing track. 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.

Questions?

Contact: theatre@fordham.edu or 212-636-7562.

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