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The University application deadline is November 1, 2021. Late applications will be accepted, but only on a case-by-case basis.
You must submit your pre-screening materials by November 10, 2021.
You will be notified of your prescreen result latest December 15, 2021.
Pre-Screening Requirements and Guidelines
The following materials must be submitted in order to be considered for a live interview:
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- A photograph (headshot or other photo) and resume.
- A personal statement of a few pages that:
- Shares a couple of things you think most define you or are most important to know about you.
- Identifies one or two important artistic or intellectual influences on you. These could be anything: writers, plays, books, movies, TV shows, music, comic books, video games, social movements, experience, etc.
- Discusses why you are drawn to directing.
- A written statement of a few pages on either a project you would like to direct or have already directed. The project could be a production of an existing text or an original work you want to create from scratch. You could also write about a project you directed but want to re-imagine in some way for some reason. Please include/address the following in your statement:
- A brief synopsis of the work. (1/2 page max)
- Why are you passionate about this project?
- Why this piece now?
- What do you see as the core idea/question or ideas/questions that this piece investigates?
- Brief descriptions of the main characters and any ideas for how you might (or did) cast them. For instance, are there particular actors you envision for these roles and why? Any changes you would or did make to how the characters are traditionally cast and why?
- Describe your vision for how you might create (or did create) the world of this piece. What design elements do you see as primarily important and why? Include at least 3 pieces of design research that give a strong sense of your vision. These can include still images (paintings, photos), aural material (sound, music), links to videos, etc. Whatever will help convey a vivid sense of how you envision the world of your production. If it’s a project you already directed feel free to include a production photos and/or sketches, photos of a model, video of the production, or any other archival material documenting the work.
- Is there anything else you want to say about the project that hasn’t been addressed in these questions?
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.
The callback interview will include a discussion of your personal statement on directing with Professor Elizabeth Margid, Head of 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 Theatre 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.Interviews begin at 10 a.m.; interviews are scheduled every few minutes throughout the day. After you schedule your interview online, you will receive an auto-email confirmation of your interview time. 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 stay for 30-45 minutes for your interview.
Finally, you also have the option to attend a Fordham Theatre Q&A session. The Q&A session begins each interview day at 1 p.m. and is approximately 45 minutes long. During this time, the Theatre faculty talks 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.
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