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School of Theater Admissions

Develop the skills needed to thrive as an actor, director, musical theater performer, designer, playwright, screenwriter, or teacher by earning a degree in theater.

The School of Theater will prepare you for careers on the stage and screen with a wide range of courses, productions in state-of-the-art venues, and exciting summer field experiences. Students select their paths, supported by individualized attention from teachers and mentors who are practicing professionals with industry contacts. You'll participate in a variety of capacities in such productions as contemporary plays, modern musicals, historical dramas, and original student work. From day one, you'll find opportunities to show your talent, leadership, and collaborative abilities.

Audition, Portfolio Requirements

We are looking for:

  • An appropriate level of craft and artistry.
  • Commitment to the work as demonstrated by preparation for the interview, audition, and/or portfolio review.
  • A willingness to accept direction, criticism and mentoring.
  • A willingness and ability to collaborate with students, faculty, and professionals.

Audition and Portfolio Review dates

For a list of audition and portfolio review dates, please visit the School of Theater audition page. Dates include both Theater and Musical Theater auditions, unless otherwise noted. 

To sign up for an appointment, please complete SlideRoom account submission. You will receive an email confirmation of your appointment.

If you have any questions, please contact School of Theater Associate Director, Kevin Murray or call 703-993-2195. If necessary, an applicant can request an individual appointment during normal business hours. Theater major auditions and portfolio reviews will take place on the Fairfax Campus.

Theater, BA

There are four areas of concentration in the Theater BA, each with its own admissions requirements.

Performance (Acting and Directing) Concentration

  • Each applicant will provide a résumé and prepare two contrasting monologues, not to exceed three minutes total. Applicants will audition for a panel of Theater faculty and will be asked to make adjustments and repeat portions of their work.

Design and Technical Theater Concentration

  • Applicants must provide a résumé and portfolio, which will include clearly identified representations of the student’s work. This may include photos, design sketches, technical drawings, playbills, reviews, audio recordings, or elements of the design process. Designers, technicians and stage managers will have their portfolios and résumés reviewed by representatives of the design faculty.
  • Students are responsible for assembling and presenting portfolio materials. The portfolio should be “hard copy,” not electronic, and will be presented by the student at time of review. Exceptions will be made for those interviewing long distance via phone, Skype, SlideRoom submission, or similar means, for which electronic portfolio submission is the only option.

Theater Education for Theater Arts PK-12

  • Applicants must provide a résumé, prepare one monologue, and a two-page teaching philosophy statement. Applicants may provide additional examples of their work as appropriate (e.g. 2nd monologue, writing sample, sketches, research, or other creative outputs).

Theater Studies

  • A more flexible and cross-disciplinary approach designed for the Theater Generalist who wants to experience as many aspects of the field as are available. Applicants must prepare one monologue and additional examples of their work as appropriate (e.g. 2nd monologue, writing sample, sketches, research, or other creative outputs).

Theater, BFA

There are three areas of concentration in the Theater BFA, each with its own admissions requirements:

Performance for Stage and Screen (Acting and Directing) Concentration

  • Résumé

  • Applicants must prepare two contrasting monologues, not to exceed three minutes total for an audition before a panel of Theater faculty and will be asked to make adjustments and repeat portions of their work.

Design for Stage and Screen Concentration

  • Applicants will provide a résumé and a portfolio, which must include clearly identified representations of the student’s work. This may include photos, design sketches, technical drawings, playbills, reviews, audio recordings, or elements of the design process. Designers, technicians and stage managers will have their portfolios and résumés reviewed by representatives of the design faculty. Students are responsible for assembling and presenting their portfolio materials. The portfolio should be “hard copy,” not electronic, and will be presented by the student at time of review. Exceptions will be made for those interviewing long distance via phone, Skype, SlideRoom submission or similar means, for which electronic portfolio submission is the only option.

Musical Theater Concentration

  • Résumé
  • Applicants will audition before a panel of Theater faculty with two prepared, contrasting monologues, not to exceed three minutes total, and two prepared songs that demonstrate variety, also not to exceed three minutes total. Actor/Singers will be asked to make adjustments and repeat portions of their work.
  • An accompanist is provided for Musical Theater auditions. Using our accompanist requires a $40 cash fee on day of audition, and includes a brief rehearsal prior to appointment time. You may provide your own accompanist. 

Virtual Auditions

Applicants who live more than 250 miles from Mason may submit video or digital materials through SlideRoom submission. Instructions will be sent upon submission of Admissions application if Theater is indicated as intended major.

In-person vocal auditions are required for acceptance into the Musical Theater Concentration, but can take place at a later date than SlideRoom submission.

Notification

Applicants will be notified of a decision within two weeks of audition. Those denied acceptance to the Theater major must wait one year before reapplying and must meet with the director of the School of Theater one full semester prior to reapplying.

Theater, BA/Arts Management, Accelerated MA

Undergraduates in Theater may apply to the Accelerated Master of Arts in Arts Management degree program. If accepted, students will be able to earn a BA in Theater and an MA in Arts Management after satisfactory completion of 150 credits.

Students choosing the accelerated option must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree. The regular time-frame design would start in the Fall, with completion in the Summer five years later, but longer time frames may also be available.

This accelerated option is offered through joint cooperation between the School of Theater and the Arts Management Program.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see the Academic Policies section of the catalog.

To apply to this program, please visit the College of Visual and Performing Arts Accelerated Master's Admissions page.

Minors

Event Technical Production

The Theater minor requires 18-credits of coursework. For more information, go to the Event Technical Production Minor (College of Visual and Performing Arts) page in the university catalog.

Any Mason student may declare an Event Technical Production minor and need not complete an audition, portfolio review, or interview. 

Audio Production

The Theater minor requires 18-credits of course work. For more information, go to the Audio Production minor page in the university catalog.

Any Mason student may declare an Audio Production minor and need not complete an audition, portfolio review, or interview. 

Theater

The Theater minor requires 18 credits of coursework. For more information, go to the Theater Minor page in the university catalog.

Any Mason student may declare a Theater minor and need not complete an audition, portfolio review, or interview.

Theater Performance

Designed for students with a passion for performance. The 18 credit Theater Performance Minor offers students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of performance analysis and basic training of the actor’s instrument.   

Any Mason student may declare a Theater minor and need not complete an audition, portfolio review, or interview. 

Open House

Please see our Undergraduate Open House page for current information on Open House dates.

Contact us

Email or call us: 703-993-1120. Visit us by appointment at deLaski Performing Arts Building, A407, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030.

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