George Mason University
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George Mason University

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 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.

To sign up for an audition, please complete our Theater Audition Application through SlideRoom. You will receive an email confirmation of your audition date within 2-3 business days of your submission.

If you have any questions, please contact School of Theater Program Manager, Kevin Murray at kmurra3@gmu.edu or at 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 within the School of Theater on the Fairfax Campus.

Audition Dates

Please check back soon for 2017-18 Audition dates.

Theater, BA

The Bachelor of Art degree stresses the breadth of a liberal arts education in the belief that such study, combined with serious practical training and experience, offers the best preparation for a life in theater and screen. There are four areas of concentration, 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, Theater Audition Application through SlideRoom, or similar means, for which electronic portfolio submission is the only option.

Playwriting and Dramaturgy Concentration

Each applicant will provide a résumé and writing sample of three to five pages of original work. This may be in the form of scenes from a play or screenplay, an essay, or a critical analysis. Playwrights and Dramaturgs must submit a writing sample to theater@gmu.edu one week prior to the scheduled review. Applicants will also audition for a panel of Theater Faculty with one monologue, not to exceed two minutes total.

Theater Education for Theatre Arts PK-12

Each applicant will provide a résumé and a three-to-five-page Teaching Philosophy Statement indicating goals, approaches, specific areas of interest and experience in teaching in the arts. Applicants must submit a written Teaching Philosophy Statement one week prior to scheduled review, and will also audition for a panel of Theater Faculty with one monologue, not to exceed three minutes total.

Theater, BFA

In addition to the Mason Core requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree, Bachelor of Fine Arts majors must complete a minimum of 73 credits in the major: 49 credits of required Theater core courses plus 24 credits in the concentration.  There are three areas of concentration, each with its own admissions requirements:

Performance for Stage and Screen (Acting and Directing) Concentration

Applicants will provide a résumé and 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.

Musical Theater Concentration

Students pursuing the Musical Theater Certificate: Theater Concentration must satisfy all requirements for admission into BA or BFA in Theater with a concentration in performance.

  • Résumé
  • Two prepared, contrasting monologues, not to exceed three minutes total, and two prepared songs that demonstrate variety. Applicants will audition for a panel of Theater and Music faculty with two prepared, contrasting monologues, not to exceed three minutes total, and two prepared songs that demonstrate variety. Actor/Singers will be asked to make adjustments and repeat portions of their work.
  • An accompanist is provided only on the “Musical Theater only” dates indicated above. 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. Note: Auditions scheduled on dates other than those indicated as “Musical Theater only” will require an additional singing audition appointment with School of Music faculty.

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.and 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, Theater Audition Application through SlideRoom or similar means, for which electronic portfolio submission is the only option.

Writing and Dramaturgy for Stage and Screen Concentration

Applicants will provide a résumé and writing sample of three to five pages of original work. This may be in the form of scenes from a play or screenplay, an essay, or a critical analysis. Playwrights and Dramaturgs must submit a writing sample to theater@gmu.edu one week prior to the scheduled review. Applicants will also audition for a panel of Theater Faculty with one monologue, not to exceed two minutes total.

Virtual Auditions

The School of Theater is excited to be a part of the audition prescreening network. Prospective students can post audition videos or digital portfolio materials and submit them for prescreening. While Mason does not require prescreening, we strongly encourage you to see if it looks right for you. Applicants who live more than 250 miles from Mason may submit video or digital materials through our Theater Audition Application through SlideRoom.

In-person vocal auditions are required for acceptance into the Musical Theater Concentration.

Notification

Applicants will be notified of a decision as soon as possible. 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

Any Mason student may declare an Event Technical Production minor and need not complete an audition, portfolio review, or interview. The Theater minor requires 15-credits of coursework. For more information, go to the Event Technical Production Minor (College of Visual and Performing Arts) page in the university catalog.

Audio Production

Any Mason student may declare an Audio Production minor and need not complete an audition, portfolio review, or interview. The Theater minor requires 18-credits of course work. For more information, go to the Audio Production minor page in the university catalog.

Theater

Any Mason student may declare a Theater minor and need not complete an audition, portfolio review, or interview. The Theater minor requires 18 credits of coursework. For more information, go to the Theater Minor page in the university catalog.

Contact us

Email or call us: 703-993-3287. Visit us at deLaski Performing Arts Building, A407, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030.

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