The Department of Theatre Arts requires an entrance screening audition for the BFA
in Acting. Students who wish to pursue the Design and Production Track or the Theatre
Studies Track must be admitted by Towson University but do not need to audition for
entry into their track.
We advise prospective BFA candidates not to make your audition appointment until you
have been accepted by the university. Students who audition first and are accepted into the BFA in Acting based on their
auditions must also apply and be admitted to Towson University. Students who do not
pass the audition may come to Towson, follow another track and audition again at the
end of their first year of study.
Transfer Students and the BFA in Acting
Students transferring from other acting programs and who wish to pursue the BFA in
Acting at Towson must be admitted to the university and must audition for the BFA
in Acting. They can – if accepted into the BFA Acting – petition for advanced placement
in the track. This decision will be made by the acting faculty evaluating the student’s
audition. It should be noted that the BFA in Acting program will take a transfer student
a minimum of three years (three fall and three spring semesters) to complete if a
student transfers in all university Core credits. The program cannot be compressed
Transfer students who wish to be waived from the Theatre Arts Department core requirements
based on credits earned at other institutions must meet with the department chairperson.
Students who wish to transfer from other institutions after the final audition date
for the year or who wish to begin the BFA in Acting in mid-year should contact the
Theatre Arts Department at 410-704-2792 to determine the best time to audition. If
you wish to begin in the fall, it is best to apply and audition by the March audition
Auditions for students who wish to join the BFA in Acting take place between December
and March each year. Auditionees are required to be in attendance for the entirety
of their scheduled slot. Audition dates for the Incoming class of 2019 are listed
Saturday, December 8th 2018 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Recommended for Spring transfer students)
Saturday, February 9th 2019 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday, February 15th 2019 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Saturday, February 16th 2019 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday, February 23rd 2019 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday, March 2nd 2019 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Screening decisions will be made within two to three weeks of the final audition date and
students will be notified via email and/or telephone. Offers/further contact cannot
be made with students who have not been admitted to the university.
Please note: To meet the university deadline for recruitment scholarships, you must
audition before Feb 23. Scholarships are not always available depending on budgets.
Call the Theatre Office at 410-704-2792 during business hours for an appointment.
The audition includes:
• A brief informational session with members of the acting faculty
• A brief warm-up with a senior acting student (please wear appropriate clothing)
• A series of group exercises with members of the acting faculty
• 10-MINUTE BREAK - Time to change into Audition/Interview Clothing
• Presentation of your prepared 60 to 90 second monologue
• A brief one-on-one interview with members of the acting faculty
You should expect to be at Towson for approximately two and a half hours.
Please Bring the Following With You
• A resume or a typed list of the plays you’ve been in and classes/workshops in theatre
you have taken
• A recent photo of yourself that really looks like you
• A letter of reference from a faculty member or professional with whom you have studied
or who knows your work as an actor
Regarding Appropriate Dress
For the group movement/improv section, please wear comfortable movement clothes –
sweat pants or track pants and a short or long sleeve T-shirt long enough to be tucked
into the waistband of your pants. Wear soft-soled shoes such as sneakers or jazz shoes.
Please no shorts, tank tops or crop tops. Dance wear is acceptable but not necessary.
You will have a 10-minute break to change into your audition clothes after the group
movement/improv section of the audition.
For your audition/interview, please wear professional but comfortable clothes, as
you would dress to work at an upscale but conservative store. If it would work behind
the jewelry counter at Macys or Nordstrom, it should be fine. Do not dress as the
character from your monologue or wear any sort of costume. Also avoid shoes that make
a lot of noise, since the floors in our studios are wooden dance floors.
Time: Your monologue should be between 60 and 90 seconds long. You will be timed and
you will be cut off at 90 seconds. We begin timing from the first word of your monologue,
not from your introduction.
Choice of material: Choose material which you understand, enjoy and which touches
something meaningful in you. You may choose any play from the Greeks up to the present
The best monologues are pieces in which your character is talking to another person
who is there in the room with them, and in which your character wants something from
that other person which is very important to them in that moment.
We ask that you read the entire play from which your monologue was taken.
We ask that you do not do any of the following:
• Do not do original (unpublished) work.
• Do not do a stand-up comedy routine or a piece that sounds like one.
• Do not do anything from a film; if you are doing a piece from a play which was made
into a film, do not do an imitation of the actor in the film.
• Do not play a small child.
• Do not play a character with serious mental deficiencies.
• Do not play a character under the influence of mind-altering substances during the
• Avoid straying too far from your own age – if you are 17, a character over 30 is
most likely too far removed from you.
About the Audition
We believe there is more to an actor than audition skills, so our audition includes
group movement and improvisational work and an interview. Don’t worry if you have
never done improvisation before, or if you believe you are not “good” at it, or if
you don’t think you “move well." We are simply looking at the way you connect to people
you don’t know, the way you take instruction, and the way you approach learning new
tasks. Video auditions are not accepted.
About the Interview
At Towson we are looking for well-rounded, well-read students. We are interested in
your understanding of theatre as an art form, the books and people that have influenced
your life, your involvement in your community, the things you are curious about, and
the things you are passionate about.
We want to see who you are and what makes you tick. Be yourself. Think about things
like why theatre is important to you and why the arts are important to the world.
Tell us what you really think, not what you think we want to hear or what you think
will sound impressive. You may be asked to discuss other interests you have, to discuss
a recent play or movie you have seen, or to articulate your current set of goals for
your life or career.
This is also the time to ask us a few questions which were not addressed in the informational
session or which are very specific to your situation or interests.
Remember: This is also YOUR time to determine if Towson meets your needs and if you
could be happy here.
Audition Location Information
Auditions are held in room 3058 in the Towson University Center for the Arts, located
on Osler Drive between Cross Campus Drive and Stevenson Lane. There will be signs
posted in the building guiding you to room 3058.
GPS/Mapquest: Fine Arts Dr. Towson MD 21258 (This address does not accept mail.)