Theater Audition Information

All students applying to the Theater Department at Mason Gross School of the Arts must complete an audition or an interview.

**A $55 non-refundable audition fee (in addition to the university’s standard $65 application fee) is required along with the supplemental application which is payable online via credit card.  

Auditions are held at Mason Gross School of the Arts and at regional locations throughout the United States. Audition dates can be found here: Audition/Interview Dates

After you complete the Rutgers University application, you will receive an email invitation to complete the Mason Gross supplemental application within five business days. The supplemental application requires you to answer questions about your theater background, register for an audition/interview, and pay the audition/interview fee.  

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ACTING (BFA/MFA) | DESIGN (BFA/MFA) | PRODUCTION (BFA & MFA) | PLAYWRITING (MFA) 

ACTING (Undergraduate & Graduate)

To schedule your audition, you must complete both the Rutgers University application and the Mason Gross supplemental application. The supplemental application requires you to answer questions about your theater background, upload a headshot and resume, register for an audition, and pay the $55 audition fee.  

Please prepare the following for your scheduled audition:

  • Audition:  Actors must present two contrasting monologues, one classical and one contemporary.  They should be memorized.  The combined total of both monologues may not exceed 4 minutes. **Also, you must be prepared to sing 16 bars of a song, a cappella (no accompaniment).
  • Resume and a head shot or a picture.

DESIGN (Undergraduate & Graduate)

To schedule your interview, you must complete both the Rutgers University application and the Mason Gross supplemental application. The supplemental application requires you to answer questions about your theater background, upload a resume, register for an interview, and pay the $55 audition fee.  

Please prepare the following for your scheduled interview: 

  • Resume
  • Undergraduate Portfolio Presentation and Interview Requirements: Please bring examples of any artwork and drawings you may have done for classes, on your own, for the school paper, ect. These drawings do not have to pertain to theater.  Photographs of shows or craft projects are also helpful.  The portfolio should be presented in a manila folder or portfolio case. (Inexpensive cardboard portfolios are available in most area supply stores.) **Please note it is not possible to interview candidates for the BFA design program who do not present a portfolio. **
  • Graduate Portfolio Presentation and Interview Requirements: Please bring a representative portfolio of production and classroom design in your specific area (sets, costumes, lights). 

     

     PRODUCTION (Undergraduate & Graduate)

    To schedule your interview, you must complete both the Rutgers University application and the Mason Gross supplemental application. The supplemental application requires you to answer questions about your theater background, upload a resume, register for an interview, and pay the $55 audition fee.  

    Please prepare the following for your scheduled interview:

  • Resume
  • Portfolio: Prompt books, designs, drafting, drawings, examples of your work in theater (photos of productions, construction or craft projects, programs or posters that you designed) and any other material that shows your background and interest in theater. Please do not include programs in which your name appears - that information should go on your resume.
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    PLAYWRITING (Graduate)

    All applicants must complete the Rutgers University application and the Mason Gross supplemental application. The supplemental application requires you to answer questions about your theater background, upload a resume, and pay the $55 interview fee. You will also be prompted to upload two writing samples: one full length play and one short play (if possible).

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