Theater

Acting Application Information

Steps TO APPLY

Step 1: Review Deadlines

Application deadlines vary across departments, programs, and applicant type.

Step 2: Submit University Application

Mason Gross School of the Arts applicants must first submit a Rutgers University application.

Step 3: Submit Mason Gross Supplemental Application

All Mason Gross School of the Arts applicants are required to submit a talent assessment. Talent assessment requirements vary across departments and programs. Applications are considered incomplete without the required talent assessment.

Deadlines

Bachelor of Fine Arts: First-Year Applicants

Fall Admission Only

Rutgers University Application: December 1
Mason Gross Supplemental Application: January 15

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Transfer Applicants

Fall Admission Only

Rutgers University Application: December 1
Mason Gross Supplemental Application: January 15

Bachelor of Fine Arts: School-to-School Transfer and Re-Enrollment

Fall Admission Only

Email admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu: January 1
Mason Gross Supplemental Application: January 15

Current or former Rutgers students interested in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance should start the process by emailing admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu. In your email include your full name, RUID, current or former school enrolled, year, and program you are interested in. 

To be considered for admission, applicants are reviewed both artistically and academically. After contacting admissions@mgsa.rutgers.edu, applicants will be emailed the Mason Gross supplemental application.

If recommended artistically by Theater Department faculty, applicants will be granted access via RUID to the Rutgers School to School Transfer Application or the Rutgers Re-Enrollment Application. The appropriate university application will be reviewed by the Mason Gross Dean of Students academically. 

Admissions Requirements

From another RutgersNew Brunswick school:

  • 12 graded degree credits, excluding remedial courses
  • A Rutgers cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.000
  • Expository Writing (01:355:101) or an acceptable equivalent course with a grade of C or better

From another RutgersCamden or RutgersNewark school:

  • At least two semesters, including the current semester, as a student in your present school or college at Rutgers University, also including at least 12 graded degree credits, excluding remedial courses
  • A Rutgers cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.000
  • English Composition I and II (Camden 50:350:101 and 50:350:102) (Newark 21:355:101 and 21:355:102) with grades of C or better
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Bachelor of Arts and Minor in Theater

Currently enrolled Rutgers School of Arts and Science students are welcome to declare the bachelor of arts in theater or the minor in theater, with no audition required. Email theater undergraduate advisor Marshall Jones for more information. 

Rutgers University Application

All applicants must complete and submit the Rutgers University Application. The university application requires the following:

  • $70 Rutgers application fee
  • Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) – for current high school students
  • Official high school transcript or GED results – recommended for all transfer applicants, required for transfer applicants who, after high school graduation, have completed fewer than 24 college credits.
  • English proficiency test scores international applicants
  • SAT or ACT scores are optional for applicants to the 2022 admissions cycle - use code 2765 for the SAT and 2592 for the ACT

Mason Gross Supplemental Application

All applicants to the acting program will be required to submit the following:

  • $35 audition fee (waived for students who qualify for a need-based university fee waiver)
  • Acting questionnaire
  • Resume
  • Photograph (this does not have to be a professional headshot)
  • Audition selection date

Audition & Interview Requirements

Applicants should be prepared to present two 1-1.5 minute contrasting monologues. Applicants can choose to present one contemporary piece and one classical piece OR two contemporary pieces. The monologue selections should come from published plays (not television episodes, films, books, unpublished texts or personal writings). The audition will also include a short interview. The entire process will last approximately 10 minutes.

Audition Dates

All applicants to the acting program will be scheduled for a live audition, we do not prescreen. Although we encourage applicants to attend one of our in-person auditions, we do host a virtual audition for those who cannot. On the supplemental application, applicants will select their date and location preference for a live audition. Audition dates fill on a first come, first served basis.

New Brunswick, NJ: On Campus

  • Saturday, January 22, 2022
  • Sunday, January 23, 2022

New York, NY: Ripley Grier Studios

  • Thursday, January 27, 2022
  • Friday, January 28, 2022
  • Saturday, January 29, 2022
  • Sunday, January 30, 2022

Chicago: Hyatt Regency

  • Monday, February 7, 2022
  • Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Los Angeles: Sonesta LAX Hotel

  • Thursday, February 10, 2022
  • Friday, February 11, 2022

Virtual Audition via Zoom

  • Friday, February 4, 2022

 

Learn about the Acting program

Learn about the BA and Minor programs