New York City: January 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28
721 Broadway, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003
Chicago: February 5 & 6
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
San Francisco: February 9 & 10
30 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108
Audition dates and times are subject to change.
Arrive early at your audition and be prepared to stay for the full time for which you are called. We may run as much as an hour late, so it’s best to expect that. Please keep your schedule flexible.
What You Have to Bring
Prepare and bring with you:
1. Prepare your audition.
Four monologues and approximately 16 bars of a song. Monologues should be classical and contemporary, both comedic and dramatic, two being in verse (rhymed or unrhymed).
Two contemporary pieces (1919 to Present).
Two classical pieces (2500 BCE to c.1918).
Please bring three printed copies of each text (in English) to the audition.
No piece should be longer than 2 minutes and 25 seconds.
Advice on Selection & Preparation:
- Examples of classical authors include: Anonymous, Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, Aphra Behn, Bhasa, Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Pierre Corneille, Euripides, Kalidasa, Jesús Lara, Federico García Lorca, Ben Jonson, Lope de Vega, John Webster, and William Shakespeare. Examples of verse translators/ adaptors might include: Christopher Hampton, Wole Soyinka, Femi Osofisan, José Rivera, Richard Wilbur, David Ives, Nilo Cruz, Ezra Pound, Tony Harrison, Ranjit Bolt, Caryl Churchill, Adrian Mitchell, Anne Carson, Derek Walcott, and Jo Carson among others.
- Please avoid selecting multiple pieces by the same author (Shakespeare excepted).
- Regarding pieces in verse (whether contemporary or classical) — we’re looking for you to “lift the verse off the page.” By that we mean, how do you take these words and make them feel like they spring from your own thoughts? We are not concerned about you speaking Shakespeare or Lorca or Tupac or Eminem ‘correctly’. Rather than only a poetic recitation of the verse, we hope to feel a sense of your imagined scene partner or circumstances.
2. A full-face photograph (headshot).
3. A detailed résumé listing your prior acting experience (attached to the back of your photograph or on a separate sheet).
4. A personal statement in essay form (approximately 500 words or two pages, typed and double-spaced). Write freely and personally about yourself and your acting. It will not be seen as a sample of your literacy, or as a test of your character. Tell us why you are applying here to NYU’s Graduate Acting Program (as opposed to a general interest in graduate school), what you expect the experience to be like, and what you would like to accomplish. Write about your life, past and present; how you get along with people, the world; likes, dislikes (in theatre, literature, golf, anything). The personal statement will be instrumental in helping the auditors make a ﬁnal decision about your professional abilities. It will be read only by the chair and designated faculty in strict conﬁdence.
Your headshot, résumé, and personal statement are needed at your audition.
Do not send your headshot/résumé or personal statement to the Office of Graduate Admissions or attach them to your online application.
Approximately 60 applicants from the ﬁrst round of nationwide auditions will be asked to come to New York for two of three available days: Saturday, March 9; Sunday, March 10; and Monday, March 11, 2019 for the ﬁnal callback round. The entering class of 16 students will be selected from the March callback.
If you are called back, you will be given specific instructions as to how to prepare for your callback “weekend.”