MFA Acting Auditions

I was looking at my statcounter. It is pretty interesting to see what people can google and find the link to my blog or website. Someone had googled “MFA Acting Blog” and came across my posts from last year. That person seemed pretty interested as he or she looked at most of my site. Well one to never let his readers down, it is time to start the MFA audition process all over again.

Each year I do this I get a little bit wiser. As you recall from last year (you probably don’t so I will remind you) I had all my California auditions on different weekends (going as far south as San Diego and north as San Francisco) and all my out of state audition in Chicago either at URTA (group general audition) or private auditions held.

This year I realized why don’t I spend an extra day or two in Chicago and do all my auditions there since all the California schools go out there to audition (except Fullerton, so not a 100% full proof plan). Also I decided to look up all the schools going to URTA and schedule a private audition with them, if possible. I decided to do this because in Chicago one has to go through a screening process even before auditioning in front of the schools, and no offense, but I don’t want my chance to be seen by a school left up to the subjective opinion of two people. You have to jump through too many hoops as it is to add one more to the mix.

All this to say I have applied to 22 schools individually, on top of any schools I meet through URTA. Most of my applications are done and I am waiting for my letter of recommendations to be completed. My goal is to have them all sent out by the end of this month. I am currently in contact with schools and working with regional theatre director Andrew J. Traister on my two audition monologues. Things are going well, but only time will tell if I will be in school next year. Below are the schools I am individually applying for. I’ll keep you posted (pun intended).

UCLA
KENT UNIVERSITY
BROWN UNIVERSITY
REGENT UNIVERSITY
ART (HARVARD UNIVERSITY)
YALE UNIVERSITY
INDIANA UNIVERSITY
WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY
UNIV. OF ILLINOIS-URBANA
UNIV. OF IOWA
KANSAS CITY REPERTORY
UNIV. OF MONTANA
RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
USC
UC SAN DIEGO
DEPAUL UNIVERSITY
UC IRVINE
CALIFORNA STATE UNIVERSITY, FULLERTON
UNIV. OF OHIO
NATIONAL THEATRE CONSERVATORY (DENVER)
CALIFORNIA REPERTORY(CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LONG BEACH)
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
ALABAMA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO

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    7 thoughts on “MFA Acting Auditions

    1. dennis

      Would that be Zac Kinter? From my schedule he is shooting Thursday, while I shoot Friday. So I might miss him. Small world indeed…

    2. Trevor

      I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you. Which schools do you want the most? Any particular reason — teachers, certain classes, location?

    3. dennis

      Trevor,

      As for California schools I really like University of San Diego. It is a two-year program at Balboa Park. I also like Denver, but with the odds of getting into a program (average pick 8 out of 1000 auditioners), I will be happy getting into any school.

    4. maia

      Hi, I enjoyed reading your blog about mfa auditions since i am going through the same thing myself. I was lead to your page because I’m trying to contact Andrew J. Traister, and you came up, which leads me to my question, can you please tell me how to get a hold of Andrew, I’m looking for a coach and keep reading really positive things about him, but I can’t find his contact info ANYWHERE, urrrgh. So your help would greatly be appreciated. Thanks! And goodluck!!! -Maia, mercury333@aol.com

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