Acting (B.F.A.)



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  • Step 1: Apply to Ithaca College via the Common Application (a $60 fee applies)
  • Step 2: Apply to the Department of Theatre Arts by uploading audition materials to Acceptd.
  • Step 3: Apply for Financial Aid.
  • Step 4: After an invitation from the department is extended, arrange for an audition.
  • Step 5: Audition


PLEASE NOTE: The Early Action/Early Decision option will not be offered to applicants in musical theatre or acting, due to the timing of the audition process.

The Regular Admissions Deadline for the Common Application and the Acceptd application for BFA Acting is December 1, 2020.

You will not receive any further notification regarding your prescreening until your applications (Common Application and Acceptd) are complete.


All candidates will be asked to upload the following to Acceptd:

  • A brief résumé (.pdf), including theatrical activities in high school, during summers, honors and awards received, leadership activities or offices held, and other significant non-theatrical activities.
  • A current headshot or recent photo (.pdf).
  • Two memorized contrasting monologues, each of which is 60-90 seconds in length, including the slate. Please upload a separate video for each monologue.
    • 1 Contemporary (written after 1900); Contemporary monologue should be filmed in a “close-up” shot which means the top of the head to the chest should be visible in the frame.
    • 1 Classical (written pre-1900); Classical monologue should be filmed in a “full body” shot which means the top of the head to the feet on the floor should be visible in the frame. Only perform Shakespeare if you feel comfortable doing so.
    • Note: You can perform 2 contemporary monologues instead of a classical, but please use both camera frames (one close-up, one full-body)
  • Optional Wild Card Video: The Wild Card media is not required. Submissions should be no more than 60 seconds. This media can be ANYTHING you want: a special skill, an interesting story about yourself, a passion speech, an instrument that you play, etc. “What do you want us to know about you?” and “What makes you unique?”.

Note: Monologues must be memorized and rehearsed. The character should be within your age range. Your goal should not be to show us how far you can stretch. We are looking for your ability to play the actions inherent in the text and to reveal the inner life of the character as it intersects with your own experience, imagination and understanding.

For Your Audition

If an invitation for a live audition is extended, it is expected that you will present the same monologues uploaded to Acceptd for the pre-screen application. Please bring one copy of your headshot and résumé to the audition.

Audition Dates

Our 2020-21 audition dates and locations will be updated in Fall 2020.

updated 6/22/20 2:00 p.m.

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