Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting for the Stage and Screen Auditions, Scholarships, and Admissions

Interested in our BFA in Acting degree? All applicants must audition in order to be accepted into the major.

How to Apply and Audition

Early decision admission deadline to apply is November 14, 2023. The standard decision admission deadline to apply is January 23, 2024. All applicants must audition.

The following application instructions are for:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting for the Stage and Screen

All first-year and transfer applicants for undergraduate admission must complete the following:

Submit your Recorded Pre-Screen Audition

Please be sure to upload all materials via BFA in Acting Recorded Pre-Screen Audition form. The audition form will go live early September. There are no live auditions.

  • Current picture or headshot
  • Resume: Your resume should include any and all performance activities.
  • Two contrasting monologues OR 1 monologue and 16 bars of a song (1-2 minutes per monologue).
  • All about me video: Please upload a video where you share who you are with us.

Guidelines & Recommendations for Recorded Pre-Screen Audition

All applicants to the BFA in Acting for the Stage and Screen will need to upload two separately filmed audition monologues OR one monologue and 16 bars of a song to their supplemental application Recorded Pre-Screen Audition form.

What to Prepare

Applicants should prepare two contrasting monologues. Each piece should be no longer than 2 minutes. If you are a singer, you can replace one monologue for 16 bars of a song.

Filming your Auditions

Pre-recorded audition videos do not need to be professionally filmed. They should provide a clear picture and audio. We understand that it may be difficult to find a location to film your auditions and where you film your pieces will have no bearing on your candidacy to this program. Below are some things we’d like you to keep in mind when you film:

  • Each monologue should be filmed separately.
  • You are in a well-lit area with minimal background distractions and that your audio is clear and understandable.
  • Your contrasting monologues should be filmed as a “close-up”. The frame should be sized to include the top of your head down to your chest.
  • Each monologue should begin with a slate that includes: Your name, the title of the monologue, and the playwright’s name.
  • Please do not add an accent or dialect when performing your monologues. We are much more interested in listening to your natural voice.
  • Dress as you would for an in-person audition. Costumes are not needed.

Invited Interview/Callbacks with Faculty

After submitting your Recorded Pre-Screen Audition, the BFA faculty panel evaluates all pre-screen auditions. Selected candidates will be invited to attend our Callback Weekend. You may be asked to perform one or two monologues from your recorded audition submissions for your callback. In addition, you will have an opportunity to converse with the BFA faculty panel evaluators before or after presenting your monologues. This is a chance for us to get to know you a little bit more; in addition to watching your work as an artist, we want to learn about who you are as a person. Early admission applicants will be notified about callbacks mid-November and standard admission applicants will be notified about callbacks late-January.

College of the Arts Talent Scholarships Form

The theater department at APU awards scholarships to students who show strong promise to make an impact in theater at APU. Applicants need to be a theater major in order to receive COTA scholarship funds. To apply, students need to audition and to fill out the above Recorded Pre-screen Audition Form and submit two contrasting monologues or one monologue and 16 bars of a song.

COTA Talent Scholarship Form

How to Apply

Campus Tours and Virtual BFA Q&As

APU Theater Arts In-person Campus Tours includes an exclusive Theater Arts tour, reception with faculty, lunch with BFA in Acting students, and an audit of a class. Parents and students are invited to find out more about APU Theater Arts. The sessions will be hosted by a member of our admissions team, who will introduce you to our unique program. We look forward to meeting you!

Theater Arts APU One Day In-person Campus Tours Fall 2023 Dates:

  • October 20th
  • November 10th
Campus Tour RSVP Form

Theater Arts In-person Immersive Day

February 23, 2024, spend the day with Theater Arts faculty and students. Join us for a University tour, department tour, academic connect with faculty, audit a class, lunch with theater students and see a production.

Immersive Day RSVP Form

Theater Arts Virtual Connect

We invite you to get to know Azusa Pacific University Theater Arts faculty and programs by registering for a Zoom Information Session as well as a Q&A with BFA in Acting student ambassadors.

Virtual BFA Q&As Fall 2023 Dates:

  • October 27th at 4pm(PST)
  • November 17th at 4pm(PST)

Virtual BFA Q&As Spring 2024 Dates:

  • January 26th at 4pm (PST)
  • March 1st at 4pm (PST)
Virtual Connect RSVP Form

General Undergraduate Admission Requirements

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Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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