BFA – Acting

The Acting Program at FSU is an extremely competitive program designed to prepare highly talented students for work in professional theatre. In addition to the core of required theatre courses, this comprehensive curriculum includes a sequence of courses in acting, voice, movement, and specialized workshops. Acting students are also required to participate in our London Theatre Experience during the summer before their third year.

Following the first semester, students audition for a wide variety of performance opportunities, including roles in the Fallon, Lab, and Studio Theatres. This balance of course work and production experience prepares students to meet the rigors of a demanding professional theatre career.

Admission Process

Admission to the BFA in Acting program is by audition only. Individuals interested in auditioning for the program need to apply for a pre-screen. Acceptance to the BFA in Acting program is contingent upon acceptance to Florida State University. Application to the BFA in Acting offered by Florida State is a two-part process. In addition to the program application, prospective students must also apply to Florida State University.

Undergraduate Application

Program Application

  • Once the applicant has received an audition appointment via getacceptd.com, please submit the following materials to the department by the audition date:
    • BFA Application (downloadable Word or PDF document)
    • Headshot
    • Typewritten letter stating your educational and career goals
    • Three letters of recommendation

    The above materials may be turned in at check-in on the audition day or they may be mailed in advance to:

    Office of Academic and Student Services
    School of Theatre
    Florida State University
    PO Box 3061160
    Tallahassee, FL 32306-1160

For questions about the degree program please contact the School of Theatre Academic Office at 850.644.7234.

Program Auditions

Dates in Tallahassee:

January 21, 2017

January 27, 2017

BFA in Acting auditions in Tallahassee will be scheduled in one-hour blocks. The number of audition slots for each day is limited. For the audition, prepare two contrasting monologues that are within casting age and range. The pieces must be carefully timed. The two pieces cannot exceed four minutes total and must be thoroughly memorized and rehearsed.

Schedule for January 21, 2017:

8:30 a.m. Check – in
9:00 a.m. Introductions and Questions/Answers
10:00 a.m. Auditions
1:00 p.m. Call-Backs Begin (15 minutes each)

Schedule for January 27, 2017:

12:00 p.m. Check – in
12:30 p.m. Introductions and Questions/Answers
1:00 p.m. Auditions
2:00 p.m. Call-Backs Begin (15 minutes each)

When making travel plans, do not plan to leave Tallahassee before 6:00 p.m. as the Call-Back schedule cannot be determined until the audition date.

Dates for Unified Auditions:

New York:  Sunday, January 22, 2017

Chicago:  Thursday, February 9, 2017

Los Angeles:  Saturday, February 11, 2017

BFA in Acting auditions at Unifieds will be scheduled in fifteen minute increments. The number of audition slots for each day is limited. For the audition, prepare two contrasting monologues that are within casting age and range. The pieces must be carefully timed. The two pieces cannot exceed four minutes total and must be thoroughly memorized and rehearsed.  Please arrive fifteen minutes before your scheduled appointment time.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The School of Theatre awards scholarships to selected incoming and continuing students in all BFA areas. Scholarships are awarded to incoming BFA students on the basis of academic ability and potential for achievement in their particular BFA emphasis.

Senior Project

During the final year in the BFA Acting program, students work with accomplished casting directors to prepare a reel that is distributed to producers, directors, agents, and casting directors.

More Information

Contact

Michele Diamonti
Director, Academic Student Services
239 Fine Arts Building
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1160
Email: mdiamonti@fsu.edu
Phone:  (850) 644 – 7234

For more information please contact the Acting Program.

Please see the Undergraduate Handbook for a listing of required courses to complete a BFA in Acting.