APPLICATION IS A TWO STEP PROCESS
1) Create an application to the university via Apply Texas.
2) Create an account and upload all materials for your application to the BFA Acting program via our page on ACCEPTD (The BFA Acting program will begin accepting applications via ACCEPTD Sept. 1st)
Texas State BFA Acting Alum ROBERTA COLINDREZ (second from left) I LOVE DICK costars
- Texas State University is a four-year, conservatory-style training program. We believe that the future of American acting requires artists who receive rigorous, affordable training in small ensemble classes taught by current industry professionals.
- Our classes are comprised of 12-14 students (compare with 20-30 in some training programs).
- We guarantee out-of-state students in-state tuition rates.
- Our graduates receive extensive training in the entrepreneurial business aspects of acting in addition to craft and artistry.
- We provide a New York Senior Showcase attended by industry professionals and are proud that many of our seniors secure representation in major markets.
- Texas State University produces between 10-15 productions annually and freshmen are eligible to act their spring semester. Our producing spaces can be seen on our facilities page
- We offer study abroad opportunities at The Globe, The RSC, The National Theatre and The Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
- Acting for Film and television course work is a required element of our curriculum.
- Our Guest artist program provides numerous additional perspectives, techniques and networking.
- The Acting faculty are working professionals with extensive credits and vibrant continuing careers.
- COMPARE COSTS: An actor graduating with little to no debt vs. an actor graduating with enormous debt has a FAR better chance of surviving and thriving.
"Freddy Arsenault is a Broadway actor with six figures of student loan debt, thanks to the MFA acting program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts…Thanks to interest, however, his monthly contributions haven’t even made a dent in the amount he owes, which still stands at $165,000.” -By Stefanie O’Connell, Magnify Money
**All materials and applications will be posted through Get Acceptd.
- DECEMBER 1, 2018: If you wish to attend the callbacks on-campus January 26th or 27th
- JANUARY 2, 2019: If you wish to attend the callbacks at Chicago Unified Auditions February 5th, 6th or 7th
- The Los Angeles Unified Auditions TBA
- JANUARY 2, 2019: If you wish to attend the callbacks on-campus February 16th or 17th
- February callback dates fill quickly; we advise that you submit your pre-screen video prior to the deadline.
- Application Fee
- Headshot and Resume
- Desired Callback Date and Location
- Acting audition. 2 contrasting monologues, each 90 seconds in length. Have a third and fourth ready at callback in the event the faculty would like to see more. At least one Shakespeare monologue.
- Personal Introduction*
- 2 Letters of Recommendation (Performance letters preferred)
Please note - Letters you send to Undergraduate Admissions are not shared with us.
* Any delays in receiving your official transcripts and letters of recommendation will not keep you from receiving a callback, however, you MUST include your Texas State application ID number you received when you applied to the university in your Get Acceptd application information.
We want you to feel creative and excited about your material. Your choices help us understand more about you and your creativity. We pay attention to the material that you choose and your creativity within that material. We require two contrasting monologues, each no longer than 90 seconds. Your first 90-second monologue should be an age-appropriate character from either a dramatic or comedic realistic contemporary play published after 1975. Your second 90-second monologue should be a character that uses elevated language (Shakespeare, Restoration, Jacobean, Greek etc) from a time period of your choosing. Each monologue should be no longer than 90 seconds for a performance total of no longer than 3 minutes and does not include the time for your slate.
Your slate is a chance for us to see and hear you when you are not acting. This introduction does not count in your time allotment but you should be brief and to the point.
Part I of your slate: Please film part I of your slate in a way that allows us to see your entire physic. Say your name and the names of the pieces you will be performing.
Part II of your slate: Please film part II in a medium shot, from the top of your head to your waist.
In part II please reveal and name your superpower. Next, tell us what your name would be if you were a dolphin and what your dolphin’s job would be in the Pod.
Performing your monologues
We are interested in the way your characters relate to the space around them and encourage you to think about this. You can use a chair; you can walk toward or away from the camera. You may stop the camera between monologues but there should be no internal edits in your pieces.
Callbacks: On-Campus or at The Chicago or Los Angeles Unified Auditions
Please come prepared to perform two contrasting monologues (either the same two monologues you used for your prescreen auditions or two different contrasting monologues.) In addition, please come prepared with at least two additional monologues in the event faculty request to see additional material. These additional monologues can be from contemporary plays, films or Shakespeare. * I cannot stress enough the importance of your character's relationship with space and movement within the monologues.
Personal Essay (1000 words or less)
Your written introduction allows us an opportunity to get to know you, be honest. Don’t feel you need to impress us or be overly humble. Don’t identify your weakness as "being a perfectionist.” Don’t waste time trying to figure out what you think we want to hear. We are looking for 12-14 unique, diverse company members for the BFA Acting Program. Tell us what inspires you, what scares you, what challenges you, what you find funny, tell us about your family or friends or strange obsessions. What instruments you play or about your YouTube channel or your babysitting empire. What are your favorite films and why? What is your startling and surprising talent that we’d never suspect? Relax and write what will allow us to see you more clearly. You are required to provide two letters of recommendation. You may upload this documentation via Acceptd or have these materials sent directly to the University at the following email address: email@example.com, your first and last name must be included in the subject.
You are required to provide two letters of recommendation for the BFA Acting Program. You may upload this documentation via ACCEPTD or you may send them directly to our department (see address below). These are different than the academic recommendation letters requested by the university (we do not have access to those). The letters we are requesting should primarily focus on your work and work ethic as a performer and other areas of interest and achievement outside of academics.
Email Letters to firstname.lastname@example.org
(We no longer accept mailed letters of recommendation)
As soon as your file is complete we will review your audition video within 7-14 days. You will be notified on your ACCEPTD profile if you have received a callback. Please check your ACCEPTD profile frequently and make sure your email address and phone number is current.
University Application Requirements
You are required to apply to the university in addition to the BFA Acting program. Both applications must be submitted at the same time.
In order to schedule your callback you must have completed your application to the university and provide us with your assigned Texas State ID number.
Declare your major as Pre-Theatre when apply to the university.
Apply through Undergraduate Admissions.
We request you also apply to the Honors College upon acceptance into the university if you meet the following criteria:
Top 10 percent of your high school graduating class, or
Composite score of 27 on the ACT, or
Composite score of 1180 on SAT (math and critical reading scores added)
Visit the Honor's College for more information.
Personal Introduction* Guidelines
Your written introduction allows us an opportunity to get to know you. Be honest. Don't feel you need to impress us or, conversely, be overly humble. Don't waste time trying to figure out what you think we want to hear. We are looking for 12 to 14 unique artists for the BFA Acting Program who know themselves and will most benefit from what our program has to offer. Tell us about yourself and what inspires you as an artist.
Areas to address in your introduction (1000 words or less)
What do you feel is special and unique about you?
What do you feel are your strengths and weaknesses are as a person and an artist?
What are your other interests and hobbies?
What kind of career do you see yourself having in show business? Do you have passions outside of acting If so, what are they? (writing,directing, composing, plays, film, tv, etc.)
Number and include your name on each page
We are committed to having the top talent in the country in our program, therefore, we offer out-of-state students scholarship money that qualifies them for in-state tuition. The result is students in our program pay a fraction of what the other top programs demand, whether they live in Texas or Tennessee, Dallas or Delaware, Pennsylvania or the Panhandle. As an out-of-state student, you need not apply for this particular scholarship as you are automatically considered for it. There are additional merit and need-based scholarship opportunities from the Department of Theatre and Dance for in and out-of-state students. These scholarships require an application that should be submitted with your initial application.
Download the application to apply.
Visit the Financial Aid for academic-based scholarships.
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