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Drama Division Actor Training Program Application and Audition Requirements

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The 2016 application for admission has now closed and we are not accepting any late applications.

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Programs and Eligibility for Acting Applicants

The Juilliard School Drama Division’s Actor Training Program offers a four-year conservatory program leading to one of the following:

  • a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (with Liberal Arts requirements) for students who have not previously completed a bachelor's degree;
  • an undergraduate Diploma (without Liberal Arts requirements) only for students who request specific permission from the Office of Admissions (Statistics and other disclosure information for non-degree diploma programs can be found here.);

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  • a Master of Fine Arts degree for students who will have earned a bachelor's degree in any field of study prior to enrolling at Juilliard.

The application and audition process is identical for all applicants, regardless of degree level. Each year, the Actor Training Program will accept a total of 18 students for all degree levels. This group of 18 actors will be comprised of 8-10 undergraduates and 8-10 graduates, who will work through the four-year acting curriculum together as a group. Liberal Arts and other selected courses will be taken separately by degree level.

Please note: Double majors are very rare at Juilliard, due to the strenuous nature of the performance-based curriculum. It is only possible to double major if both majors are within Classical Music; it is not possible to combine divisions (for example, Drama and Music).

  1. All applicants should be aware that the Actor Training Program is a four-year program of study, regardless of prior study, transfer status, or degree level.
  2. All applicants to the Bachelor of Fine Arts or undergraduate Diploma program must be high school graduates or possess the equivalent of a high school diploma before they can enroll at The Juilliard School. See Secondary School Requirements for more information.
  3. All applicants to the Master of Fine Arts program must hold a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent from a foreign institution, generally including at least 24 college-level credits in liberal arts subjects) from an accredited institution of higher learning before they can enroll at The Juilliard School. Undergraduate study in drama is not a prerequisite for applicants to the MFA program.
  4. All applicants must submit an application for admission by December 1, and attend a live audition as scheduled. There are no exceptions to the live audition requirement. Applicants whose native language is not English or who reside outside of the U.S.A. and Canada are required to submit a pre-screening video by December 1 in order to be considered for an invitation to a live audition.
  5. All applicants are permitted to apply and audition no more than two times per degree level to the Drama Division’s Actor Training Program, if in receipt of unfavorable results. Only one application and one audition per applicant per admissions cycle is permitted.
  6. BFA applicants who are applying as transfer undergraduates from another institution should be aware that previous credits earned in drama courses will not be accepted. Up to 12 credits of Liberal Arts courses may be accepted at the discretion of the Office of the Registrar.

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Deadlines for 2015-16

IMPORTANT NOTE: All dates listed below are "RECEIVED BY" deadlines - including application fees, checks, and fee waiver requests.

Online Application, including essay December 1
Application Fee or Fee Waiver Request December 1

Pre-Screening Video (If applicable)

December 1
Letter of Recommendation Two weeks prior to audition
Resume and Photograph Bring to audition
Audition January-February
Transcripts (only if called back) March 11

Proof of English Language Proficiency
(only if called back)

March 11
Final Callback Weekend March 11-13

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Application and Essay

  1. The application for admission is available here beginning September 1.
  2. The deadline to submit the online application is December 1.
  3. All applicants are required to submit an essay as a component of the online application. Juilliard’s Admissions Committee uses your essay to learn more about you as an individual, and gain a sense of who you are beyond your application, transcript and audition. Please write about why you have chosen to become an actor and your personal artistic goals. We encourage you to write frankly and openly about your life, your connection to your art, and how you see your art connecting to the world. Share your passion about people or politics or other art forms or about anything that speaks to you. Essays should be 1 - 2 pages, double-spaced, in a 12 point font. You will be asked to upload your essay in the online application.

    If you have a unique or specific personal or academic history about which you feel the Admissions Committee should be aware, please feel free to upload an additional, optional short essay to share with the Committee. Please note that this essay is totally optional, and should only be submitted if an explanation is required for an unusual circumstance.  Some examples might be: reasons for taking a gap year; an unusually low or poor grade, semester or year on a transcript, etc.

  4. Once the complete application (including application fee or fee waiver documentation) is received by The Juilliard School, an email with instructions on how to self-schedule an audition will be sent. Due to the volume of applications received close to the December 1 deadline, it may take up to  five business days for you to receive the email, and we appreciate your patience. Please note that pre-screened applicants will not receive this email, but will be notified of the results of their pre-screening video no later than December 11. If invited to the live audition, the applicant will be emailed with a confirmation of their scheduled audition no later than December 22.

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Application Fee and Fee Waiver Requests

The application fee of $110 is nonrefundable. Payment by credit card is preferred. Check or money order payments must be made payable to The Juilliard School. All checks must be drawn on a U.S. bank. If paying by check or money order, payment must be RECEIVED BY December 1, 2015, or it will be considered “late” and may not be accepted. Applications are not considered “complete” until payment or fee waiver documentation has been received.

Fee waivers are available only for eligible high school seniors. Eligible applicants include those who can demonstrate significant financial need by providing one of the following by December 1:

  1. An official College Board fee waiver form (available through high school guidance offices) signed by a high school guidance counselor;
  2. An official SAT fee waiver form signed by a high school guidance counselor;
  3. A letter on school stationery from a college/guidance counselor stating that the applicant qualifies for the free lunch program;
  4. If the applicant can be claimed as a dependent by a family member or guardian, a personal letter describing the family's financial situation; or
  5. If the applicant is independent, copies of 2014 tax forms OR a personal letter describing her or his financial situation.

Applicants who select the fee waiver option must upload one of the above documents to the online application. The file cannot exceed 600 KB in size and should be in .doc, .wpd, .rtf, .xls, .pdf, .docx, .xlsx or .txt format. Please note: .jgp files are not acceptable. You must convert your file to another format if scanning your document. Applicants requesting a fee waiver will not be able to submit their applications without a fee if appropriate documentation is not uploaded to the online application. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to discontinue any application that does not provide appropriate documentation showing that the applicant qualifies for a fee waiver.

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Late Applications

The 2016 application for admission is now closed and we are not accepting any late applications this year.

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Letter of Recommendation

All applicants to the Drama Division must submit ONE letter of recommendation. This letter must be received by the Juilliard Office of Admissions at least two weeks prior to your scheduled audition.

  • First-time college applicants should submit a letter from a high school academic teacher, preferably in English, History, or other Language Arts course work. Juilliard continues to renew its efforts to identify and educate leaders in the profession, students who can be outstanding performers and also effective advocates, collaborators, teachers, and community partners. The impetus behind this requirement is to gain insight into the applicant’s abilities in English and should acknowledge the applicant’s speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension abilities.
  • Home-schooled applicants should submit a recommendation from someone other than a parent who can address the issues listed above. In addition, this recommendation should address social maturity and ability to integrate well with other students and colleagues.
  • Transfer and college graduate applicants to the Drama Division’s Actor Training Program should submit a recommendation from a teacher, director, or coach who can discuss his/her work as an actor.

Juilliard Admissions is adopting and promoting a paperless and environmentally friendly application process. Therefore, we ask that you submit no more than one letter of recommendation. Additional letters of recommendation are not required or necessary. 

Letters of Recommendation may be submitted online via the application system, by mailing a hard-copy to the Office of Admissions, or via email to dramaadmissions@juilliard.edu. The Juilliard School strongly prefers that letters of recommendation be submitted online.

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Transcripts

If you are called back at your audition, you will receive a request for transcripts at that time; otherwise, they are not required.

Called-back applicants who have attended a secondary school, conservatory, college, or university prior to filing this application should send the official transcripts of school records. Official transcripts must be in a sealed envelope, or be sent directly from the issuing institution. In order for an application to be complete, a partial transcript must be on file prior to the final callback weekend (March 11-13, 2016). This applies to U.S. and international applicants.

  • Current high school seniors and high school graduates who have not attended college should submit transcripts from all secondary schools attended.
  • College transfer applicants who have completed less than 3 semesters of college-level study should submit transcripts from all secondary schools AND colleges attended.
  • Applicants who have completed more than 3 semesters of college-level study (or who have graduated from an undergraduate degree program) should submit transcripts from all college programs attended.

All applicants who are offered admission must submit an official final transcript indicating their graduation date no later than July 1, 2016. This applies to both U.S. and international admits. Juilliard reserves the right to rescind admission to any applicant whose file documentation is deemed insufficient and/or incomplete. It is the applicant’s obligation to see that the completed records are filed. Report cards, grade reports, and other student records are not acceptable as final records.

For students who are graduates of foreign institutions, equivalency information and translations may be obtained through World Education Services, (212) 966-6311. Applicants who are called back must submit official school transcripts accompanied by notarized English translations (if applicable) by March 11, 2016.

Juilliard Admissions is adopting and promoting a paperless and environmentally friendly application process. Therefore, we ask that you do not send your transcripts to Admissions unless you are called back on your initial audition day.

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Secondary School Requirements for BFA and Diploma Applicants

The following guidelines are intended to clarify The Juilliard School’s expectations for those who are applying for admission as first-time college students:

Graduation From High School:

Candidates for the BFA or undergraduate Diploma must be either high school graduates or possess the equivalent of a high school diploma prior to enrollment at Juilliard.

Although The Juilliard School does carefully evaluate the transcripts and diplomas earned by applicants, there are no specific courses, GPAs, or class rank required. Transcripts are reviewed to ascertain scholastic competence sufficient to succeed in course work at the college level, and an essay is required to help evaluate the intellectual and scholastic aptitude of prospective students.

Homeschooling Documentation:

The Juilliard School recognizes homeschooling as a viable educational alternative; however, there are important and explicit regulations governing acceptable documentation. We evaluate homeschooled students on the same basis as students from public and private schools: demonstration of academic preparedness for college-level study is a critical component in consideration for admission.

Homeschooled applicants must complete the Homeschooling Information section in the Application for Admission. Your answers will provide guidance to our staff, especially as we evaluate your academic history. The aim is to help the Admissions Committee understand how you have worked to demonstrate mastery of academic and arts subjects, as well as achieve excellence across your curriculum. Anything you or your academic supervisor can do to explain and contextualize your educational circumstances can only be helpful in the Juilliard admissions process.

In addition to completing the Homeschooling Information section of the online application, you must also submit the following:

  • TRANSCRIPTS. We realize that the transcripts of homeschooled students may be different from those of traditional high school students. Regardless of format, your transcript should include:
    1. All courses taken, including those in progress, and the academic year and semester in which each was taken.
    2. Assessment of performance (letter grades, percentages, portfolio commentary, etc.) and an explanation of any applicable grading scales.
    3. Evidence of official recognition by the school district and/or state department of education.
    4. Optional: a full outline of curriculum by subject; reading lists.
    5. If you attended a high school for any period of time, you must submit official high school transcripts of any/all high school work.
    6. Additionally, if you enrolled in any college courses, you must submit official college transcripts.
  • SAT or ACT. All homeschooled applicants are required to take the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT (with Writing, where offered).

Juilliard reserves the right to rescind admission to any applicant whose file documentation is deemed insufficient and/or incomplete.

Juilliard Admissions is adopting and promoting a paperless and environmentally friendly application process. Therefore, we ask that you do not send your homeschooling documentation to Admissions unless you are called back on your initial audition day.

General Education Development Program (G.E.D.):

High school equivalency diplomas are issued by states to eligible applicants who pass the qualifying examinations. Specific age eligibility and proof thereof are required. The Juilliard School adheres to the regulations governing eligibility established by the New York State Education Department and will accept G.E.D.s from qualified applicants. The Juilliard School will also accept the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (T.A.S.C.).

While there are valid reasons for certain applicants to obtain the G.E.D., it is not a substitute or shortcut for a traditional secondary education. Juilliard’s Admissions Committee carefully reviews all candidates’ academic records for preparedness for college-level study. In general, the G.E.D. will only be accepted as a supplement to demonstrated high academic achievement.

Applicants who intend to submit a G.E.D. in place of a high school diploma must demonstrate a strong academic history comparable to four years of high school through additional documentation which may include, but is not limited to: high school and/or college transcripts; appropriate homeschooling documentation; submission of standardized test scores such as the SAT or ACT; Advanced Placement (AP) exams, etc. 

Important notes:

  • Applicants who will have a G.E.D. by the time that official transcripts are due are strongly encouraged to also submit either the SAT or ACT to demonstrate academic achievement.
  • Applicants who are homeschooled and will be taking the G.E.D. due to state requirements must provide all required documentation for homeschooling, including transcripts and standardized test scores.
  • In addition, the School reserves the right to rescind admission to any applicant who does not meet the appropriate state education department regulations as written.

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Proof of English Language Proficiency

If you are called back at your audition and your native language* is not English, you will receive a request for proof of English language proficiency at that time; otherwise, it is not required.

Bachelor of Fine Arts and undergraduate Diploma:

The ability to speak, read, and understand English fluently is an important factor in admissions decisions. All applicants for whom English is not the native language* (regardless of citizenship) must demonstrate English Language Proficiency with a TOEFL, ACT or SAT score which meets the minimum requirement, with the exception of:

- those who have attended school(s) where instruction was provided entirely in English, on a full-time basis for a minimum of seven out of the past 10 years. This may include primary and/or secondary schools for first-time college applicants. For transfer applicants, this may include years spent at an undergraduate institution.

Master of Fine Arts:

The ability to speak, read, and understand English fluently is an important factor in admissions decisions. All applicants for whom English is not the native language* (regardless of citizenship) must demonstrate English Language Proficiency with a TOEFL score which meets the minimum requirement, with the exception of:

1. those who have attended an English language high school/secondary school for four years; AND

2. have/will complete a four-year undergraduate degree at an English language institution.

MFA applicants who will have studied full-time for at least six years at English-speaking institutions prior to enrolling at Juilliard, including four years at an undergraduate institution, may request a waiver of the TOEFL score. Years spent in full-time ESL or ELL programs do not count towards the six year minimum requirement. To apply for a waiver of the TOEFL:

  • Submit a letter explaining your academic background and enclose official transcripts totaling six years of study in English (include all college and high school transcripts as needed) by March 1, 2016. It is acceptable for the applicant to be in the sixth year of study if currently enrolled in an English-speaking institution. Transcripts should show strong grades in academic classes.
  • The letter and all transcripts must be included in the same envelope; transcripts that are received separately from the letter will not be reviewed and the waiver request will be considered incomplete.
  • Incomplete or late requests will not be considered, without exception.
  • Applicants who are not granted a waiver will be required to submit an official TOEFL score, as noted above.
  • Applicants who are granted a waiver and admitted to the School must also take the English Language Placement Exam during Orientation at the beginning of the fall semester.

TOEFL Minimum Score Requirements

IBT Total

IBT Writing

CBT Total

CBT Essay

PBT Total

BFA: 73

MFA: 89

BFA: 11

MFA: 21

BFA: 200

MFA: 230

BFA: 3.0

MFA: 5.0

BFA:533

MFA: 570

SAT Minimum Score Requirements

(Undergraduate applicants ONLY may submit either section)

Critical Reading

OR

Writing

550

550

ACT Minimum Score Requirements

(Undergraduate applicants ONLY may submit the ACT or ACT PLUS Writing)

ACT English AND Reading

OR

ACT Combined English/Writing

24 on BOTH sections

24

*The Juilliard School defines "native language" as the language first spoken as a child, and the primary language spoken at home.

  • Visit the TOEFL Web site for more information.
  • The Juilliard School’s CEEB code is 002340. The Juilliard School's ACT code is 2778.
  • Current and former Juilliard college students do not need to submit another TOEFL.
  • College transfer and graduate applicants: If you submitted a TOEFL score report to your undergraduate institution that meets our minimum requirements, you may ask that institution's Registrar to send to us directly an official photocopy of the score report in a sealed school envelope. It is important to note that not all schools will release this information and applicants who wish to pursue this option should research it well in advance so as to leave themselves time to take another TOEFL, if necessary.

Juilliard Admissions is adopting and promoting a paperless and environmentally friendly application process. Therefore, we ask that you do not send your test scores to Admissions unless you are called back on your initial audition day.

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Standardized Tests

Juilliard does not require the SAT or ACT unless an applicant is homeschooled. However, applicants for whom English is not the native language may submit SAT or ACT scores in lieu of the TOEFL to demonstrate English Language Proficiency (see here for further instructions). The Juilliard School’s CEEB code is 2340. The Juilliard School's ACT code is 2778.

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Other

The Admissions Office reserves the right to seek additional information from former teachers, administrators, or guidance counselors to assist with admissions decisions.

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Transfer Students

Transfer status is available only to those accepted into undergraduate programs in Dance, Drama, and Music who have completed work at a post-secondary institution after graduating from high school.

Transfer applicants who enroll in the Drama Division's Actor Training Program should be aware that the training is a mandatory four-year program.

Liberal arts courses taken at accredited conservatories, colleges, or universities may be transferred after the Registrar has assessed the official transcripts from those institutions. Credits in those subjects will be evaluated in light of the liberal arts requirements in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program at Juilliard. Credit will not be allowed for courses in which the applicant has received a grade lower than C or its equivalent. Transfer students are required to take a minimum of 12 liberal arts credits in residence at Juilliard. No transfer credit is given for Advanced Placement courses or college courses taken while in high school.

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Currently Enrolled Juilliard Students

  1. Currently enrolled Juilliard students seeking to enter a new program of study must apply formally by the appropriate application deadline and must audition during published audition dates.
  2. The application fee of $110 will be waived for all current students who submit their applications on or before the deadline.
  3. Requests for approval of a late application must go to the Associate Dean for Admissions, and the full fee of $110 will be charged for approved late applications.
  4. The Admissions Office reserves the right to review a student’s enrollment record to assist with admissions decisions.

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Formerly Enrolled Juilliard Students

  1. Former college students who have not been in attendance during the previous academic year and who plan to apply for readmission must submit an application and fee to the Office of Admissions by the appropriate deadline.
  2. All former students applying for readmission are required to take the regular entrance auditions.
  3. The Admissions Office reserves the right to review a student’s enrollment record to assist with admissions decisions.
  4. The Juilliard School statute of limitations policy limits the amount of time allowed to elapse between a student’s original enrollment in a program of study and completion of that program.

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Applicants With Disabilities

The Juilliard School seeks to facilitate the full participation of disabled applicants in the audition process. The School makes reasonable accommodations or adjustments for qualified individuals with known disabilities in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (A.D.A.). Juilliard will not make pre-admissions inquiries as to whether or not a student has a disability; however, applicants with documented disabilities who require reasonable accommodations in order to participate in the audition process must notify the Office of Academic Support Services (OASS) in writing by December 15, 2015 to the address below. Applicants will be required to submit documentation of their disability to OASS, and to complete an Applicant Release of Disability Related Information Form and an Audition Accommodation Request Form. All information will be kept strictly confidential.

Office of Academic Support Services
The Juilliard School, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023
(212) 799-5000 Ext. 213

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Pre-Screening

Please note: you must submit your online application for admission BEFORE you submit a pre-screening video.

1. All applicants whose native language (defined as the language first spoken as a child, and the primary language spoken at home) is not English are required to submit a pre-screening video by December 1 to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The pre-screening requirement is not dependent on citizenship status or on permanent address. Please read the pre-screening video requirements here

2. All applicants who reside outside of the United States and Canada are required to submit a pre-screening video by December 1 to be considered for an invitation to a live audition. The pre-screening requirement is not dependent on citizenship status or on permanent address, nor is the requirement waived for those applicants who have already made travel plans to the U.S. for other purposes. If you currently reside outside of the U.S. and Canada, you MUST submit a pre-screening video by December 1.

3. Applicants who reside in Alaska, Hawaii, or Canada, and whose native language is English, have the option to submit a pre-screening video by December 1. This option may be exercised entirely at the discretion of the applicant.

4. Please do NOT submit a pre-screening video if you reside within the 48 contiguous United States or Puerto Rico AND your native language is English.

5. Pre-screening decisions are final. Applicants who are not invited to the live auditions based on their pre-screening video will not be permitted to schedule a live audition. Applicants who are invited to a live audition based on the results of the pre-screening are required to attend a live audition in order to be considered for admission. An invitation to a live audition is not an offer of admission, nor is it a guarantee of a callback.

6. Pre-screening results will be e-mailed to all applicants no later than December 11, 2015, along with audition information for selected applicants. The Drama Division faculty will review pre-screening videos on a rolling basis between September and December. If you would like your pre-screening results earlier so that you have more time to plan for possible audition travel, it is advisable to submit your pre-screening video in September or October.  In general, we expect that pre-screening results will be emailed to the applicant within two weeks of video submission. Please note that pre-screening videos will not be reviewed unless the application for admission has also been submitted. 

7. Pre-screening videos must be submitted via the Accept'd portal, available here: http://app.getacceptd.com/juilliard There is a $15 charge to submit a pre-screening video, payable via credit card on the Accept'd portal. Videos must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on December 1, 2015. Incomplete or insufficient pre-screening materials may affect consideration for an invitation to a live audition. Applicants who fail to provide required pre-screening materials by the deadline will not be considered for an invitation to a live audition, and their application will be discontinued.

Pre-screening videos should contain the following material, in the order listed:

Please note: You will have the option to upload each section as a separate file, or one large file containing all required sections. Depending on your file sizes and internet connection speed, it may be easier to upload each section separately.

1. A brief introduction of the applicant, filmed from the shoulders up. In the introduction, please clearly state:

  • Your first and last name as it appears on your application, as well as any other names you may use
  • Your current city and country of residence
  • What degree level you are applying for (BFA, Diploma, or MFA)
  • What pieces you will be performing (character, title of play, and playwright)

After the introduction, please film one of your monologues so that your entire body is visible. For the remaining monologue(s), you may choose whether to film full-body, close-up, or a combination of the two.

2. One contemporary monologue, no more than two minutes in length. Contemporary monologues may be taken from works spanning the time of Anton Chekhov to present day.

3. One classical monologue in verse or blank verse (NOT prose), no more than two minutes in length. Possible classical selections include: Greek plays in verse translation, Lope de Vega, William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, John Webster, John Ford, Racine in verse translation, William Congreve, and Richard Brinsley Sheridan.

4. If your first language is not English, please present one additional monologue in your native language, no more than two minutes in length. If you have the capability to include subtitles in English in the video of your native language monologue, please do. However, if you do not have access to this type of video editing software, you will not be penalized (i.e., please do not purchase special software solely for this purpose). You will also have the option to upload a document containing an English translation of your native language monologue in the Acceptd system.

5. You will also be asked to upload your resume as part of your pre-screening submission.

Please carefully consider the space in which you are filming: What is in the background (furniture, people, pets, signs, etc.)? Does your clothing contrast with the background color so that you are clearly visible? Is there an echo? Is there enough light? While we do not require professional video quality, it is to your benefit to create the best possible conditions for filming. Please also review your video before submitting it to be sure that you can be clearly seen and heard throughout the duration of the video.

 

Click here to upload your pre-screening video.

 

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Resume and Photograph

Applicants are required to bring one copy of their resume to the audition. The resume should include the applicant’s name (and any alternate name used), current city of residence, education, and any experience related to the theater and performing arts. There is no specific required format for the resume, nor are there any expectations about an applicant’s level of experience or training. The resume is used as a reference for faculty, and is by no means a critical element in the admissions decision.

Applicants are also welcome to bring one photograph or headshot to the audition. Photographs are optional. There is no penalty for not providing a photograph. The photograph or headshot does not need to be taken by a professional, nor is there any specific format for photographs. However, it is helpful if photographs are no larger than 8.5”x11”, so that they can fit into a standard file folder.

Resumes and photographs will not be returned to applicants, so please do not submit more than one copy of each at your audition. Also, please do not mail or e-mail your resume or photograph in advance of the audition.

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2016 Audition Dates

Applicants are required to appear for a live audition on one of the dates listed below in order to be considered for admission to the School. Please note that audition slots are limited.

NEW YORK, NY

(NOT part of Unified Auditions)

Friday, January 22 - 9:00am
Saturday, January 23 - 9:00am
Sunday, January 24 - 9:00am
Thursday, January 28 - 9:00am
Friday, January 29 - 9:00am
Saturday, January 30 - 9:00am

On all audition days in New York, callbacks will begin mid-afternoon and will last well into the evening.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Tuesday,  February 2 - 9:30am or 2:30pm
Wednesday, February 3 - 9:30am or 2:30pm
Thursday, February 4 - 9:30am or 2:30pm
Friday, February 5 - 9:30am or 2:30pm

Callbacks on February 2, 3, 4, & 5 will be held in the evening.

There are fewer audition slots in San Francisco than there are in New York or Chicago.  If you are interested in auditioning in San Francisco we recommend submitting your application well in advance of the deadline.

CHICAGO, IL

(NOT part of Unified Auditions)

Sunday, February 7 - 9:30am or 2:30pm
Monday, February 8 - 9:30am or 2:30pm
Tuesday, February 9 - 9:30am or 2:30pm
Wednesday, February 10 - 9:30am only

Callbacks on February 7, 8, & 9 will be held in the evening. Callbacks on February 10 will be in the afternoon.

FINAL CALLBACKS 
IN NEW YORK

Friday-Sunday, March 11-13

More information about the audition & callback process is available here.


Applicants will be required to self-schedule their audition via an online system. A link to the online audition scheduling system will be emailed to the applicant within 72 business hours of receipt of the complete application, including application fee or fee waiver documentation. If the applicant plans to submit the application fee via postal mail, the audition scheduling email will not be sent until The Juilliard School has received and processed the payment. Pre-Screened Applicants: If you will submit a pre-screening video, you will not be sent the audition scheduling e-mail until your pre-screening video has been approved by the Drama Division faculty. Pre-screening results, and audition invitations for selected pre-screened applicants, will be sent no later than December 11.

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Audition Materials

  1. Four memorized monologues (two classical and two contemporary), each approximately two minutes in length. One of the classical selections must be from a play by Shakespeare. In the initial audition, we will ask each auditioner to present two monologues – one classical and one contemporary – of contrasting natures. The remaining two monologues are in reserve, in the event we need to see additional material. Please note: Do not select monologues from monologue books and please be prepared to answer questions about the entire play from which your selection is chosen.
    • Classical material must be in verse or blank verse — NOT PROSE. Possible classical selections include: Greek plays in verse translation, Lope de Vega, William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, John Webster, John Ford, Racine in verse translation, William Congreve, and Richard Brinsley Sheridan.
    • Contemporary selections may be from Anton Chekhov to present day.
  2. Applicants should prepare 16 bars of any song (to be sung a cappella). If an applicant is asked to sing, it is an opportunity for our faculty to find out information about an applicant’s vocal range and instrument. Please note: Not all applicants will be asked to sing during the audition process and a trained singing voice is not required for admission.
  3. Applicants are required to bring one copy of their resume to the audition. Applicants are also welcome to bring one photograph or headshot to the audition. Photographs are optional. Please refer here for more information on resumes and photographs. Please do not mail or e-mail resumes or photos before your audition.
  4. Applicants who are invited to a live audition after passing pre-screening are permitted to use the same monologues in the live audition that they prepared for the pre-screening recording.
  5. If you have any additional questions about monologues, we have provided a "Frequently Asked Questions" section monologue faqshere.

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Audition and Callback Process

Initial Audition
Applicants are scheduled to participate in an audition session that includes an orientation and group warm-up prior to their audition. The orientation and warm-up session provides the applicants an opportunity to ask questions about the audition process as well as prepare themselves vocally, physically, and mentally for their audition. There is also limited individual warm-up space available in New York only for the applicants during the audition day.

After the orientation and warm-up session, applicants are assigned a specific audition time. Applicants will audition alone before a faculty panel comprised of instructors from the acting, voice/speech, and movement disciplines. Applicants are asked to wear comfortable clothing that permits freedom of movement. In the initial audition, we will ask each auditioner to present two monologues – one classical and one contemporary – of contrasting natures. Please be mindful of the length of your monologues; we kindly request that each monologue be limited to two minutes in length.

First Round Callbacks
All first round callbacks take place on the same day as the scheduled audition. Those individuals selected to participate in this initial callback process should plan on being available for the remainder of the day and evening. Please note: If an applicant does not receive a first round callback, he/she is not being considered for admission.

Applicants selected for first round callbacks may be asked to do any or all of the following: participate in group exercises, repeat their audition monologues, present additional monologues, do improvisations and cold readings, and sing a cappella. Some individuals will be asked to stay after the callbacks for an interview with faculty.

At auditions in New York, a callback list is posted at the conclusion of the audition session, usually between 1-2 p.m. The callback session usually begins around 3 p.m. and lasts well into the evening. Please be prepared to stay all evening, in the event you are called back.

In Chicago and San Francisco, callback lists are posted at the conclusion of each audition hour both in the morning and afternoon sessions. All called-back actors from both sessions will be asked to return at 6 p.m. for the callback session, which lasts into the evening. Please note that on February 10, there will only be morning audition sessions and callbacks will begin at approximately 1 p.m.

Final Round Callback Weekend
Approximately 40 individuals will be selected from the first round callbacks to come to New York for three days the weekend of March 11-13, 2016 for a final callback round. During this process, candidates for admission will work intensively with faculty, and have the opportunity to speak to current students and discover more about The Juilliard School. The incoming class of approximately 18 students will be selected from this final callback session. Limited travel stipends for the final callbacks only will be available to applicants who demonstrate a high level of financial need.

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Criteria for Acceptance

In auditioning and interviewing potential students, the Drama faculty looks especially for the following qualities:

  • A serious commitment to an acting career in the professional theater
  • A potential for meeting the technical standards of Juilliard’s professional training program
  • A potential for vital, individualistic, trainable growth—regarded as more important than the applicant’s present state of technical accomplishment
  • Energy, openness of mind, enthusiasm, and a readiness to take risks
  • A body, voice, and imaginative/emotional powers promising significant dramatic development
  • A potential for identification with the thought process of a text
  • A generosity of spirit essential to ensemble playing
  • A sense of humor, a sense of language, a sense of rhythm, and a capacity for sustained concentration
  • A readiness for hard, rigorous work
  • All applicants must be completely fluent in written and spoken English.

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Mailing Instructions

With the exception of official transcripts and TOEFL scores, which should be mailed directly from the issuing institution to The Juilliard School only if you are called back at your audition, all application materials may be submitted online. However, hard-copy letters of recommendation are acceptable if the teacher cannot access the online system.

All application materials that need to be sent via post (including application fees paid by check) should be mailed to:

The Juilliard School - Office of Admissions
Attn: ACTING application
60 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

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