BFA Auditions

Admission to the Acting, BFA Major is by audition and interview. At this time, we are conducting interviews virtually and accepting auditions by prerecorded video only. Students may audition for the major prior to enrolling at UMBC or during the first year of study.

Please note, students cannot be admitted to the BFA in Acting Major without acceptance to UMBC by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions

2021-2022 Interview Dates

  • Early Action (Freshmen and Transfers): November 13, 2021
  • Transfer Applicants: January 22, 2022
  • Linehan Scholar Applicants ONLY (Freshmen): February 5, 2022
  • Fall Decision (Freshmen and Transfers): March 5, 2022
  • Summer 2022 Decision (Freshmen and Transfers): August 27, 2022

Interviews are 15 minutes and will be held between 12-3pm

Current UMBC students who are interested in joining the BFA Acting program should contact the Theatre Department at to set up an appointment with the head of the BFA Acting program.


Scheduling an Interview and Submitting an Audition

To schedule an interview appointment, please fill out the Interview Registration Form or contact us at or (410) 455-2917.

Please note: If you are interested in the Linehan Scholarship program, please go here for more information for prospective Freshmen theatre majors. Linehan applicants who are actors will automatically be considered for acceptance into the BFA Acting program during their Linehan interview and audition, and will not need to conduct an interview or audition with the Theatre Department.

Once you submit the form, you will receive a confirmation email to schedule your interview time. You will also receive information on how to submit your audition video.

We will accept audition videos at any time by or before 5pm the day before your interview.

Login information for the Zoom audition is sent separately on the Friday before the interview day. Only those candidates who have scheduled an interview day using the form above will be sent the link.

Audition Requirements:

Freshmen: Prepare one 60-90 second contemporary monologue (comic or dramatic).

Transfer: Prepare two, contrasting, 60-90 second monologues (no more than 3 minutes all together). The pieces may be either comic or dramatic, contemporary or classical.

Ideally, your audition monologue should feature material you feel connected to and excited to perform. It’s helpful if the monologue is from a published play, but not required.