We offer a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Stage and Screen studies. We have concentrations in Performance (Acting & Directing), Design and Tech, and Playwriting/Screenwriting and Dramaturgy, and offer certifications in Teaching Theatre Arts PK-12 and Musical Theater (starting Fall 2013).
A student must interview with a faculty panel in order to apply to become a Theater Major. Additionally, actors must audition, designers and technicians must undergo a portfolio review, writers must submit a writing sample, and educators must provide a written statement of teaching philosophy. See details on the College of Visual & Performing Arts Admissions page.
Our season consists of 6 productions: 2 Mainstage plays, 3 Studio Series plays, and our annual Ten-Minute Play Festival. There are often additional presentations as well, including cabarets, capstone projects, special events, master classes and workshops. A Mainstage Musical is scheduled in our Concert Hall every other Fall.
Auditions are open to all full-time degree-seeking Mason students, including freshmen, all of whom are given equal consideration during the casting process. Mainstage shows are directed by faculty or professional guest artists, and use design teams of both students and professionals working together. Studio Series shows are student-directed. The Ten-Minute Play Festival offerings are written and directed by students.
We hold Unified Auditions for all plays scheduled for the semester during the first week of classes. Sign-up sheets for appointment times are posted on the door to the School of Theater, Performing Arts Building room A407. Unless otherwise posted, please prepare a monologue, (plus 16 bars of a song if auditioning for a musical), or you may choose to read from prepared sides available at the audition.
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