The Theater Major

Mason students have exciting opportunities to study with our faculty of Theater professionals, and to participate in productions of the Mason Players, the departmental producing unit.

Admission to George Mason University requires application through Mason's Admissions office. Declaring a Theater Major requires a demonstration of one's work and an interview with the School of Theater.

Theater Major Applicants are encouraged to seek admission to the university prior to their interview with the School of Theater. For information regarding admission to George Mason University, financial aid, and campus/virtual tours, please visit the George Mason University website. Admission to the university is determined by the Admissions Office.


Please note these deadlines are approximate. Always check for current deadlines at

Incoming Freshmen:

Early Application-November 1
Fall Semester-January 15
Spring Semester-October 15
Online Undergraduate Application

Transfer Students:

Fall Semester-April 1
Spring Semester-October 15
Online Transfer Application

2013-2014 Theater Major
Applicant Criteria and Interview dates

Theater Major Applicants are encouraged to interview in the Fall for admission beginning the following Fall (e.g. interview in Fall '13 for Fall '14 start date).

To be officially registered as a Theater Major, a student must successfully demonstrate his or her artistic ability, and interview before a Theater faculty panel.

Any Mason student may declare a Theater Minor without the interview requirement.

All Theater Major Applicants will be interviewed and must provide an appropriate resume. During your interview appointment time, each applicant will also demonstrate artistic ability. Choose the appropriate area of interest below, and prepare accordingly:


Audition with two prepared, contrasting monologues, not to exceed three minutes total. Actors will be asked to make adjustments and repeat portions of their work.

Musical Theater:

Audition with two prepared, contrasting monologues, and two prepared songs that demonstrate variety. Actor/Singers will be asked to make adjustments and repeat portions of their work. An accompanist is provided only on the “Musical Theater only” dates indicated below. Using our accompanist requires a $40 cash fee on day of audition, and includes a brief rehearsal prior to appointment time. You may provide your own accompanist. (Note: Auditions scheduled on dates other than those indicated as “Musical Theater only” will require an additional singing audition appointment with School of Music faculty.)

Designers, Technicians and Stage Managers:

Prepare a portfolio of material that demonstrates one’s theatrical work. Materials (photos, sketches, drafting, research, call sheets, playbills, etc.) should be clearly identified to indicate the applicant’s specific work on a project.

Playwrights and Dramaturgs:

Submit a writing sample to prior to the interview date.

Theater Education:

Audition with one prepared monologue not to exceed two minutes, and submit a written Teaching Philosophy statement to prior to the interview date.

Applicants may provide additional supporting materials if they wish.

Fri., Aug. 23, 2013

Sat., Oct. 5, 2013

Sat., Oct. 19, 2013

Sat., Nov. 2, 2013

Sat., Dec. 7, 2013 (Musical Theater only)

Sat., Mar. 1, 2014 (Musical Theater only)

Sat., Mar. 29, 2014 - Interviews

Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 - Interviews

Please contact the School of Theater at or (703) 993-1120 to schedule your appointment. If necessary, an applicant can request an individual appointment time to take place during normal business hours.

Successful Theater Major Applicants
will demonstrate:

• An appropriate level of craft and artistry;

• Commitment to the work as demonstrated by preparation for the

interview, audition, and/or portfolio review;

• A willingness to accept direction, criticism and mentoring;

• A willingness and ability to collaborate with students, faculty, and professionals.

Applicants will be notified of a decision as soon as possible. Applicants who are denied acceptance to the Theater major must wait one year before reapplying and must meet with the Director of the School of Theater one full semester prior to reapplying.

Online auditions and reviews also available!

When travel to Mason is just not possible, applicants may submit video or digital materials through

Mason’s School of Theater is excited to be a part of the audition prescreening network. At, prospective students can post audition videos or digital portfolio materials and submit them for prescreening for a nominal fee. While Mason does not require prescreening, we strongly encourage you to take a look and see if it looks right for you. We believe it has the potential to save prospective students and their families a lot of time and trouble, especially for those students who either live a great distance away and/or hope to apply to a number of schools.

IMPORTANT: If you live more than 250 miles away and choose to submit recorded audition materials, we strongly recommend that you submit those materials through To access the website, click on the button below:

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GMU School of Theater   |   Contact us at:   |   Office: (703) 993-1120   |   Box Office: (888)945-2468   |   4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030