College of Visual and Performing Arts
George Mason University
George Mason University Mason
George Mason University

Apply and Audition

Applying to our Programs is a Two-Step Process

Admission to George Mason University does not guarantee your acceptance into our programs. However, all College of Visual and Performing Arts majors must be admitted to Mason.

How to Apply

Step One

Apply to the university. Your application to the university must be on file prior to your audition. We strongly encourage you to apply to the university by November 1 to receive maximum scholarship consideration, including merit and talent-based scholarships. The regular decision application deadline is January 15, and the transfer application priority deadline is March 1.

Step Two

Program Audition, Portfolio Requirements

A student must interview with a faculty panel in order to apply to become a Theater Major. Additionally, actors must audition for the program, 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.

We are looking for:

  • 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.

Students must schedule their audition or interview through SlideRoom. See details on the College of Visual & Performing Arts Admissions page. You will receive an email confirmation of your program audition date.

If you have any questions, please contact School of Theater Program Manager, Kevin Murray or at 703-993-2195. If necessary, an applicant can request an individual appointment during normal business hours. Theater major program auditions and portfolio reviews will take place within the School of Theater on the Fairfax Campus.

Audition, Portfolio Review and Interview Dates for 2020-2021

Although our Theater representatives attend auditions and callbacks held annually at the Virginia Theatre Association (VTA) Conference and the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), these are considered pre-screening events. It is still necessary to audition and/or interview before a panel of Theater faculty to be considered for our major. It is expected that in-person auditions, portfolio reviews and interviews will resume in the Spring of 2021. Please schedule your audition or review appointment through SlideRoom after August 3, 2020. If you reside more than 250 miles from Mason, you may submit your materials and video audition electronically on SlideRoom. (NOTE: Musical Theater vocal auditions must be conducted in person, but may be scheduled for a later date than your online submission). If you have questions, please  contact the School of Theater.

Our upcoming dates for auditions and portfolio reviews for 2020-2021:

February 6

February 20

March 6

March 27

April 3 (Transfer Applicants Only)

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