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Video Audition Requirements

Video Audition Requirements

We strongly encourage all students residing in the 48 contiguous United States to audition in person, as it's the best way for adjudicators and admissions advisors to get to know prospective students. Due to travel and financial constraints, AMDA recognizes that some students will not be able to audition in person. For international and U.S. students who are unable to find a suitable audition location, we welcome a VIDEO SUBMISSION.

Please use the highest quality recording equipment available to you. For best results, place your recording device on a stationary object, such as a tripod or table. Do not tape a close-up; have your entire body (from head to toe) in the frame. Prior to recording, test that you are in focus and well lit, and that your video is free from distracting background noise.

Note: Video submissions are reviewed for BOTH admission and scholarship consideration.

What to include:

  • Start your recording device and state:
    • The date you are recording your audition
    • Your full name
    • The city and country where you live
    • The program for which you are applying (Acting, Dance Theatre, Music Theatre or Performing Arts)
    • The titles of the pieces you will perform

  • Performance requirements
    • BFA Acting and Studio Program (NY + LA):

      Prepare two (2) two-minute contrasting monologues (contemporary or classical).

      You are allowed a maximum audition time of four minutes. Monologues must come from published plays. Students may not use original (self-written) monologues or props.

    • BFA Dance Theatre and Dance Theatre Conservatory Program (NY + LA):

      Prepare two contrasting pieces of solo dance, each no longer than 90 seconds. Ground your first solo piece in classical ballet, jazz or modern technique—demonstrating basic turns, jumps and technical dance vocabulary. Your second solo is "free choice" and may include specialty styles (e.g., hip-hop, ballroom, tap, cultural) or any contrasting dance movement.

      Option: We encourage all Dance Theatre applicants to prepare a song or monologue selection in addition to the required 60-90 second dance solo.

      • One 60-90 second monologue (contemporary or classical). Monologues must come from published plays.
      • OR
      • Thirty-two bars of a song from the musical theatre or classical repertoire.
    • BFA Music Theatre and Integrated Program (NY + LA):

      One (1) two-minute monologue (contemporary or classical), and either two minutes or 32 bars of a song from the musical theatre or classical repertoire.

      Do not sing a cappella. Please use a live or taped accompaniment. You are allowed a maximum audition time of four minutes. Monologues must come from published plays. Students may not use original (self-written) monologues or props.

    • BFA Performing Arts (LA):

      Depending on your preferred focus of study (acting, dance or music theatre), follow the corresponding directions above.


  • When you are finished with your audition performance, please announce that you have reached the end of the submission, restate your name, and stop your recording device.

  • When your video audition is complete, upload it to YouTube, marking it as Unlisted (click here for instructions) and submit the link on the Video Audition page.