by Katie Friis, Senior Assistant Director for Dance and Drama Admissions
As we kick off another exciting year in the Office of Admissions, I’m thrilled to share with you three major changes in the Drama Division:
First, we have announced the addition of a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) track within our Actor Training Program. This doesn’t change the total number of actors in the program (still 18 per year) or the length of the program (still a 4-year acting curriculum), but it does mean that students who have earned a bachelor’s degree prior to enrolling at Juilliard will now have the opportunity to earn a graduate degree here. Also, there are some special M.F.A. Seminars that have been added to the curriculum, which you can read about here: http://www.juilliard.edu/degrees-programs/drama/mfa-seminars.php And of course, we still have the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) option for those actors who haven’t yet earned a bachelor’s degree!
Next, we have introduced a mandatory pre-screening video requirement for all acting applicants who reside outside of the U.S.A. You can read the specifics here: http://www.juilliard.edu/apply/program-information/actor/index.php#pre-screening This process has been implemented because we realize that there is a great deal of time, energy, and expense required of any applicant who has to fly to an audition site, book a hotel room, eat at restaurants, etc. For applicants who reside outside of the U.S.A., this expenditure is usually the greatest (and realizing that it’s not terribly convenient to fly in from Alaska or Hawaii either, we’ve offered the option to pre-screen to these applicants). We hope that through pre-screening, we can save some applicants an unnecessary voyage, and confirm for others that it is indeed worth their trouble to attend the audition. Please keep in mind that the faculty will be reviewing the pre-screening videos with an eye towards who might be a good fit for our program and the School at this time – it is not a judgment of your overall talents or future prospects as an actor!
The final change is a much earlier application deadline for our Playwriting program: NOVEMBER 1! We do realize that this is quite early compared to other programs, but we have a small group of readers who read each and every applicant play in its entirety, and each play needs to be read by two separate people. This takes time and organization on our part, folks! Therefore, we decided to bump the deadline up so that we can get started on this process sooner, and hopefully notify our finalists earlier in the spring as well. The good news is, playwrights no longer need to send a hard copy of their play – we are asking for an uploaded copy of the play in the application, and an e-mailed “blind” copy for our readers. You can find complete application requirements here: http://www.juilliard.edu/apply/program-information/playwright/index.php
I hope this helps to explain some of the new processes for Drama Division applicants, but if you have additional questions, you know where to find us!