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Auditions Dance MFA

Audition Dates

MFA auditions will be February 1 & 2, 2018
Register for your audition HERE

Registration Deadline: January 1, 2018

PLEASE NOTE: Admissions to the MFA Dance is a two part process: You will also need to fill out an online application to the university in addition to registering for an audition. Application information can be found here: Graduate Admissions

What to expect:

MFA Sample Audition Schedule

Applicants will participate in a two day on-campus audition including performance of the applicant’s original choreography (3 minutes), technique class in Modern, Ballet, and Improvisation (expertise in all forms is not required), an in-person writing sample, and a faculty interview.

Applicants will have the opportunity to meet faculty, observe classes, meet with the Graduate Program Assistant to discuss admissions and financial aid, and tour Theatre & Dance facilities and the University at Buffalo campus.

International students may submit a video audition and participate in a phone or internet-facilitated interview. A faculty panel will evaluate application materials. Contact the Academic Manager for more information on international applications

How to register:

To register for the MFA Audition please start by filling out an MFA Audition Registration Form.

Once you have registered for the audition, please submit your completed application through our online application:

  1. Current CV or resume;
  2. Digital work samples of original choreography (no more than 10 minutes);
  3. 1-3 page statement of intent;
  4. 2-3 page sample of academic writing (which can be an essay written expressly for the application or a copy of a previously written academic paper);
  5. Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with applicants creative work as a performer, choreographer or student;
  6. Copy of transcripts (undergraduate and any completed graduate work)
    • Official transcripts will be required if applicant is admitted to program.

Note: GRE scores are not required for MFA applicants.

For questions about the program, please contact:

Anne Burnidge, Director of Graduate Studies


Teaching Assistantship (TA) Auditions

Teaching Assistantships are available to qualified students with prior teaching experience. Please submit additional materials as listed on the online application (Gradmit). An on-campus teaching audition and interview will be scheduled for select applicants. Priority will be given to those who attend the February 1 & 2 auditions and who submit their completed application by December 1st , 2017.

If you have any trouble uploading, you can also send a hardcopy to:

Katie Mallinson
Academic Manager
Department of Theatre & Dance
University at Buffalo
285 Alumni Arena
Buffalo, NY 14260

Katie Mallinson, Academic Manager

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