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Welcome to The Theatre School!

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Since 1925, our tradition has remained to educate, train, and inspire those who will shape the future of theatre. As a newly admitted student to The Theatre School, you are about to join a diverse and collaborative community of theatre-makers in one of the world's greatest theatre cities.

Connect & Chat

Theatre Admissions Office: theatreadmissions@depaul.edu or (773) 325-7999
Theatre School Financial Aid Counselor: Theresa Massey, tmassey3@depaul.edu or (773) 325-8129

Contact the Theatre Admissions Office to be put in touch with current students or faculty, or use the chat feature on our website to chat by text with current students! We are also happy to arrange one-on-one video or phone conversations between you and various members of our community.

Like we have in years past, we also have an Admitted Student Facebook Group for newly admitted students to connect with future classmates and to chat with current students. Admitted students can request to join the BFA Class of 2024 group or the MFA Class of 2023 group.

Virtually Explore

In the interest of health and safety due to the corona virus, DePaul University made the decision to move classes and many university operations online as of March 16. While this interrupts our plans to share our community in-person with you, we are committed to helping you learn and experience everything you can. Explore some of our virtual resources below and let us know if there's something that would be helpful to add; we'll get creative and see what we can do!​

The Theatre School building is our artistic home and used for classes, rehearsals, and productions. This video tour provides a peek at some of our most widely used spaces. Each video's description provides additional information and a link to the next stop on the tour. (Special thanks to Sarah Parker, 4th year BFA Sound Designer, for recording her tour for us!)

Part 1: Welcome to The Theatre School! Your tour starts here... (5th and 4th floors)

Part 2: The Healy (4th floor)

Part 3: The Reskin [Rehearsal Room] (4th floor)

Part 4: Room 403 & Studio Spaces (3rd and 4th floors)

Part 5: Movement Studios (3rd and 4th floors)

Part 6: Makeup & Wig Studio (3rd floor)

Part 7: Scene Shop (1st floor)

Part 8: The Watts (1st floor)

As theatre artists, we find creative solutions when life gives us lemons and roadblocks. As Theatre School faculty member Lisa Portes said in a recent DePaul Newsline article, “Everyone involved - students, directors, actors, designers, dramaturgs and playwrights - came together to reinvent what theatre could be in this pandemic. How they can create community and tell stories when we cannot gather is invaluable and conveys the true meaning of theatre."

The result is a series of radio plays, podcasts, interactive websites, staged readings, and other virtual media for our spring quarter shows. Check out our new Onstage/Online page to see what we have been working on. Or you can browse our production history to see photos and programs from previous productions.

DePaul University is located in Chicago and is split between two campuses: the Lincoln Park Campus and the Loop Campus. The Theatre School is located on the west end of the Lincoln Park Campus. Housing is available on both campuses, if you choose to live on-campus.

View Interactive Campus Maps

Virtual Walking Tour (focusing on undergraduate housing & on-campus dining locations)

 

Chicago is the nation's third largest city and very much a part of your classroom. From internships at some of the nation's top artistic institutions to working with guest artists drawn from the thriving professional scene all around us, Chicago offers endless opportunites to ready our students for the professional world.

Chicago is home to 200+ theatre companies, 60+ museums and cultural institutions, 400+ annual neighborhood festivals, and so much more. The CTA, Chicago's public transit system, connects both of DePaul's campuses to each other and to many of Chicago's vibrant neighborhoods. All Theatre School students have an unlimited transit pass ("UPass") included as part of tuition so there's no need to factor in commuting costs while you're here. Whether you choose to live off-campus or just use it to explore the city when you have free time, it is easy to get around.

Learn more about getting around and using your UPass

DePaul's Off-Campus Housing Resources

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Learn More About...

We welcome you to re-visit the Undergraduate Conservatory or Graduate Conservatory pages to read about your program, including the classes you will take and the kinds of production work that is built into your program. Then visit the Theatre School News blog to see how our alumni put their training into action.

 

Ready To Make Your Decision?

Shortly after being admitted, you received a two-part email with instructions on setting up your Campus Connect account. You will need this in order to complete your "next steps". Once you are enrolled at DePaul, you will use Campus Connect for all of you university business. If you did not receive this email or if you have forgotten your Campus Connect password, contact DePaul's Information Services Help Desk at (312) 362-8765. Be sure to mention that you are an admitted student.

Once your Campus Connect log-in has been set up, you can use that username and password to access the Blue Demon Domain (for BFA students) or the graduate application portal (for MFA students). The portal's checklist now lists everything you need to do in order to enroll at The Theatre School at DePaul!

Tell us where you're heading this fall by logging into the Blue Demon Domain (for BFAs) or the Graduate Application Portal (for MFAs) and submitting the intent to enroll form. Be sure to submit your response form by the date listed on your acceptance letter!

There is a non-refundable $500 tuition deposit to secure your seat as a new student at The Theatre School. This deposit will be applied toward your account and will be deducted from your bill for the fall quarter. It is easiest to pay your tuition deposit online, but if you choose to mail a check, please make it payable to "DePaul University", include your full name and student ID in the memo space, and mail it to:

DePaul University
Office of Undergraduate Admission
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604

BFAs: On-campus housing is guaranteed to all new undergraduate Theatre School students who submit their on-campus housing agreement and $400 prepayment by June 1. You can do this through the Blue Demon Domain. You are not required to live on-campus. About 70% of DePaul's first-year undergraduate students choose to live on-campus. Most of DePaul's on-campus housing is located on the Lincoln Park Campus (the same campus as The Theatre School building) but you can choose to live downtown in a high-rise on DePaul's Loop Campus if you prefer. All new students who live on-campus will have a roommate and be required to be on a meal-plan. You can learn more about on-campus housing and meal plan options through DePaul's Housing website. If you have questions, you can contact DePaul's Department of Housing at (773) 325-7196 or housing@depaul.edu. 

MFAs: There is no on-campus housing for graduate students on the Lincoln Park Campus where The Theatre School is located, but there is housing on DePaul's Loop campus. Most graduate students choose to live off-campus.

BFAs & MFAs: Whether you live on-campus or off-campus, you can use your U-Pass (which is included as part of tuition) to take unlimited rides on the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) trains and buses during the academic year. Your U-Pass will get you all over the city, including connections to Amtrak Stations and both O'Hare and Midway. Read more about the U-Pass and getting around Chicago here.

Before you can register for orientation, you will need to complete DePaul's online placement tests for writing and math. (The placement tests for chemistry and languages are optional, but you should take these tests if you plan to take either chemistry or language classes at DePaul.) You can access the placement tests in the Blue Demon Domain.
 
Need more information? Visit this page to learn more about the placement process, or you can contact dpcl@depaul.edu or (312) 362-8610 with questions.

Students who have taken these exams may earn college credit at DePaul University. In order to be reviewed for credit, the score reports must be official - they must come directly from the testing agency. We cannot except self-reported scores or scores that were included on a high school or college transcript. To read about how each test may translate to DePaul credit, please visit this page.

BFAs:
Orientation is online this year! You will need to complete the pre-orientation online module first. Orientation will help you learn about DePaul and register for your classes. Traditional first-time college students will register for Premiere DePaul; transfer students will register for Transition DePaul. If you have any questions about orientation, you can contact the New Student and Family Engagement team at orientation@depaul.edu or (773) 325-7360. 
 
The Chicago Quarter is a class that is required of all new BFA students. All new Theatre School students take a theatre-specific version of Discover Chicago, which is designed to support students as they move through their first academic term at DePaul University and learn about the theatre scene in Chicago. The course is team-taught by a faculty member, staff member, and current student from The Theatre School. Read more about the Chicago Quarter class.
 
MFAs:
Orientation is a day-long event that introduces you to the city of Chicago, your faculty, and the Theatre School building. It is also when you will register for classes! The Theatre School runs its own orientation for its graduate students, so any questions should be directed to The Theatre Admissions Office at theatreadmissions@depaul.edu or (773) 325-7999.
 
Before you can settle in to life at The Theatre School, we will need your most up-to-date academic records.
 
For BFA students coming from high school, this means a final transcript that lists final grades and a date of graduation; for BFA students coming from another college, this means up-to-date college transcripts for coursework completed prior to starting at DePaul. MFA students will not need to resubmit transcripts unless they were admitted prior to completing their undergraduate degree or if a transcript must be verified.
 
A transcript must come from the school that issued it in order to be considered official. If we do not have an official final transcript on-file, you may not be able to register for classes! Official transcripts can be sent directly to The Theatre School electronically (theatreadmissions@depaul.edu) or by mail:
 
ATTN: Theatre Admissions
2350 N Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
 
Enrollment is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance, which includes the coursework you take after learning of your acceptance to DePaul. Students who have fallen significantly below the academic standards on which their admission was based may have their admission revoked.

DePaul University complies with Illinois state law, which requires all students attending a campus location to provide proof of immunization. Please review the immunization requirements for more details. You can upload your records through the Blue Demon Domain. If you experience trouble uploading these documents, please contact DePaul Central at (312) 362-8610 or dpcl@depaul.edu.