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Auditions & Interviews

​​​​​​​An audition or an interview (depending on your program) is required for admission to The Theatre School; students must submit an application to DePaul University (naming their intended major) before they can begin the audition or interview process. Registration is done online on a first come, first served basis and typically closes 5-6 days before the audition or interview is scheduled to take place. We encourage you to apply early in order to have the widest range of dates and times available to you.

Questions about what you'll need or what to expect? Visit our audition/interview FAQ!
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Undergraduate (BFA) Applicants

BFA Interviews

Interviews are required for all BFA programs other than BFA Acting. Interviews take place between December and early February. Exact times for in-person interviews as well as dates/times for virtual interviews vary by major due to faculty schedules; applicants must log into the interview registration page to see the specific dates/times available for their major.​

1. Submit your application to DePaul University. Within about 24 hours, you will receive access to the Blue Demon Domain.

2. Upload your major-specific materials (listed below) and the interview fee to the Blue Demon Domain. You cannot register for an interview if these items are missing. (Stage Management applicants have additional requirements and must pass a prescreen.) For more information about application materials, please visit our undergraduate admissions page.

Comedy Arts - resume, writing sample, comedic performance video

Costume Design - resume, portfolio

Costume Technology - resume, portfolio

Dramaturgy/Criticism - resume, writing samples

Lighting Design - resume, portfolio

Playwriting - resume, writing sample

Projection Design - resume, portfolio

Scene Design - resume, portfolio

Sound Design - resume, portfolio

Stage Management - Applicants to the Stage Management program must submit all application materials (including a resume, portfolio, stage management essay, transcript, letters of recommendation, etc.) in order to be prescreened. Those who pass the prescreen will be invited to set up an interview.

Theatre Arts - resume, writing sample

Theatre Management - resume, writing sample

Theatre Technology - resume, portfolio

Wig and Makeup Design & Technology - resume, portfolio

3. Log in to our interview registration page and select a date/time for your interview.

On-Campus in Chicago (available for all majors):

Saturday, January 22, 2022               

Saturday, January 29, 2022               

Saturday, February 5, 2022               

Saturday, February 12, 2022             

New York City, NY (available for Comedy Arts, Dramaturgy/Criticism, Playwriting, Theatre Arts, and Theatre Management)

Friday, January 28, 2022                    

Saturday, January 29, 2022               

Sunday, January 30, 2022                  

Anaheim, CA (available for Comedy Arts, Dramaturgy/Criticism, Playwriting, Theatre Arts, and Theatre Management)

Sunday, February 13, 2022                

Monday, February 14, 2022

Virtual (Zoom) (available for all majors)

A variety of dates and times are available in December, January, & early February. Please log into the interview registration page to view an up-to-date list of what is available for your program.

BFA Auditions

The audition process for the BFA Acting program is done in two steps: a video prescreen and a callback. Prescreens are due by December 1 and callback auditions occur in January and February.

1. Submit an online application to DePaul University, selecting BFA Acting as your intended major. This is due by December 1; it typically takes 24 hours for your application to reach us and for you to gain access to The Blue Demon Domain for step 2. Please plan accordingly.

2. Upload your audition fee, photograph, and prescreen video to the Blue Demon Domain. These items are due December 1.

3. It takes about two weeks for us to review your prescreen materials and notify you by email of your callback decision. If you have passed the prescreen, you will be emailed a link to the callback registration page. Select whichever date/time/location works best for you and we'll see you at your callback!

For more detailed information about the prescreen and callback, including what to prepare and what to expect, please click here.

On-Campus in Chicago, IL:

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Saturday, February 5, 2022               

Monday, February 7, 2022                

Tuesday, February 8, 2022                

New York City, NY

Friday, January 28, 2022                    

Saturday, January 29, 2022               

Sunday, January 30, 2022                  

Anaheim, CA

Sunday, February 13, 2022                

Monday, February 14, 2022

Virtual (Zoom)

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Saturday, February 12, 2022

 

Graduate (MFA) Applicants

MFA Acting

Prescreens are due December 1. Upon passing the prescreen, you will be provided with a link to the MFA callback registration page and asked to register for your callback audition. Callback auditions will be offered:

Saturday January 15, 2022 - Online/Virtual
Saturday January 2​2, 2022 - On-campus in Chicago
Saturday January 29, 2022 - New York City​​
Saturday February 5, 2022 - On-campus in Chicago​

For more information about what your prescreen must include and what to expect at the callback audition, please visit our MFA Acting audition page.

MFA Arts Leadership

Arts Leadership applicants must submit all application materials by January 31. Decisions about finalist interviews are communicated by email and finalist interviews typically take place in mid-March. For more information about the application process, click here.

MFA Directing

Directing applicants must submit all application materials by December 15. Decisions about finalist interviews are communicated by email and finalist interviews will take place on February 5. For more information about the application process, click here.