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Auditions & Interviews

An audition or interview is required for admission for all Theatre School programs. You must submit an application and certain application materials (for some programs, you must also pass a prescreen) before you are able to sign-up for an audition or interview through our online registration system. Audition/interview dates and locations are listed below, by program.


For Undergraduate (BFA) Applicants:

Callbacks (BFA Acting)

BFA Acting applicants must pass the prescreen before registering for a callback. For more information, visit the BFA Acting "how to apply" page and audition page.

Chicago/On Campus (2350 N. Racine Avenue)
Saturday January 12, 2019
Saturday January 26, 2019
Saturday February 2, 2019
Tuesday February 5, 2019
Wednesday February 6, 2019
Saturday February 16, 2019

New York City (Ripley Grier Studios, 520 8th Avenue)
Friday January 18, 2019
Saturday January 19, 2019
Sunday January 20, 2019

Los Angeles (Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 9620 Airport Blvd.)
Sunday February 10, 2019
Monday February 11, 2019

Interviews (all other BFA majors)

BFA Stage Management applicants must pass the stage management prescreen before registering for an interview. There is no prescreen process for our other non-acting majors and all students must complete an interview as part of their admissions process.

Chicago/On Campus (2350 N. Racine Avenue)
Saturday October 20, 2018*
Saturday November 3, 2018*
Saturday January 12, 2019
Saturday January 19, 2019
Saturday January 26, 2019
Saturday February 2, 2019
Saturday February 9, 2019
Saturday February 16, 2019
*Applicants are also welcome to attend Debut DePaul, our fall open house, the day before. Registration is done separately.

Houston (JW Marriott Houston Downtown, 806 S. Main St.)
Saturday December 1, 2018

New York City (Ripley Grier Studios, 520 8th Avenue)
Friday January 18, 2019
Saturday January 19, 2019
Sunday January 20, 2019

Los Angeles (Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 9620 Airport Blvd.)
Sunday February 10, 2019
Monday February 11, 2019

Custom Interviews (Phone/Skype)
If possible, we encourage you to interview in-person at The Theatre School or at one of our regional locations. However, applicants who are unable to make it to any of the above interview days may instead request a custom interview through our online form, which is available on the interview registration page. Your application must be 100% complete (all materials received) by February 1 and the request form must be submitted by February 8. Custom interviews are held between 9am and 5pm Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday, around faculty schedules. Custom interviews will not be scheduled past February 16, our last in-person interview day.

For Graduate (MFA) Applicants:

MFA Acting

All MFA Acting applicants are required to attend an audition in order to be considered for entrance to the program. More information about the audition process can be found on the MFA audition page.

Chicago/On Campus (2350 N. Racine Avenue)
Saturday January 26, 2019
Tuesday January 29, 2019
Wednesday January 30, 2019
Saturday February 2, 2019
Saturday February 16, 2019

New York City (Ripley Grier Studios, 520 8th Avenue)
Saturday January 19, 2019
Sunday January 20, 2019

San Francisco (San Francisco Marriott Marquis, 780 Mission St.)
Saturday February 2, 2019

MFA Directing

​MFA Directing applicants must submit all required application materials by December 15. Finalists will be selected in mid-January and will then need to be available for an interview day at The Theatre School on Saturday, February 16. Detailed information about the interview day can be found here.

MFA Arts Leadership

MFA Arts Leadership applicants must submit all required application materials by December 15. Finalists will be selected in February and will be required to attend an in-person interview at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in early spring (typically around mid-March.) Details of the interview day will be communicated to finalists by email.