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Undergraduate Admission

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Theatre School community consists of artists from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. We admit a diverse population of students and encourage applicants inclusive of all gender and sexual identities and expressions, including their intersection with racial and ethnic identities, as well as the multiplicity of identities in our ever-evolving society. For more information about our ongoing work in diversity and inclusion, read our diversity action statement.

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Dates & Deadlines

​All applicants to The Theatre School follow the same admissions timeline and all new students begin in the fall. If you are considering transferring into The Theatre School, either from a non-theatre program at DePaul University or from a different university, be sure to read our Transfer Student FAQ​.

Early August
​Application opens
December 1
Prescreen/Application Deadline (Acting and Stage Management only)
Applications close for Acting and Stage Management. Prescreen materials must be received by this date. 
February 1
Application Deadline (all other majors)
Applications close for all remaining Theatre School majors. All application materials must be received by this date.
Admissions decisions and Theatre School Scholarships are released
​​April 1
​Need-based financial aid awards are released
​​May 1
Deadline to respond to offer of admission​
Audition & Interview Dates

Application Process

B​egin by submitting an application to DePaul University and specify your intended major. (You cannot apply undecided to The Theatre School or submit more than one application.) Within 24 hours, you will receive a confirmation email and access to the Blue Demon Domain - your personalized application status portal​ - and prompted to begin the audition or interview process for your intended major.​​ To monitor the status of your application, log into the Blue D​emon Domain. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all materials are received before the deadline.​

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Auditions & Interviews

Applicants to the BFA Acting program will need to submit their $65 audition fee, photograph, and prescreen video through the Blue Demon Domain by December 1 in order to be considered for a callback audition. Students must complete a callback audition and have a completed application (all application materials received) in order to be considered for admission.

For more information about the prescreen and the callback audition, visit our BFA Acting "how to apply" page and our audition/interview page.

Applicants to the BFA Stage Management program must submit all application materials by December 1 in order to be considered for an interview. (This includes the $65 interview fee, resume, stage management portfolio, and stage management essay in addition to the general application materials like a transcript, letters of recommendation, etc.) To ensure your application is complete, view the checklist on your Blue Demon Domain. Students will be informed of their prescreen decision via email. Students selected to interview must complete the interview in order to be considered for admission.

For more information about stage management specific materials and what to expect for the prescreen and interview, visit our BFA Stage Management "how to apply" page.

Applicants to any non-Acting or non-Stage Management major at The Theatre School should register for an interview as soon as the major-specific materials listed below and the $65 interview fee have been submitted through the Blue Demon Domain. Interviews typically occur between December and early February, and we encourage you to apply early in order to have the widest range of dates, times, and locations available to you.

Click on your major to read more about the listed materials and what to expect at your interview:

To learn more about interviews or to register, visit our audition/interview page.

Application Materials

Although your audition or interview (and its associated materials) is the most important part of our admissions process, there are a couple other materials you will need to submit in order to complete your application:

Please request an official copy of your high school transcript be sent to The Theatre School Admissions Office. (Transcripts are not considered official if sent to us by the applicant.) If you have taken college credit courses you wish to have considered for transfer credit, please have your official college transcripts sent to us as well. We strongly prefer to receive electronic/emailed transcripts (send to over mailed copies.

Transfer students who have completed over 30 college credits or who are 24 years or older are not required to include high school transcripts alongside their college transcripts unless requested.

For international applicants: If your official transcript is in a language other than English, you will also need to submit word-for-word English translations of all pages.

BFA Acting applicants must submit one letter of recommendation; all other majors must submit two letters of recommendation.

Letters must come from the person writing it and should not be sent to us by the applicant. Request your letter(s) of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with your desire to attend The Theatre School such as a teacher, director, or employer. They should not be family members or personal friends. There is no specific form required for the letter of recommendation. Although we prefer electronic copies (email:, we can also receive hard-copies if your recommender must mail their letter (ATTN: Theatre Admissions Office, 2350 N. Racine Ave., Chicago, IL 60614).

A photograph is used for identification purposes and does not need to be an official headshot. This will be uploaded by the applicant through the Blue Demon Domain.

Almost all applicants can choose to apply with or without ACT or SAT scores; homeschooled applicants must submit SAT or ACT scores. If you choose to submit your test scores and they are not already included on your high school transcript, request the testing agency forward a score report to DePaul. Our college code number for ACT is 1012 and for SAT is 1165. Learn more about applying test optional.

Students educated outside the U.S. for secondary school (high school) are required to submit an exam score that meets our English proficiency requirement. Applicants can demonstrate proof of English proficiency by submitting one of the exams listed on this page. DePaul University does not have a preference as to which exam you choose to take; choose whichever is most accessible to you and allows you to submit official scores to us by the application deadline.

Want to learn more about applying, auditions/interviews, or what it's like to be a student at The Theatre School? Check out our FAQ and chat with current students!