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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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**2/3/2021 Announcement: we are extending the application deadline to March 1, 2021 for the following majors for fall 2021 entrance: Dramaturgy/Criticism, Projection Design, Theatre Management, and Wig and Makeup Design & Technology.**
The Theatre School does not use Early Action. Admissions decisions for The Theatre School are released in mid-March after a review of both the applicant's application materials and their audition or interview.
In order to be considered for admission to The Theatre School, you will need to submit all application materials and complete either an audition (BFA Acting) or interview (all other majors). Begin by submitting an online application to DePaul University and specify your intended major as a Theatre School program. Within 24 hours of submitting this, you will receive a confirmation email and access to the Blue Demon Domain - your personalized application status portal.
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Have an official copy of your high school transcript sent to The Theatre School Admissions Office. 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.
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.
International applicants may need to provide transcript translations.
BFA Acting applicants must submit one letter of recommendation; all other majors must submit three letters of recommendation.
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. Your recommender may send their letter to us by email or through The Common Application. Although we prefer electronic copies, we can also receive hard-copies if your recommender must mail their letter.
Most applicants can choose to apply with or without ACT or SAT scores. Homeschooled applicants must submit SAT or ACT scores. International students are required to provide proof of English language proficiency and can visit our international admissions page for a list of tests that fulfill this requirement.
If you choose to submit your test scores and they do not appear 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.
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.
BFA Acting applicants will need to submit the $65 audition fee, their photograph, and their 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 on-file in order to be considered for admission.
For more information about the audition, visit our BFA Acting "how to apply" page and our audition/interview page.
Students applying to a major within our Design/Technology Department will need to submit the $65 interview fee, a resume, and a portfolio through the Blue Demon Domain. Most majors (all except Stage Management) can register for an interview as soon as these items have been submitted. Stage Management applicants will need to submit additional materials and pass a prescreen prior to registering for an interview. An interview is required in order to be considered for admission to any of these majors.
For more detailed information about these requirements, click on your major:
To learn more about interviews, visit our audition/interview page.
Students applying to a major within our Theatre Studies Department will need to submit the $65 interview fee, a resume, and writing sample (Comedy Arts applicants will also need to submit a video of a comedic performance) through the Blue Demon Domain before registering for an interview. An interview is required in order to be considered for admission to one these majors.
Transcripts, letters of recommendation, and test scores should be emailed or sent electronically (Common Application, Naviance, etc.) to
The Theatre School Admissions Office and should come from the person/institution that issued them, not the applicant. All other materials can be submitted by the applicant through the Blue Demon Domain.
To see the status of your application materials, view the checklist on your
Blue Demon Domain. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all materials are received before the deadline.
Potential transfer students should read our transfer student FAQ to determine whether transferring into our conservatory makes sense for their academic plan. Current DePaul students who are looking to change their major to a Theatre School program ("intercollege transfer") should also read the transfer FAQ.
All majors within the Design/Technology Department will need to submit a resume and a portfolio, and complete an interview.
Your resume can include both theatre experience and non-theatre experience (extracurricular activities, employment, etc.) Your portfolio should include examples of work, projects, or assignments related to your major. Your resume and portfolio will be unique to you; we do not require a specific length or format and the Blue Demon Domain accepts a wide range of media files. Your portfolio can also include hyperlinks to your website or other content you have created.
You can click on your major below to read more about the interview:
Wig & Makeup Design and Technology
Theatre Studies Majors: Comedy Arts, Dramaturgy/Criticism, Playwriting, Theatre Arts, and Theatre Management.