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MFA Acting

All MFA Acting applicants are required to attend an in-person audition as part of our admissions process. However, we understand that traveling to an audition site may be logistically or financially difficult for some of our applicants. For those applicants, we offer the option of submitting a video prescreen prior to making any travel arrangements. Students who choose not to submit the optional video are welcome to register for any available audition session after they have submitted the online application; students who do submit the video will need a callback decision before registering.

There is no admissions advantage to submitting or not submitting a video for prescreen. Applicants are encouraged to think about their travel needs, the audition dates/locations that are available, and their own personal preferences for sharing their work and navigating the audition process.

View Audition Dates and Locations

Applicants who wish to submit a video for prescreen must submit their application and upload their video to their DePaul Portal (under the "portfolio" section) by December 1. All other application materials will need to be received by February 1. Results of the prescreen are generally communicated by email within two weeks. Applicants who pass the prescreen must still attend an in-person audition session in order to be considered for admission. (See below for the audition day format.) Students cannot be admitted to the program on the video alone.
For the video, please upload a single video file that contains the following:

1. Introduction: your name and hometown (~10 seconds)
2. Full-body view classical monologue (~90 seconds)
3. Medium shot (three-button view) contemporary two-person scene; your scene partner may be anyone you choose, but they should be off-camera (and slightly behind it) so that we clearly see your face. You should not treat the camera as your scene partner. (~90 seconds)

About the Audition

Check-in begins at the audition start time. We encourage you to do your own warm-up prior to checking in. After a short information session, applicants will individually present their monologues to Theatre School faculty.

Each applicant should prepare two (2) monologues – one contemporary and one classical lasting a maximum of four minutes total.

After the individual monologue sessions, the faculty will lead the audition group through a class experience. The class may include improvisation, movement, or vocal expression work.

For the final part of the audition, you will be assigned a scene partner from among the other auditionees in your group. Under the direction of our faculty, you and your partner will work on a short “open scene” that the faculty will provide you during the audition. Once you and your partner have finished the scene work, you have completed the audition process.

NOTE: We encourage you to wear comfortable clothing appropriate for physical activity throughout the audition. However, if you feel the need to wear other clothing for your monologues there will be time to change prior to the class session.

About Your Monologues/text

  • Classical monologues must be in verse and either be Shakespearean or from the Restoration, Jacobean, or Elizabethan periods. 
  • Your text must be memorized.
  • Choose your text from plays. Do not use poems, films, or material from a one-person show.
  • Avoid selections from monologue books. If you do use one, make sure you read the entire play and understand the given circumstances of your monologue.
  • Choose text in which you speak directly to one other person and in which you play only one character.
  • Avoid using farce, as it tends to lead actors into superficiality rather than inner resources.
  • Do not use dialects/accents that are not your own.
  • Do not sing.
  • Because our goal is to see you, and not a character, we strongly suggest that you choose a role that is very close to your own life experiences in addition to being close to your true age.