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How to Apply

Due to the conservatory structure of the training, we only admit applicants for Fall quarter entry. The deadline to submit your MFA Acting application and additional materials is January 15 or two weeks prior to your audition date, whichever is earlier.


The first step is to complete the online application. As part of this application, you will be asked to upload your photograph and resume. The application fee ($75) is paid by credit or debit card when completing the application.


A photograph is required for identification purposes. Any photograph is acceptable provided it looks like you. A professional headshot is not required.


Submit a resume listing your theatrical experience and/or any related experience (employment, internships, activities, etc.).


An in-person audition at one of our scheduled audition dates is required for all applicants to the MFA Acting program. Only those who have submitted an application will be able to sign up for an audition. There is no separate audition fee. More information about the audition process can be found here.

Official Transcripts

Have an official copy of your academic transcript from every undergraduate college or university you have attended sent to The Theatre School Admissions Office.

Three Letters of Recommendation

Request three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with your desire to attend The Theatre School. You can electronically request a letter from a recommender through the online application, or you may simply have your recommender mail/email us their letter of recommendation.

Test Results

The GRE is NOT required for admissions consideration. 

Application Status Check

To check the status of your application, log into your DePaul Portal or give The Theatre School Admissions Office a call at (773) 325-7999. Please allow at least three weeks from the time you send in your materials before requesting a status check.

Application materials can be sent to us by email ( or they can be mailed to the following address:

The Theatre School Admissions Office
2350 N. Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60614-8422