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How to Apply

Due to the conservatory structure of the training, we admit new students only once a year and all new students begin in the fall. The deadline to submit your application materials for the MFA Acting program is February 1. All application materials must be received by this date. Applicants interested in the optional video prescreen will need to submit the online application and their prescreen video by December 1.

Required Application Materials

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 submitting the online application. There is no separate audition fee.
A photograph is required for identification purposes and will be uploaded as part of the online application. 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.). You will upload your resume as part of the online application.
Only those who have submitted an application will be able to register for an audition through our online system; applicants are emailed a registration link shortly after their online application has been received by The Theatre School. For more information about the audition process and what you will need to prepare, visit the MFA audition page. For audition dates and locations, click here.
A transcript is considered official only if it is sent to us directly from the institution that issued it; a transcript sent to us by the student is considered unofficial. International students should visit our international admissions page for additional instructions about submitting transcripts, as international transcripts must be sent through an evaluation company.
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 by providing their information on the recommenders page, or you may simply have your recommender mail or email us their letter.

If you are a non-native English speaker who has not completed a bachelor's or master's degree in the United States, you will need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Visit our international admission page for more information.

The Theatre School admits a diverse acting pool and encourages 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 on how The Theatre School strives for equity, diversity, and inclusion, read our diversity action statement.

Application Status Check

To check the status of your application, log into your DePaul application portal or give The Theatre School Admissions Office a call at (773) 325-7999. 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

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