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How to Apply

Due to the conservatory structure of the training, we admit applicants for Fall quarter entry only. The deadline to submit your MFA Acting application and materials is February 1. Applicants who are interested in the optional video prescreen will need to submit their applications and videos by December 1. (All other application materials can be submitted by February 1.)


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.). 


Only those who have submitted an application will be able to register for an audition through our online system. There is no separate audition fee. 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.

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. A transcript is considered official only if it is sent 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 go through an evaluation company.

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 or email us their letter.

Standardized TestING

The GRE is NOT required for admissions consideration. 

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 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