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How to Apply

Due to the structure of the program, we admit applicants for Fall entry only. Completed applications should be received no later than December 15, and finalists will be selected for an in-person interview to be completed in March with personnel from The Theatre School and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. The in-person interview takes place in Chicago at the applicant's expense. Significant consideration regarding the admissions decision will be placed on the in-person interview.


The first step is to complete the online application. As part of the application, you will be asked to complete several writing prompts (see below) and upload a copy of your resume. The application fee ($75) is paid by credit/debit card when submitting the online application.


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

The Written Statements:

MFA Arts Leadership applicants should be prepared to answer the following three written statements as part of the online application:

  1. Write an autobiography of approximately 500 words that summarizes your life experience.
  2. Write a personal statement of approximately 500 words regarding your career goals and how the arts leadership program will help you to achieve those goals. Also describe what you will bring to the arts leadership program.
  3. Write an essay of approximately 300 words in response to one of the following:
    • What makes you an outstanding leader? What weaknesses prevent you from being a better leader?
    • Describe an ethical dilemma that you faced in the workplace and how it was resolved.
    • Describe a time when a colleague strongly disagreed with your views, ideas, or methods. How did this impact your working relationship? How did this impact the work or project? How did this impact your intent or motivation to complete the work?

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 a letter directly to The Theatre School Admissions Office.

Test Results

The GRE is NOT required for admissions consideration but may strengthen application consideration if your undergraduate grade point average is less than 3.0.

Application Status Check

To check the status of your application materials, 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