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How to Apply

MFA Directing


Applications are available via Apply Web.

Application Fee

The application fee is $25.00. Application fees can be paid with a credit/debit card when completing the online application.

Official Transcripts

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


Request three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with your desire to attend The Theatre School. There is no form required for the letter of recommendation, just have your recommender send us a letter to


A photograph is required for identification purposes. Any photograph is acceptable provided it looks like you. A professional headshot is not required. Please submit your photograph with your application.


Submit a resume listing your theatrical experience and/or any related experience (employment, internships, activities, etc.). You must upload your resume when submitting the online DePaul Application.

Written Statements

Submit the five written statements described below. You must submit your responses using the online DePaul Application.

Test Results

The GRE is NOT required for admissions consideration.


All of your application materials should be submitted no later than December 15.

Application Status Check

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

All application materials (except transcripts) must be uploaded through the online DePaul Application.

Official transcripts should be mailed to:

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

The Written Statements

MFA Directing applicants should be prepared to answer the following five written statements as part of the online application:

  1. Based on your personal experiences to date, please write a personal statement in which you discuss what you feel are your strong points, where you feel you need more development, and exactly what it is you hope to get from this program and for what purpose(s).
  2. Create a one-page directorial analysis of The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Please include answers to the following questions: What is the play about to you? What kind of play is it? (Feel free to personalize this response directorially, e.g. Three Sisters might be a slapstick carnival in your production or Hamlet might be a political tragedy.) Who is the protagonist? (e.g. whose action drives the events of the story?) What is the protagonist’s driving action? (e.g. In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus’ driving action may be to find the slayer of the king.) What are the major conflicting forces at work in the play? How do you imagine the world of the play? How would you describe the acting style of the play in your production?
  3. Directorial Vision - Please describe a production you have directed that you believe best exemplifies your vision as a director.
  4. What three books have you read in the past 5 - 10 years that have most deeply influenced you?
  5. Define the word "theatrical.”

Finalist Audition/Interview

Finalists will be selected and contacted by mid-January to arrange for an in-person audition/interview. Depending on geographic location, finalists will be invited to the in-person audition/interview in Chicago, New York City, or Los Angeles. Dates will be announced in September.

If selected as a finalist, applicants must attend one of the above audition/interview dates to receive a final decision. Expenses for travel, lodging, etc., are the responsibility of the applicant. The audition/interview for finalists will consist of two parts – directing exercise and interview with directing faculty.

For the directing exercise you will be asked to direct a short scene from The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney. You will be provided two actors (either current Theatre School students or alumni) who will be memorized. You will also be provided some standard rehearsal furniture (e.g. chairs, tables). You will be given up to 30 minutes to direct the scene under the observation of the directing faculty. The expectation is to see you in the process of directing a scene “on its feet,” however there is not an expectation to see a “performance ready” piece by the end of the process.

Finally, you will interview one-on-one with the Directing faculty. We believe that during the interview, the questions you have for us are as important as the questions we have for you. There is no fixed format or schedule of questions for the interview but the faculty member(s) who conducts the interview may be interested in your theatre experiences, academic record, personal achievements, professional experience and plans for your artistic future.