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How to Apply

Due to the structure of the program, we admit applicants for Fall entry only. Applications should be completed no later than December 15. Finalists will be selected for an in-person interview/audition.


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

The Written Statements

MFA Directing applicants should be prepared to answer the following 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 directorial response, 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?

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. To be official, a transcript must come directly from the institution that issued it; copies sent to us by students are not considered official.

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.

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

About the Finalist Audition/Interview

Finalists are typically selected in mid-to-late January and will be invited to spend the day with us on our Chicago campus. Finalists will have the opportunity to tour The Theatre School and meet current students and faculty, in addition to completing their admissions audition/interview during the visit day.

If selected as a finalist, applicants must attend the our audition/interview day in order 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 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.

You will also 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.