Due to the structure of the program, we admit applicants for Fall
entry only. Completed applications should be received 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 five written statements as part of the online application:
- 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).
- 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?
- Directorial Vision - Please describe a production you have directed that you believe best exemplifies your vision as a director.
- What three books have you read in the past 5 - 10 years that have most deeply influenced you?
- Define the word "theatrical.”
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 electronicallu 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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. Depending on geographic location, finalists will be invited to the in-person audition/interview in Chicago, New York City, or Los Angeles. Dates are announced in September on our auditions/interviews page.
If selected as a finalist, applicants must attend one of the our audition/interview dates 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.