The Theatre School > Conservatory > Graduate Conservatory > Directing > How to Apply
Due to the structure of the program, we admit new students only once a year and all new students begin in the fall. Applications should be completed no later than
December 15. Finalists are typically selected in mid-January and the finalist interview day takes place in February.
For fall 2021 applicants, the finalist interview day will take place virtually due to COVID-19. Significant consideration regarding the admissions decision will be placed on the finalist interview.
MFA Directing applicants should be prepared to answer the following written statements as part of the online application:
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 by providing their information on the recommenders page, or you may simply have your recommender email their letter to email@example.com.
If you are a non-native English speaker who has not completed a bachelor's or master's degree in the United States, you will need to submit test scores from an English proficiency exam. Visit our international admission page for more information.
If selected as a finalist, applicants must attend a finalist interview day in order to be considered for admission to the MFA Directing program. Due to the coronavirus, all interview days will take place virtually for fall 2021 applicants. Interview days will be conducted over Zoom and will begin with a group information session to learn more about the program and meet the faculty. Exact times for the individual work (directing exercise and interview) will be assigned at the end of the information session by the faculty; applicants should plan to be available for the full afternoon. Throughout the day, applicants have the opportunity to get to know current students and ask questions.
The individual work at your assigned time will consist of two parts - a directing exercise and an interview with faculty. For the directing exercise, you will be asked to direct Scene 1 from
Far Away by Caryl Churchill. You will be provided actors (either current Theatre School students or alumni) who will be memorized. 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/stage ready” piece by the end of the process. During the interview, we believe that 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 who conducts the interview may be interested in your theatre experiences, academic record, personal achievements, professional experience and plans for your artistic future.
To check the status of your application materials, log into your DePaul application 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