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How to Apply

BFA Dramaturgy/Criticism

All of your application materials must be electronically sent or postmarked no later than two weeks prior to your interview date or February 1, whichever date is earlier.


The first step is to submit the online application. There is no application fee. Applicants receive a confirmation email and gain access to their DePaul Portal after they submit the online application.

Interview Fee

There is a $50 interview fee which must be paid before you are able to upload your resume, submit your writing samples, or sign up for an interview.


Submit a resume listing your theatrical experience and/or any related experience (employment, internships, activities, etc.) You will need to submit your resume and writing samples before you are able to sign up for an interview.

Two Writing Samples

Please submit two writing samples. One writing sample should be three pages on a dramatic subject, such as an analysis of a play that you have read or seen. The other writing sample should be a three-page mission statement describing your objectives in the theatre. You will need to submit your resume and writing samples before you are able to sign up for an interview.


An interview is required for all applicants to the BFA Dramaturgy/Criticism program. If possible, applicants should interview on one our scheduled interview dates, however a phone or Skype interview is also possible. Read more about the interview.


Have an official copy of your high school transcript sent to The Theatre School Admissions Office. If you have taken college credit courses you wish to have considered for transfer credit, please have your official college transcripts sent to us as well. 

If you are a transfer applicant and have completed at least 30 hours of college credit or are 24 years or older, high school transcripts are not required.

TEST SCORES (optional)

You can choose to apply with or without ACT or SAT scores. If you choose to submit your test scores and they do not appear on your high school transcript, request the testing agency forward a score report to DePaul, if you have not already done so. Our college code number for ACT is 1012 and for SAT is 1165. Learn more about applying test optional.


Request three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with your desire to attend The Theatre School, such as a teacher, director, or employer. They should not be from family members or personal friends. There is no specific form required for the letter of recommendation. Your recommender may send their letter to us by mail or email, or your counselor may use the High School Counselor Recommendation Form on The Common Application.


Application materials can be mailed, emailed, or uploaded through your DePaul Portal. To check the status of your application materials, view the checklist on your DePaul Portal or 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.

Materials submitted to DePaul University by applicants or guidance counselors via Common App, Naviance, or other electronic sources will be received by The Theatre School Admissions. You do NOT need to send them to us again.