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How to Apply

BFA Stage Management


Submit via the Common Application.

Application Fee

DePaul University does not require an application fee from undergraduate applicants.

Official Transcripts

Have an official copy of your high school transcript mailed to The Theatre School Admissions Office. The High School Guidance Counselor Recommendation Form included with the application is an easy way to request your high school transcripts.

If you have taken college credit courses you wish to have considered for transfer credit, please have your college transcripts mailed to us as well. If you are a transfer applicant and have completed at least 30 hours of college credit or are 24 years old or older, high school transcripts are not required.

Test Scores

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.

If you choose to apply test optional, you are required to submit answers to several short essay questions. Learn more about applying test optional.

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

Letters of Recommendation

Request three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with your desire to attend The Theatre School. Note that your High School Counselor Recommendation Form can be one of your three recommendations. There is no form required for the letter of recommendation, just have your recommender send us a letter to


For pre-screening you must submit your portfolio. The portfolio should include the following:

  • Resume - should include theatre experience AND non-theatre experience (extracurricular activities, employment, etc.)
  • Examples of stage management paperwork - should demonstrate your organizational and planning skills and could include prompt book pages, calls sheets, rehearsal notes, communications, etc.
  • Photograph - for identification purposes, need not be a professional headshot
  • Essay - one page answering the following two questions:
    What are the skills and qualities of a successful stage manager?
    What is it about managing that you most enjoy?

Applicants may choose to include the following optional items:

  • Examples of additional artwork or technical theatre involvement - drawings, photographs, etc.
  • A short video introduction


All of your application materials must be postmarked or submitted no later than February 1. Applicants are notified the results of the pre-screening on a rolling basis. Therefore, if you require more time to schedule your interview, applying as early as possible is recommended.

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.

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.

All other application materials can be uploaded through your DePaul application portal.


Applicants will be notified of the results of their pre-screening on a rolling basis. If you pass the pre-screening you will be invited to interview with the head of stage management. These interviews will be available in January and February and can be completed in-person on campus in Chicago or via Skype, FaceTime, or phone.

Applicants are given instructions on how to schedule the interview at the time they receive the invitation. There is a $50 interview fee required when scheduling the interview. It is strongly encourage that you submit the pre-screening requirements as early as possible to give yourself plenty of time to schedule your interview.‚Äč