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Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we have suspended recruitment for MFA programs in Acting, Directing, and Stage Design during academic year 2020-21. We will resume recruiting when it is safe and advisable to do so.

Application for admission into the MFA in Acting program requires an Audition and formal Application.


Live auditions will be held annually in January through the University/Regional Theatre Association’s (URTA) national cooperative platform in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. 

Auditions are held exclusively through URTA and the program does not offer private auditions.

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Prospective students do not need to submit an application to The Graduate School until after URTA auditions have completed.


Following auditions, prospective students will be asked to formally apply online through The Graduate School by March 16.

Please include:

  • Transcripts evidencing an earned undergraduate degree in theatre or a related discipline.
  • Resume and/or portfolio documenting at least two years of professional experience as an actor.
  • Written application articulating your artistic vision for the theatre.

For further information, please contact the Theatre Office at