Theatre MFA:
Required Creative Materials


Theatre applicants must specify a concentration in Acting, Directing, Dramaturgy, Playwriting, Stage Management, or Theatre Management & Producing on their application. In addition to your application, undergraduate transcript, three letters of recommendation, and application fee, you must provide the following creative materials. Please see the Admissions page for all information.


ALL applicants MUST submit the following:


1. Brief autobiography: Approximately 500 words summarizing the applicant's life and theatrical experience.


2. Statement of theatrical and personal objectives: Approximately 500 words describing the theatrical people, places, and principles that have inspired and guided the applicant’s aesthetic.


3. Current theatrical resume


Applicants must ALSO submit materials for the concentration they specify, as outlined below:




  1. A full-sized (8.5” x 11”) headshot in a high resolution format (approximately 5MB).

  2. Two audition pieces. An audition. Please present two (2) contrasting monologues, one classical and one contemporary, each lasting one (1) to one and a half (1 1/2) minutes long. You may also be asked to present either 16 bars of an a cappella song or a brief movement piece.


Applicants will be prompted to schedule an audition once the application has been submitted. The first round of auditions will be held in New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco during the dates listed below. International applicants have the option of auditioning at the beginning of Callback Weekend to limit the amount of required travel. Final callbacks will be held in New York City during the first weekend in March 2019.


Audition schedule:

New York City: January 18 - January 20, 2019

Chicago: February 5 - February 6, 2019

San Francisco: February 9 - February 10, 2019

International auditions (NYC): March 2, 2019

Callbacks (NYC): March 2 - March 3, 2019




A video that shows your best work as a director. The video should be 15 to 20 minutes long and  it is strongly recommend that applicants upload videos through our online application. If you do not have a video to submit, you may use a portfolio, but a video is strongly encouraged. Auditions are held by invitation only over one weekend in February 2019.





Two (2) writing samples between 5 to 15 pages each. Both pieces must be about the theatre in some way. The first of the two pieces MUST be an academic/analytical work. The second may be a translation into English from any language, a review, theatre article, a personal reflective essay or another creative piece of writing.





One full-length, or two one-act plays.



Stage Management


Production materials from play(s) or musical(s) in which you worked as a stage manager or assistant stage manager. These materials must be created by you and demonstrate a strong knowledge of standard stage management methodologies.  Please be sure your submission includes at least one example of each of the following:  calling script pages, shift plots, blocking notation, prop & costume tracking sheets, master production calendars, daily rehearsal schedules, and e-mails or memos that highlight your communication skills.



Theatre Management & Producing


Please choose one of the following:


  1. A press and publicity portfolio, size not to exceed the equivalent of one 1” three-ring binder.

  2. A portfolio of work you have created in the field of theatre management and/or producing, size not to exceed the equivalent of one 1" three-ring binder.

  3. A play analysis. This item should be in essay form, no longer than 750 words. Please select any play or musical and (a) explain why you chose it and (b) analyze the management and production issues you might confront in mounting a full production and how these problems might be solved or avoided altogether.


Interviews for each concentration will be scheduled at the discretion of the Admissions Committee for each concentration.