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 your 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 your 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.

  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. 


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 submitting an audition video or auditioning in person. The video option is offered in order to alleviate the burden and expense of international travel for applicants. However, any international student who is invited to the final callback weekend in New York must attend in person. Applicants can select only one of the options--in person or on video. All auditions are required to be presented in English.


Audition schedule:

New York City: January 17 - January 19, 2020

Chicago: February 4 - February 5, 2020

San Francisco: February 8 - February 9, 2020

International auditions (NYC): March 6, 2020

Callbacks (NYC): March 7 – March 8, 2020




A video that shows your best work as a director. The video should be 15 to 20 minutes long and  it is strongly recommended 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 2020.





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.