Admission to the program is highly competitive and is based on an application and audition process. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited and approved institution. The degree does not need to be in theatre. International students are welcome to apply to the MFA program; please visit our FAQs page for important information regarding your transcripts. We do not participate in U/RTA auditions, you must apply directly to our program.
Questions? Visit our FAQs page.
ADMISSION AND GENERAL INFORMATION
Brooke Novak in the program's production of THE COUNTRY WIFE, directed by Ray Chambers. Photo by J.T. MacMillan
The deadline to apply for the 2020-21 academic year was January 3, 2020.
We do not accept late submissions.
Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year will be available on August 21, 2020.
Please check back then for a link to the online application.
Click here for FAQs about the audition process
INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS please visit our FAQs page. If you are having problems, please call USD Graduate Admissions at 619-260-4524.
More more information on USD Graduate Admissions CLICK HERE
The audition consists of two, two-minute contrasting monologues, one Shakespeare and one contemporary. Additional monologues may be requested at the time of your audition. No singing or dance auditions. Further audition information will be given when we contact you to make an appointment. Applicants must audition on one of the scheduled dates. No video auditions accepted. There will be call backs at the end of each day.
DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE but currently, here are our 2020 Audition dates:
NYC: January 17-23
SAN DIEGO: January 26-27
CHICAGO: February 4 and 5
SAN FRANCISCO: February 7 and 8
During recruitment season, if you have questions about your appointment, please email email@example.com
WE DO NOT ACCEPT WALK-UP AUDITIONS. Although it is unlikely, dates are subject to change.