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.




Brooke Novak in the program's production of THE COUNTRY WIFE, directed by Ray Chambers. Photo by J.T. MacMillan



For questions about the Globe/USD Shiley Graduate Theatre program, contact the Program Coordinator, Shana Wride at

For questions about the application process (including GRE/TOEFL submission, LORs, and other technical questions), please contact the Graduate Admissions office directly at


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 plan for 2022 is to audition in person and also offer zoom auditions. 

COVID protocols and requirements for in person auditions

All in person auditions require the applicant to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization or the Food and Drug Administration

Although we have not yet passed our application deadline we respectfully request that you plan ahead and make sure you will be fully vaccinated by the time you schedule your audition. Proof of vaccination will be requested during the scheduling process.


2022 Recruitment dates (Subject to change. PLEASE refer to your appointment email after applying for a confirmed audition dates)


New York: January 21-25

Chicago: January 30-31

San Francisco: February 6-7

San Diego: February 14-15

Zoom: by appointment


Callback information provided at audition.

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.


During recruitment season, if you have questions about your appointment, please email