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The Old Globe University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theater Program


Admission to the program 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 Application FAQ page!

Jeffrey Rashad (2023) as Prince Hal in Henry IV Part 1 directed by Jesse Perez.  Photo by Rich Soublet II

Application Information

For questions about the Old Globe/USD Shiley Graduate Theatre program, contact the Program Coordinator, Nicole Ries at 


Our 2023 Application is now closed. We look forward to working with you on the 2023 Audition Tour!

You can also follow our social media platforms for information on the MFA Program.

​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 Application 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


Audition Process

2023 Recruitment- In order to ensure the safety of our prospective students, faculty, and community, The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Acting Program has made the decision to offer In Person and Zoom Auditions for prospective students.



NYC IN PERSON Auditions: Jan. 20th-23rd 2023

Chicago IN PERSON Auditions: Feb. 1st and 2nd 

San Francisco IN PERSON Auditions: Feb. 4th and 5th

*ZOOM Auditions: Feb. 8th - Feb 10th 

San Diego IN PERSON Auditions: Feb. 12th - Feb. 13th 

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

Emma Svitil (Class of 2024) as "Ophelia" and Vandous Stripling II (Class of 2024)
as "Rude Boy" Hamlet in TWELVE OPHELIAS - a play with broken songs
by Caridad Svich Stage Reading Directed by Jesse Perez, MFA Program DIrector
Spring 2023 photo by Jesse Perez
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