Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Please contact the Admissions Office with any specific questions you may have as you complete your application. (; or 203.432.1507)

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1. Who may apply to Yale School of Drama?

Yale School of Drama is a graduate professional conservatory offering advanced training in every theatrical discipline of the art form.  High school seniors are not eligible to apply for admission to the School of Drama.  Applicants seeking undergraduate studies should visit Yale College admissions at

2. What are the application deadlines?

Applications must be complete to meet these deadlines because the Admissions Committees begins reviewing submissions immediately. 


January 2, 2019:  Acting


February 1, 2019:  All other departments including Special Research Fellow status

February 15, 2019: Financial Aid Deadline
U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents:  File online applications: FAFSA ( and College board

International Applicants:
Complete the college board application on the web ( Mail the International Student Certification of Finances to the School of Drama Financial Aid Office. THIS FORM WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER JANUARY 2, 2019.

December 31, 2018:  Deadline for GRE required by Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism departments.

January 15, 2019:  Deadline for GRE required by Stage Management, Technical Design & Production, and Theater Management departments. All other departments do not require the GRE.  Register to take the GRE general exam promptly to ensure the receipt of test scores in time for application review. School code: 3988

December 31, 2018:  Deadline for TOEFL iBT for international applicants whose first language is not English. Register to take the exam no later than December 31 to ensure the receipt of test scores in time for application review. School code: 3988


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3. What is the application process? 

Application for admission to Yale School of Drama is an online process (there is no paper application).  You may create an account and access the online application by visiting:   Applications open annually on September 1.

You may enter and exit as often as you need in order to complete your application.  When you are ready to submit your completed application, you will be prompted to pay the application fee with a credit card. 

You may submit your application before your recommenders submit their letters of recommendation.  You will NOT receive an error message.

After submitting your application, you may print a PDF copy for your records.

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4. What are the application fees?

When you are ready to submit (select the submit button) you will be prompted to pay the application fee with a credit card:

  • $110: Fee for MFA, Certificate in Drama, Special Student and Special Research Fellow

  • $50: Fee for one-year Technical Internship Certificate

To request a financial need based application fee waiver please download a Request for Application Fee Waiver form.  All fee waiver applications must be completed and received by the Admissions Office ten (10) business days prior to your department deadline.  We will do our best to review and respond to your fee waiver application within a week of receiving it.

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5. Can I apply to more than one department at Yale School of Drama?

An application can be made to only one department for fall admission.    

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6. I’m reapplying. What is the process?  

Application Files are retained by Admissions office:  

Acting department – three years; all other departments – two years

Previously submitted application including supporting documents (i.e., recommendation letters, transcripts, etc.) become part of your 2019 application.

Reapplicants may import prior recommendations to their 2018 application.

All Reapplicants Submit: online application for 2019; application fee, current resumé, transcript if different from prior year; one (1) new letter of recommendation.  Statement of Purpose may be amended.

Acting department reapplicants need to present two (2) new audition monologues.

Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism department reapplicants: one (1) new writing sample.

Playwriting department reapplicants: one (1) new play.

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7. What do I address in my statement of purpose? What is the length?

Please provide a statement of purpose that should not exceed three pages.  An applicant may address why a life in the theatre, why Yale School of Drama, current training and skills, or what this program of study offers in terms of developing an applicant’s artistry and craft. 

personal statement (not more than 1000 words). Please tell us what your professional goals are and why you’re applying to this program (as opposed to other disciplines and degrees). How have your experiences in the field led you to consider an MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism? You should also identify your particular areas of interest in contemporary theater and critical influences on your work to date.

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8. How do Acting applicants schedule an audition?

Once an acting applicant submits an application and pays the application fee, the application should review their application status page.  In the Application Status page go to the "Forms" section and click the hyperlink "Acting Audition Location Selection".  This is the web form to self-schedule an acting audition in Chicago, New Haven, or San Francisco.  Follow the additional system prompts to select date and time.  The Admissions Office emails a confirmation of audition city, date and time to each scheduled acting applicant as the audition dates approach.

Yale School of Drama is not a member of U/RTA.  The Committee does not audition in New York City.

The online self-scheduling feature is closed at least five days before the actual audition dates in each city. Acting applicants, who need to reschedule after the close, must call the Admissions Office (203.432.1507) to reschedule.

Please refer to Acting FAQ's for additional information. 

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9. How do Design applicants (set, lighting, projection) schedule an in-person New Haven interview?

Applicants to set, lighting and projection should contact the Design department directly (203.432.1579; to self-schedule an in person portfolio review with the faculty.  The application must be complete at the time of the interview.  Interviews are scheduled only at the School of Drama in January, February, and March.

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10. How do Design (set, costume, lighting, projection) and Sound Design applicants submit their portfolios?

Set and lighting portfolios are not submitted digitally through the online application process. An applicant who has scheduled an in-person review in New Haven brings his/her portfolio to their self-scheduled interview. Refer to the website: Preparing a Set Design Portfolio and Lighting Design Portfolio.

Only a set or lighting applicant, who is unable to schedule an in-person interview, mails his/her portfolio by March 12, 2019 to the Design Department, Yale School of Drama, PO Box 208244, New Haven CT 06520. 

A costume design portfolio is submitted digitally through the online application process. If an applicant is unable to submit his/her portfolio electronically, the portfolio must be mailed by February 1, 2019 to the Design Department, Yale School of Drama, PO Box 208244, New Haven CT 06520. Please refer to the website:  Preparing a Costume Design Portfolio.

After the committee completes reviewing costume design applications, qualified applicants are contacted by the end of February to schedule an interview.  A written evaluation will be sent to those not invited to interview if requested by the applicant.  

A projection design portfolio is submitted digitally through the online application process. One copy must be mailed to Wendall K. Harrington, Yale School of Drama, Design Department, PO Box 208244, New Haven CT 06520. Refer to the website: Preparing a Projection Portfolio for detailed requirements.

Sound Design
Sound Design portfolios are submitted digitally through the online application process. No copy needs to be mailed. Refer to the website for detailed Sound Design portfolio requirements.

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11. How does a recommender submit a letter of recommendation?

You must create an online application account.  First, you must enter basic biographical information as well as your department of proposed study.

Select RECOMMENDATION  from the navigational bar on your left.  Select ADD Recommender.

Enter your recommender's information including his/her own email address and indicate: To be submitted electronically, by the recommender.

If your recommender is absolutely unable to submit a letter electronically, you may print the recommendation form to be mailed.

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12. What email address should I use for my recommender?

When you identify a recommendation provider within your online application, and indicate he/she is submitting a recommendation online, an email is initiated from the online application system. The email is not sent by the School of Drama Admissions Office.  

If a recommender has any spam blocking, or other software intended to filter out certain email, he/she may not even see this email.  Use your recommender's institutional or corporate email address, if available. Submissions from anonymous email addresses (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo) may be subject to additional review.

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13. What instructions does my recommender receive?  

This is the body of the email that the online system sends directly to your recommender:
Dear [Recommender Name]:

[Your name] has requested that you write a letter of recommendation to Yale School of Drama on his/her behalf.  In an effort to make this process as easy as possible for you, we offer the ability to complete your recommendation on-line through our secure website.
To submit your recommendation, please visit the following website: (secure link text)
Thank you for time and consideration.

Your recommender receives an electronic acknowledgement through the online system. Your online application status page is updated when a recommender submit his/her letter.

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14. May I submit more than three letters of recommendation?

The Admissions Committee appreciates reviewing only three letters.

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15. What are the Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism writing sample requirements?

Two samples of critical writing (excluding fiction, poetry, plays, and translations) about theatre or drama must be submitted. The combined length of these essays should not exceed 10 pages (2,500 words.) One of the two writing samples must be a critical piece of no more than 1,000 words in length written especially for this application. The subject of this short essay can be a play, production, or theatre artist — director, playwright, actor, or designer.  

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16. How do Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism applicants submit their writing samples?

Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism submit two critical essays digitally through the online application system. Applicants do not mail originals to the School of Drama Admissions Office.

If an applicant experiences difficulties uploading his/her essays, please contact Admissions Administrator (203.432.1507) or

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17. How do Playwriting applicants submit their writing sample?

Applicants to the Playwriting department submit one original full-length play or two original one acts digitally through the online application. The length of the full-length play should not exceed 100 pages. The combined total of two original one acts should not exceed 100 pages.

If an applicant experiences difficulties uploading his/her script, please contact Admissions Administrator (203.432.1507) or

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18. How do I check on the status of my application? 

Once you begin the process of preparing your online application you can logon at any time to check the status of electronically submitted documents. Receipt of materials submitted by mail is posted to your online application status page. Please allow the Admissions Office ample amount of time when checking the receipt of mailed materials. 

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19. When will admission decisions be announced?

Decisions are made by early April. Each department chair contacts those who are offered admission. Letters regarding admission status are released through the online application.  The applicant receives an email announcing that an update has been made to his/her application.

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20. May I defer my admission?

Yale School of Drama does not grant admission deferments for any of the programs because of the nature of the advanced conservatory training program.

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