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The Division of Theatre observes a highly selective admissions policy in its graduate programs. Four students are admitted to the stage design program every year. Eight students are admitted to the acting program every other year. Prospective students in all areas are strongly encouraged to visit the campus to gain a keener appreciation of our training, the environment and the University.

Acting Interview-Audition: The acting faculty auditions applicants in addition to evaluating their formal application for graduate study in acting. Consideration of candidates takes place every other year for admission during the fall term of odd numbered years only. Our next round of auditions will take place October 2016 - February 2017 for consideration into the Fall 2017 term of entry. Auditions are held regionally at the National U/RTA Auditions, but candidates also have the option to complete their audition early on-campus in Dallas. The standard audition is in three parts: a two-minute monologue from a contemporary play, two contrasting minutes from a classical play and 16 bars of a song, a capella or with your own music. Registration instructions are listed just below with the available audition dates and cities.

Regional Auditions

Interested candidates should register to attend the National U/RTA Auditions* in:

  • New York: January 20 – 24, 2017
  • Chicago: January 30 – February 2, 2017
  • San Francisco: February 4 – 5, 2017

*Candidates attending the 2017 national U/RTA for auditions should notify the Meadows Graduate Admissions Office when confirmation of your U/RTA Audition is made. Individual appointments will be scheduled following the group auditions at the national U/RTA finals.

Dallas Audition

Additionally, candidates may audition in Dallas at our on-campus audition on October 30, 2016. To request an audition, notify the Meadows Graduate Admissions Office.

Stage Design Interview-Portfolio Review: The design faculty interviews applicants for graduate study in scenery, costume and lighting design. Applicants can choose to interview in Dallas, at the University/Resident Theatre Association's three venues or at a number of our own national sites. Appointments for on-campus interviews can be made by contacting the Division of Theatre.

Application Checklist

Please read carefully before beginning your application:

Deadline and Application Fee

To assure full consideration for the fall term, application should be completed online and ALL supporting materials pertaining to the application for admission should be delivered to the Meadows Graduate Office BEFORE February 15th. Materials received from applicants who do not enroll will be retained by the Meadows Graduate Office for one year. All documents become the property of Southern Methodist University and cannot be returned. The $75.00 non-refundable application fee is waived for MFA in Theatre applicants at the time of application.

Transcripts

Request in writing one official transcript from the Registrar of each college or university previously attended, including summer terms. These may be sent directly to Graduate Application Processing, PO BOX 518, Dallas, TX 75275-0518 or to gradappmaterials@smu.edu. Do not opened sealed envelopes if the transcripts are sent to you, instead, mail them to Graduate Application Processing. A supplementary transcript covering work in progress at the time of the application must be furnished upon completion of that work. International transcripts that are not in English must be accompanied by official translations and evaluations.

Recommendations

Three letters of recommendation are required. Letters of recommendation should be requested from professors who know the personal and academic qualifications of the applicant. When completing an online application applicants will have the opportunity to arrange for letters to be delivered electronically to the references listed. Applicants will need a valid email address for each reference and upon submission, notification will be emailed to them directly with instructions on submitting a web-recommendation form on behalf of the applicant. We will also accept drafted letters by mail or email sent to Graduate Application Processing.

Financial Aid

Scholarships and graduate assistantships for qualified, admitted students are available from the graduate division. Candidates for graduate awards are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is not required from international students on the F-1 visa. For additional information, contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, Meadows School of the Arts, PO Box 750356, Dallas, Texas 75275-0356 (telephone 214.768.3314).

Additional Documents Required for International Applicants

TOEFL

A score of a least 80 (minimum of 20 in each section) on the TOEFL iBT (or 213 on the Computer Based TOEFL, 550 on the Paper Based TOEFL or a 6.5 on the IELTS with no section below a 5.5) is required of all international applicants whose first language is not English. Before an applicant can be considered for admission into a graduate program, the applicant must request the TOEFL score to be sent from the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey directly to "SMU Meadows School of the Arts", School Code 7640, and the appropriate Department Code in the Humanities category: 53 Dramatic Arts. Applicants who have graduated from a U.S. or English-speaking university may be waived of this requirement.

I-20 and F-1 Visa

All international students admitted to a graduate program will be notified separately to submit additional documents which may include:

  • photocopy of passport page that shows official spelling of student’s name
  • proof of financial support, usually in the form of a certified letter from a bank

Submission and Contact Information

All materials regarding the application should be directed to the following:

Graduate Application Processing
PO BOX 518
Dallas, TX 75275-0518

You may also email application-related documents to gradappmaterials@smu.edu.

Questions regarding the application, audition or admission process may be directed to:

Joe S. Hoselton
Hoselton@smu.edu
214/768-3765

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