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Orestes 2.0. Photo: Manuel Rotenberg (2020)Orestes 2.0 (2020). Photo: Manuel Rotenberg.

Application Information for Acting MFA Program

We are pleased to announce that UCSD's top ranking Graduate Actor Training program is boldly moving forward with accepting an incoming Acting class for the 2021/2022 school year. Due to the economic hardships caused by the pandemic in the theater field, UCSD has decided to waive our in-person audition fee. Please audition for us!



If you missed the deadline, please send your self-tapes to the Graduate Coordinator at We are compiling a waitlist and will reopen the application portal for a short time at the end of January. 


Application Materials

Here is the the information that you need to send to us. After you finish determining what you need to send to us, click here for Step 2 to apply to the University of California.

  • Official transcripts or official copies of academic records from all post-secondary institutions attended or upload transcripts.
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation (Waiver of Access to Letters of Recommendation and Letter of Recommendation Form. Preference is for online letters of recommendation. For the online letter of recommendation process, you must provide the email address of each recommender.
  • Statement of purpose, submitted online.
  • 8X10 headshot and resume, submitted online.
  • Audition self-tape. Details below. 

You may upload your information at the following website:


Due to COVID restrictions, we have deemed that it is no longer necessary to send a hard copy of your photo and resume. Please contact with any questions.



Audition Information

Auditions this year will involve a self-tape and two sets of online callbacks. You will be notified of your callback status no later than January 30th. The initial callbacks will be individual Zoom sessions during the week of February 8-12. The final callback will be two days of group workshops and information Zoom sessions on February 26th and 27th.

We ask that you present two audition pieces. These monologues should meet the following criteria: Each piece should be no longer that two minutes in length. One should be from a contemporary play and the other from a non-contemporary play of language. Obviously, it will be to your advantage if you choose clearly contrasting audition pieces that show us as much as possible your creative range. We also suggest that at least one piece be within your age range.

At the conclusion of the February callback, there will be a final selection process. We will then notify as soon as possible those actors we wish to admit to the acting program.

A webinar regarding the audition process and the program as a whole was filmed on December 17th; please click here to access it

Foreign/International Students

International students have attended our program in the past. However, as we are an American institution training actors for the American theatre, all applicants need to speak fluent English.
Actor's Equity is not guaranteed for International students.


If you are ready, move on and 
apply to the University of California, San Diego click below:

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If you have questions or would like more information about our Graduate programs, call the Graduate Coordinator at 858-534-1046 or email at