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A production still of Orestes 2.0
Orestes 2.0 (2020) Photo: Manuel Rotenberg.

Application Information M.F.A. Program in Directing

The information below describes materials you will need to upload as you complete your application. After you’ve prepared these materials, you can submit your application via the UC San Diego application portal. 

For a complete application, the following materials must be included:

  • Unofficial copies of transcripts/academic records from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation. For the online letter of recommendation process, you must provide the email address of each recommender.
  • Statement of purpose

You will be notified if a personal interview with the head of directing is to be scheduled. Each interview will be scheduled for approximately 30-45 minutes. We hope to gain an impression about your range of skills, the scope of your imagination, your ability to analyze dramatic text, your desire to inspire collaborators, and your command of the theatre as an expressive medium. We also seek to determine your potential for growth as a director of theater.

In your interview, be prepared to discuss one play from the following: MUD (Maria Irene Fornes) or GLORIA (Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins) or ANTIGONE (adapted by Walter Hasenclever). We will be interested in your ability to analyze text, conduct research, and articulate how the narrative might be expressed. See this interview as a chance to open your imagination, to share your unique point of view, and to provide us with an impression of your leadership abilities.

Feel free to present information about productions you have directed. While production photographs and video clips are very important, anything you wish to present that you feel will give us a clearer understanding of your work as a theatre artist and your potential for creative growth can be shared. Further, we hope you will be prepared to discuss how you see yourself in relationship to the contemporary landscape of American theater through particular plays or projects you have in mind for the future.

If you have questions about the application process or about the materials required of you, please contact the Graduate Coordinator at (858) 534-1046 or