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How to Apply

Admission to the Theatre program York University is based on both academic and artistic criteria. The University reviews your academic history, while artistic admissibility is assessed locally in the Department of Theatre.

Application to the Theatre program is therefore a two-step process:

Step 1: Apply to York University

Submit your application to the York University: The School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design - Theatre program on the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) website.  If you are not a current high school student, you may also be eligible to apply directly through the York University Office of Admissions.

Step 2: Complete the Supplementary Evaluation

The supplementary evaluation for our Theatre program includes an online component, optional references, and an on-campus, in-person evaluation.

Once you have completed Step 1 and received your York Reference Number from the Office of Admissions, you may proceed to the Supplementary Evaluation website.

Supplementary Evaluation fee: $60 (payable by Visa, MasterCard or American Express)

An in-person evaluation is a key component of our program. We strongly encourage all our applicants to attend an in-person evaluation on campus as it offers you the most extensive and engaged experience.  However, if you live more than 400km away from York University, or have other extenuating circumstances that preclude you from coming to campus, you may arrange an online evaluation.

A. Online Component  

The online component consists of a questionnaire that helps us learn about your academic and artistic background, as well as your specific interests and goals as they relate to our Theatre program.

B. Optional References

You will have the opportunity to upload your reference letters via the Supplementary Evaluation website or you may bring them with you to your in-person evaluation.

C. Evaluation Procedures

Your in-person on-campus evaluation appointment will consist of your audition/presentation, followed by a brief personal interview and a writing exercise. You will also have the opportunity to attend an information session, chat with our current students, and take a tour of our Theatre facilities.

You will need to bring a recent photo to your in-person evaluation. Wallet/passport size is sufficient; professional headshots are not required.

Evaluation Timing: The evaluation day will begin 9:00am and last until approximately 3:00pm. You are expected to be present for the entire time. Individual appointments are not available.

Evaluation Attire: Please dress in comfortable, casual clothing and shoes. Running shoes or bare feet are required in studio spaces.

i. Presentation

All applicants, no matter what their area of primary interest, must give a public presentation. At this stage, we're not evaluating you as an actor, designer or director etc., but as a theatre student. This prepared presentation is intended to show your ability to communicate in front of a group. You should plan this presentation in advance.

There are six presentation options, each of which emphasizes one or more of our specialized areas. Introduce yourself (and your talents) to us by offering us a rehearsed presentation of one of the following, in no more than 3 minutes (time yourself!). Choose the option you feel most comfortable with -- the one that will allow you to reveal the most about yourself. Don't worry about being locked into one area; we understand that you likely have more than one interest in theatre.

Presentation options

1. Presentation of a design and/or production portfolio.

2. Reading or performance of your original script.

3. Presentation of your critique on a professional theatre production that you have seen.

4. Presentation of an experience you have had teaching theatre.

5. Presentation of an experience in production of a play - discuss a specific theatrical experience you have had, whether in directing, stage management, production, design, building or other position you have held. Explain in detail what your role was, what problems you encountered and how you did, or did not, resolve them.

6. Performed presentation of two monologues from any published plays. Please use contrasting monologues (e.g. comedy/drama, classical/contemporary) each no more than 2 - 3 minutes in length and must be memorized - tips on selecting monologues:

  • use only published plays - songs, poems and your own creations are not appropriate;
  • read the play and know the story - do not use monologue books!
  • do not choose two pieces from the same play;
  • do not use a special accent or dialect - we want to hear your own voice;
  • choose a character in your own age range - it is not advisable to play either old or very young characters; and
  • no mime.

ii. Personal Interview

Your five-minute personal interview gives us the opportunity to find out more about you, your interests and expectations, as well as to answer any questions you may have about us. Be prepared to talk about your presentation. We suggest that you write down any specific questions, considerations and/or thoughts you may have about our program ahead of time.


iii. Writing Exercise

On your evaluation day, you will be asked about plays you've seen recently. This gives you the opportunity to express your own ideas about theatre, as well as to demonstrate your writing abilities.

If possible, try to see several different shows from a variety of companies before your evaluation so you have something to write about! You may wish to attend one of the plays in our current Theatre @ York season before your evaluation.

For more information:
Have more questions about the application or evaluation process for this program? Want to know more about your next steps? Ask us at ampd@yorku.ca.