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. Current York students interested in transfering to the program should contact the department directly to apply.

Step 2: Complete the Supplementary Evaluation

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

Once you have completed Step 1 and received your York Reference Number from our Office of Admissions, we will send you an email with instructions to complete your supplementary evaluation. 

Supplementary Evaluation fee: $60 (payable by Visa, Master Card 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 a distance evaluation by contacting Please include your full name, York Reference Number and an explanation of your circumstances in the email.

A. Online Component  

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

Access the online component of your supplementary evaluation

You will be asked to pay a $60 CDN evaluation fee (payable by Visa, Master Card or American Express) before you can submit this online questionnaire.

Once you have paid the evaluation fee, you will be able to book a time for your in-person evaluation.

B. References

Once you submit your online questionnaire, we will send you a confirmation email, which will include the personalized link that you should share with your referees along with your York Reference Number so they can complete the online reference form.

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 need to bring a recent photo to your in-person evaluation for identification purposes. Wallet/passport size is sufficient; headshots are not necessary.

Evaluation Timing: The evaluation day will begin 9:00am in the lobby of the Centre for Film and Theatre, in front of the Joseph G. Green Studio Theatre. The evaluation process will last until approximately 3:00pm and 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.

During the day, you will also have the opportunity to attend an information session, chat with our current students and take a tour of our Theatre facilities.

i. Presentation

The prepared presentation is intended to show your ability to communicate in front of a group. All applicants, no matter what their area of primary interest, must be able to make this public presentation. It is to your benefit to plan this presentation in advance. At this stage we are not evaluating you as an actor, designer or director etc., but as a theatre student.

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 three 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

  • a reading or performance of your dramatic writing
  • presentation of your design / production portfolio
  • a reading or presentation of a critique on a theatre production that you've seen
  • a presentation of an experience you've had in directing or production of a play
  • a presentation of an experience you've had teaching theatre
  • a performed presentation of a monologue from a play.  Prepare two contrasting monologues (e.g. comedy/drama, classical/contemporary), each no more than two to three minutes in length. Your monologues should be memorized. Begin with the one you feel more confident with. Due to time restrictions, you may not get to present both pieces. Do not be alarmed if this happens.

Tips on choosing monologues:

  • use only published plays (songs, poems and your own creations are not appropriate)
  • do not choose two pieces from the same play
  • do not use a special accent or dialect; we want to hear your own voice
  • read the play, know the story (you may be asked questions about characters)
  • choose a character in your own age range; it is not advisable to play either old or very young characters
  • avoid mime throughout your monologues
  • do not use monologue books — read the play

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 the day of your evaluation, you will be asked one question about plays you've seen recently. It 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! If you're near to York, why not see one of our plays in the Theatre @ York season before you come.

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 or 416-736-5172