Frequently Asked Questions

All Applicants

When is the application deadline?

How much is the application fee?

Can the application fee be waived?

Can I transfer credits from another MFA program?

I haven't completed my bachelor's degree yet. May I still apply to The New School for Drama?

I have a bachelor's degree, but it isn't in Drama or Theater. May I still apply?

Is it possible to enroll in a New School for Drama class without being admitted to the three-year graduate program?

Is there an abbreviated or certificate program at The New School for Drama?

Does The New School for Drama offer any financial aid and/or scholarships?

What affiliation does The New School have with AMDA?


International Applicants

English is not my first language. May I apply to The New School for Drama?

What must I receive on the TOEFL exam for admission consideration?

Might I qualify for a TOEFL exemption?

English is not my first language, but I completed my bachelor's degree at an American university. Must I still submit a TOEFL score?

I completed my bachelor's degree at a University outside the United States. What steps do I take to apply?


Prospective Actors

Will all acting applicants be invited to audition for The New School for Drama?

If I am invited to audition, what will I need to prepare?

I don't have a scene partner, what should I do?

I prefer to audition in a certain city and/or on a certain date. What can I do to guarantee that if I'm invited, I am scheduled for that preferred audition site?

I cannot make the regional audition. What alternatives do I have?

What happens after the regional audition?


Prospective Directors

What should be included in my production portfolio?

May I submit my portfolio online or send a CD/VHS?

My application is complete and I have sent in my production portfolio. Now what?


Prospective Playwrights

What are the writing sample guidelines?

I have a number of strong pieces. May I submit more than what is described above?

In what format should I submit my sample?

My application is complete, and I have sent in my writing sample. Now what?


All Applicants

When is the application deadline?
The Fall 2012 application deadline isTuesday, January 10. Materials should be submitted online or postmarked by that date.

How much is the application fee?
The application fee is $50.

Can the application fee be waived?
Unfortunately it is not possible to waive the application fee.

Can I transfer credits from another MFA program?
No, The New School for Drama does not accept transfer credit. Students at The New School for Drama study together in order to develop a common vocabulary and strong ensemble.

I haven't completed my bachelor's degree yet. May I still apply to the New School for Drama?
BecauseThe New School for Drama is a graduate program, all admitted students must complete a bachelor's degree or its international equivalent before enrolling. However, it is possible to apply in the final year of undergraduate studies, as long as all work will be completed before enrolling at The New School.

I have a bachelor's degree, but it isn't in Drama or Theater. May I still apply?
The New School for Drama welcomes students with a wide variety of educational backgrounds. However, it is expected that successful applicants will have significant theatrical training and/or experience.

Is it possible to enroll in a New School for Drama class without being admitted to the three-year graduate program?
No, only full-time students of The New School for Drama may attend classes.

Is there an abbreviated or certificate program at The New School for Drama?
No. The New School for Drama offers only the three-year Master of Fine Arts degree program.

Does The New School for Drama offer any financial aid and/or scholarships?
Yes. All applicants to The New School for Drama are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. But keep in mind that graduate school is a significant personal and financial commitment. Although scholarship funding is possible, we also encourage applicants to explore additional resources for funding their education.

What affiliation does The New School have with AMDA?
Graduates of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) Integrated and Studio Programs are eligible to apply for admission to The New School for Public Engagement. If admitted, Integrated graduates are awarded 60 transfer credits and enter the BFA in Musical Theater program. Studio graduates are awarded 60 transfer credits and enter the BS in Liberal Arts program. The New School for Drama requires a bachelor's degree in order to apply to its graduate programs in Acting, Directing, and Playwriting. For additional information about the undergraduate programs at The New School for Public Engagement, please visit www.newschool.edu/ bachelorsprogram, email admission@newschool.edu, or call 212.229.5150.

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International Applicants

English is not my first language. May I apply to The New School for Drama?
Yes. The New School for Drama welcomes applicants whose first language is not English. But because theater is a language-intensive art form, we will ask that you submit a recent Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score with your application. Information on taking the TOEFL can be found at www.ets.org/toefl.

What must I receive on the TOEFL exam for admission consideration?
A score of 600 or above on the paper-based test, 250 or above on the computer-based test, or 100 or above or above on the Internet-based test is required for admission consideration.

Might I qualify for a TOEFL exemption?
International applicants who are citizens of nations where the official language is English and whose first or native language is English may be exempt from the TOEFL requirement. All other international applicants must submit a TOEFL score.

English is not my first language, but I completed my bachelor's degree at an American university. Must I still submit a TOEFL score?
Yes. Requirements for academic programs at the undergraduate level can be significantly different than the requirements of our graduate theater program, and it is important that we see a recent assessment of your English proficiency.

I completed my bachelor's degree at a University outside the United States. What steps do I take to apply?
All applicants with international transcripts are required to submit an original transcript, a certified English translation, and a course-by-course evaluation report with their supporting materials. Course-by-course reports are prepared by World Education Services (www.wes.org), our preferred provider, or another member of the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES).

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Prospective Actors

Will all acting applicants be invited to audition for The New School for Drama?
Auditions are by invitation only. Prospective students should submit an online application and all supporting materials for consideration.

If I am invited to audition, what will I need to prepare?
Actors must present a two- to four–minute two-person contemporary scene, and a one- to two–minute classical monologue for the initial audition.

I don't have a scene partner, what should I do?
It is strongly recommended that applicants perform a two-person scene during their audition. If you have extenuating circumstances that will prevent this, please contact theOffice of Graduate Admissionat 212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040to explore your options.

I prefer to audition in a certain city and/or on a certain date. What can I do to guarantee that if I'm invited, I am scheduled for that preferred audition site?
If you have a strong preference for a particular audition location and/or date, you must complete your application early. Keep in mind that all materials (online application, personal statement, recommendations, transcripts, headshot, résumé, etc.) must be submitted before an application is reviewed and an audition is scheduled. If you have submitted your application by the deadline, and we would like to see you at the audition, we will make every effort to accommodate your preference.

I cannot make the regional audition. What alternatives do I have?
It is strongly recommended that applicants audition for the program in person. If you have extenuating circumstances that will prevent this, we will, on rare occasions, accept a videotaped initial audition. Please contact theOffice of GraduateAdmission at 212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040for more information.

What happens after the regional audition?
Aselect group of applicants we saw at the regional auditionswill be invited to the Callback Weekend, which takes place in New York in mid-March. These individuals will be contacted by phone in mid-February. All applications are considered still under review until final admission decisions are sent out the third week in March.

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Prospective Directors

What should be included in my production portfolio?
Your portfolio might include a director's notebook or prompt book, script notes, thematic essays, blocking ideas, design sketches, schedules or other administrative materials. Keep in mind, however, that each portfolio is unique, and should include materials that best speak to your directorial process.

May I submit my portfolio online or send a CD/VHS?
The New School for Drama only accepts hard-copy portfolios. Electronic copies will not be considered.

My application is complete and I have sent in my production portfolio. Now what?
Your application and portfolio will be reviewed by the Directingdepartment headand/or selected faculty from the department. A select group will be invited to the Callback Weekend, which takes place in New York in mid-March. All applications are considered still under review until final admission decisions are sent out the third week in March.

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Prospective Playwrights

What are the writing sample guidelines?
Playwrights should submit either the first 50 pages of an original full-length work or two original one-acts.

I have a number of strong pieces. May I submit more than what is described above?
It is strongly recommended that you choose material that adheres to the stated guidelines and that best speaks to your work as a playwright.

In what format should I submit my sample?
Your script should include a page with character descriptions and a brief synopsis of the story. It should be in standard manuscript layout, with character names above the dialogue, printed in 12 point Courier or Times New Roman font. Please clip the pages together, rather than binding the script.

My application is complete, and I have sent in my writing sample. Now what?
Your application will be reviewed and your script(s) read by the Playwritingdepartment headand/or selected faculty from the department.A select group will be invited to the Callback Weekend, which takes place in New York in mid-March. All applications are considered still under review until final admission decisions are sent out the third week in March.

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