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  • Below you’ll find a checklist of required application materials for our Master of Fine Arts program in Contemporary Theatre and Performance.

    The MFA Contemporary Theatre and Performance admissions process consists of two rounds. All applicants will be considered in the first round for an invitation to participate in the second round. For this reason, we strongly encourage all applicants to apply by or before the deadline listed below.


    First Round Application and Portfolio
    December 1

    FAFSA (U.S. Citizens and Eligible Non-Citizens)
    Fall Applicants: February 1

    Second Round Portfolio Conferences
    By appointment. Dates TBD, January 2022

    Those who apply by the December 1st priority deadline will be considered for a second round invitation before the winter holiday. First round applications and portfolios received after December 1 will be considered for the second round on a rolling basis. Applicants not invited to participate in the second round will be notified that their application is no longer being considered for admission.

    Please email us at with any questions.

    Prior Degree Completion

    Graduate degree applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or the equivalent degree from a foreign college or university. Applicants in the process of completing the bachelor's degree may apply for admission. Admission to the program requires completion of the bachelor's degree.

    Applicant Profile

    We invite artists from a wide range of theatrical disciplines to apply. This includes but is not limited to actors, directors, dramatic writers, performance artists, and artists who work with technology and in multimedia formats. Applicants’ expertise may be focused in a single specific discipline, but competitive applicants will demonstrate the capacity for interdisciplinary work.

  • The Application Process

  • Additional Information and Instructions

  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • Take the Next Step

  • Admission Contact

    College of Performing Arts
    Office of Admission
    55 West 13th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040

  • Take The Next Step

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