How to Apply

NOTE:  The Stage Direction in Collaboration with Canadian Stage has an early application deadline of Fall 2018 and follows different application procedures than listed below. Please visit Stage Direction in Collaboration with Canadian Stage for more information.

If you would like to be notified when the application for admission becomes available please e-mail In your e-mail please be sure to indicate which stream (Performance, Directing, Design or Canadian Stage) you are interested in.

How to Apply (Performance, Directing, Design) for Fall 2019

Step One: Submit Application for Graduate Admissions (Online) - Our next cohort will be Fall 2019, with the application system opening October 2018.

Step Two: Submit Supporting Documentation – Resume, Statement of Interest, Referee Information (online submission) and transcripts (mailed).

Approximately 72 business hours after you’ve submitted your Application for Graduate Admission, you’ll be sent an e-mail with your application/student number, which will allow you to log back into your application through MyFile. By logging into MyFile you’ll be able to upload the following supporting documentation:

  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of Interest
    • Describe your present interests and directions in theatre. Discuss how you feel that the MFA Theatre program will contribute to your career plans and artistic goals. Be sure to indicate which stream (performance, directing, design) you are applying for (1-2 pages)
    • On the page following your statement of interest please list:
      • Courses you have taken or are taking pertinent to your major interest
      • Any activities or job experience that you have had that may be pertinent to your further study of theatre
      • Any activities or job experience in teaching, especially in theatre, at any level
  • Contact information for 3 referees
    • Your referees will be sent an electronic reference form to complete via e-mail

Note: Although there are spaces to upload ‘written work’ and ‘portfolio’, leave these areas blank. You are ONLY uploading your resume/CV, statement of interest, and referee information.


Copies of all official transcripts (in sealed envelopes from the issuing institutions) must be submitted as hard copies (they cannot be uploaded). Transcripts should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

By Regular Mail:
York University
Office of Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box GA2300
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON
Canada M3J 1P3
By Courier:
York University
Office of Graduate Admissions
W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
99 Ian MacDonald Blvd
Toronto, ON
Canada M3J 1P3

Step Three: Schedule Audition

Once your resume, statement of interest, and referee information have been uploaded, the Graduate Program Assistant will contact you via e-mail to schedule your audition.  Auditions are held on various dates throughout February and March.

Step Four: Attend Audition

 Acting/Performance CreationDirectingDesign
PrepareActing applicants must present two (2) monologues -- one contemporary, and the other with heightened language, in contrasting styles, each under two minutes in length.
Performance applicants will work as a group, exploring movement material and additional improvisations. During this work, applicants should be dressed to allow for ease of movement.

Performance Creation applicants must present two (2) pieces of their own creative work. The faculty is interested in your individual practice in context, be it movement, design, writing, or any other medium. Please note that one of those pieces could also be a monologue, piece of writing, song or artwork created by someone else in which you show how you have worked with it in an unusual way. Total time available is 6 minutes per person- please plan accordingly.
Applicants must prepare a statement of vision for Carol Churchill's play
"Love and Information" and submit by February 1st, 2019 to This
statement is approximately 2 to 3 pages in length and offers their
analysis of the play and how they might approach the staging of this
work. Selected directing candidates will then be invited to York in
March, 2019 to work with York undergraduate actors and direct them in
specific scenes from the play, as well as interview with faculty.
Applicants should be prepared to discuss a show they have worked on (see
notes on prompt script below).
Applicants should be prepared to discuss their experience and design goals, while sharing their design portfolio.
Bring$50.00 Audition Fee; 8 x 10 Photograph$50.00 Auditon Fee; 8 x 10 Photograph; Prompt script or an outline of their directorial approach for a production they have directed (or something comparable) for discussion.$50.00 Audition Fee; Design Portfolio; Other visual documentation of candidate's work in theatre or other fields (DVD or paper) if applicable.

Note: IMPORTANT: Audition fees are payable by cash only on the day of your audition. Personal cheques cannot be accepted.