STEP ONE: Online Application – The below application materials can all be submitted online.

  • Application for Graduate Admission & Application Fee

Once your application has been processed, you'll be able to upload the following application materials:

  • Supplementary Program Information Form
  • Three Professional Letters of Reference
  • Resume
  • Statement of Interest which briefly 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. Indicate related interests in the arts and sciences or other fine arts disciplines. (1-2 pages)

STEP TWO: Transcripts - Once you have submitted your online application, you should submit transcripts. Note you do not have to wait until all of your online application materials are submitted to submit transcripts.
The University requires one original, official copy of all post-secondary transcripts and should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions from the issuing institution:

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: Audition + Stream-Specific Audition Materials – Each stream requires an audition/evaluation.

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.

Acting 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

At your audition, please submit:

  • $50.00 Audition Fee (payable by cash)
  • 8 x 10" Photograph

You will be contacted about scheduling an audition once your application is received.  Out of town applicants may submit a digital audition of their two (2) monologues.

Auditions at York University will be held on the following dates:

  • Saturday February 2nd  (Performance Creators)
  • Saturday March 9th (Directors and Performance Creators)
  • Saturday March 30th (Directors)

If you are unable to attend in person, please contact the Graduate Program Assistant to arrange a Skype meeting with the Graduate Program Director.

For Directors and Performance Creators, an in person audition is highly recommended.

Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission are expected to have:

  • an honours four-year BA or BFA degree with a minimum “B” average in Theatre


  •  an ordinary three-year degree in Theatre with a minimum “B” average and a minimum of three years' additional theatre or related experience

However, exceptions may be made for applicants with significant professional experience.