• On this page 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. An invitation to participate in the second-round portfolio conference will follow receipt of a complete application and portfolio, both of which must be received by the listed priority deadlines. Applications and portfolios received after the priority deadline will be considered for the second round on a rolling basis.

    Deadlines

    First-Round Application and Portfolio
    Fall Applicants: January 7

    FAFSA (U.S. Citizens and Eligible Non-citizens)
    Fall Applicants: as soon as possible

    Second-Round Portfolio Conferences
    Invitations for second-round portfolio conferences will follow receipt of a complete application and Artist Portfolio. Available dates and details can be viewed on our Audition Schedule page.

    Please email us at performingarts@newschool.edu 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

    The MFA Contemporary Theatre and Performance is an interdisciplinary and making-focused program. While we invite artists from a wide range of theatrical disciplines to apply, competitive applications will show evidence of interdisciplinary work in a portfolio, or specific aspiration to develop an interdisciplinary and making-focused practice in a personal statement.

  • 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
    performingarts@newschool.edu

  • Take The Next Step

Submit your application

Undergraduates

To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

Graduates

To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

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