Frequently Asked Questions

Learn about the Drama admissions process.

Admissions FAQs

How do I apply to your program?

It’s a two-part process. First, apply to NYU using the Common Application. Second, schedule your artistic review. Details can be found here.

What is the artistic review?

The artistic review process allows us to determine if our program is an environment in which you will thrive, grow and progress toward achieving your goals in the theatre and in the world.  

It’s a little more than just an audition. In addition to the artistic evaluation, all artistic reviews include a conversation with your evaluator. It's a chance for us to get to know you.

For Acting candidates, the artistic component consists of an audition. For Musical Theatre candidates, we'll add some singing and dancing to your acting evaluation. For Directing candidates, it's an audition and a portfolio review. For Production & Design candidates, it's a portfolio review.   

What materials should I submit for my artistic review?

When you schedule your artistic review session, you will be asked to select one of four disciplines: Acting, Musical Theatre, Directing or Production and Design. 

In SlideRoom, you will provide us with the following artistic review materials:

  1. Photo
  2. Résumé
  3. Information about your monologues, song selections or portfolios

All applicants are required to submit a photo and résumé for their artistic review.  A snapshot is preferable, as long as you are recognizable in the photo.

Your résumé should contain all of your performing arts-related experience. You may include show credits (high school and college only) – onstage, backstage, design, directing, writing and producing; extracurricular, summer or community theater work; summer theater camp; vocal, dance or musical instrument training; competition participation or awards won; related arts work and accomplishments. You may also include community service, non-theater extra curricular activities and academic honors. Please use the proper format for a performing arts résumé. However, as this résumé is part of your college application, it may be longer than one side of a page.    

Your evaluator will not accept additional material beyond the photo and résumé.  Please do not send DVDs, CDs, scripts, portfolios or any additional material to Tisch Drama.

How do I use the Drama Artistic Review portal?

You will submit your photo, résumé and artistic review materials through the Drama Artistic Review portal.

Please use the proper formats and follow the specific guidelines for your discipline when providing us with this information.

PHOTO:  A snapshot is preferable, as long as you are recognizable in the photo. The file must be in JPEG format and must not exceed 2 MB in size.

RÉSUMÉ: Your résumé should contain all of your performing arts-related experience, in addition to community service, non-theater extracurricular activities and academic honors. The file must be in PDF format and must not exceed 5 MB in size.

Acting, Musical Theatre and Directing candidates must provide the following information about each monologue:


Musical Theatre candidates must also provide the following information about each song selection:

Song Title

Directing candidates must provide the following information about the portfolio presentation:


Production & Design candidates must name two areas of interest:

Scenic Design
Costume Design
Sound Design
Lighting Design
Stage Management

Do you have any tips about the audition and conversation components of the artistic review?

For the audition portion of the artistic review, please choose material appropriate for you. Our concern at the audition is your natural ability as a performer and how it would be served by the training we offer. Therefore, select monologues carefully (with characters that are close to your age and experience) to allow yourself to shine through the material. Opt for material that you are passionate about – that moves you emotionally or intellectually.  

The Department requests two contemporary monologues. We define “contemporary” as anything written from around the turn of the 20th century to now. Be sure to read the entire play from which your monologue is taken. Monologues must be from published plays—no film or TV scripts or original material. Each monologue must be under two minutes in length.  

You will have an opportunity to converse with your evaluator immediately after presenting your monologues. This is your time to tell us about yourself–your background, interests, professional and academic goals. Be yourself!

If I want to be considered for the Musical Theatre program, do I sing and dance at the artistic review?

Yes. We should begin by saying studio placement is done by the Department. Tisch Drama has six acting studios and one musical theatre studio that provide primary artistic training for our incoming students. If you choose a Musical Theatre artistic review, we will consider you for placement in the musical theatre studio first. If we feel you are a good fit, we will place you there. If not, we will automatically consider you for placement in one of the acting studios.

When you book your artistic review session online, we will ask you if you would like to be considered for placement in all studios or only in the musical theatre program. If Tisch Drama is your overriding objective, choose ALL STUDIOS. If you plan to pursue an undergraduate course of study solely in musical theatre, you might consider choosing MUSICAL THEATRE ONLY. Please keep in mind, however, that if you choose MUSICAL THEATRE ONLY but we do not feel you are a good fit for the musical theatre program, you will not be considered for any acting studios nor will you be accepted into NYU. 

Tisch Drama offers a range of programs where musical skills are viewed as an essential element of an actor’s expressive vocabulary. Our most concentrated musical theatre program is offered through the New Studio on Broadway, but students attend voice, music and dance classes throughout the Department and participate in full-length musicals at other studios, including Playwrights Horizons, Strasberg and ETW. At least one musical is traditionally chosen as a core element of the Department’s produced season and the departmental curriculum offers cabaret classes, which culminate in produced final projects. Also, countless musical theatre and cabaret performances are staged by Drama students both in student-produced productions and as part of the directing program at Playwrights Horizons Theater School. 

Can I do an Acting artistic review AND a Musical Theatre artistic review?

No.  You may only choose one discipline for your artistic review. 

If you participate in an Acting artistic review, you will be considered for placement in one of the six acting studios for your primary training. You will not be considered for the musical theatre program at the New Studio on Broadway, our most concentrated musical theatre training.    

If you do a Musical Theatre artistic review, you will be considered first for placement in the musical theatre program at the New Studio on Broadway. If we feel you are a good fit, we will place you there. If not, we will consider you for placement in one of the acting studios. 

Do I have to audition in New York City?

Early Decision and Early Decision II candidates must audition in New York.  

Regular Decision candidates have the option of attending an artistic review in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and international locations.

Transfer candidates may audition in New York and Los Angeles.

If you plan to attend a regional artistic review session, please be sure your discipline is being offered in the city of your choice before making travel plans.

Digital submission is an option for all decision periods.

Can I submit my artistic review digitally?

If you cannot attend an in-person artistic review, a digital artistic review may be submitted, but you must follow specific guidelines. Submissions that do not strictly follow the digital submission guidelines will not be considered.

You are welcome to use the digital submission option if you cannot make it to one of the artistic review locations for an in-person artistic review or in the event that all available appointments have been filled. You must submit your NYU application before you will be permitted to upload your digital artistic review material. A couple of days after you submit the Common App, you will receive an email from NYU with a personalized link to the Drama Artistic Review portal. Learn about the application process here.

After you submit the Common App, you will be required to upload your singing and dance videos (if applicable) or your portfolio material (if applicable) to the Drama Artistic Review portal. 

When scheduling a digital session, you will choose a date and a 3-hour session time during which you will perform your monologue(s), if applicable, and have a brief conversation with your evaluator via Zoom (a free video conferencing platform), just as you would in an in-person evaluation.

At the start of the session, we will connect with you on Zoom and engage you in a group meeting with the other digital candidates in your session to answer any questions you may have. Once the group has watched a brief informational video about the department and the artistic review process, the evaluator will begin to contact each candidate one by one for their individual artistic review.

Can my drama teacher write me a recommendation letter?

No. NYU Undergraduate Admissions requires two letters of recommendation: one from an academic teacher and one from a guidance counselor. Tisch Drama does not require an artistic recommendation, as we are evaluating your natural ability as an artist through the artistic review. Letters from artistic teachers and mentors will not be accepted during the admissions process.

Can I sit in on a class?

No. Tisch Drama does not arrange for prospective students to watch classes. Studio work is of a sensitive nature and is not set up for observation.

Can I visit the Department of Drama?

Of course! If you are planning to visit NYU, you are encouraged to attend a Tisch Drama information session. The Department holds info sessions twice a week throughout most of the year—on Mondays and Fridays at noon—at 721 Broadway, Third Floor. While you're here, you are welcome to take a self-guided tour.

In addition to the Tisch Drama info session, we recommend that you attend an NYU Undergraduate Admissions info session and campus tour. If a Tisch student is leading one of the tours, be sure to be in that group. Please call NYU Undergraduate Admissions at 212 998 4500 or visit their website to reserve a space.