Admission to the M.F.A. Programs in Acting and Directing is based on a private audition and interview, as well as on the following materials, which should be submitted online at

  • completed application to the Brown Graduate School (see below for more information)
  • college transcripts (student copy is acceptable)
  • three letters of recommendation (originals only)
  • one-page written personal statement (all applicants)
  • one-page essay as described below (only required if applying to the M.F.A. Directing Program)
  • $75.00 non-refundable application fee

If it is not possible to upload your transcript onto your application, or if a recommender has problems with the emailed link, PDF versions may be emailed to and copied to jjann@ Please do not mail paper versions. In addition, all applicants must submit the following materials to Jill Jann, Program Manager at Trinity Rep, 201 Washington Street, Providence, RI 02903 or

  • a photo and resume
  • an audition form (in order to secure a slot in the city of your choice, please complete and send this form immediately)
  • supplemental financial aid form (only required if applying for financial support)

The deadline for all applications to the Acting and Directing Programs is January 4, 2017.

Brown Graduate School Application:

  • GRE and writing samples are not required.
  • Responses to questions regarding published articles or books, and fluency in a foreign language are not required.

One-page essay (only required of applicants for the Directing Program):

  • based on any play by William Shakespeare, Henrik Ibsen, Anton Chekhov, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Jose Rivera, August Wilson, Suzan-Lori Parks, Sarah Ruhl, Erik Ehn, or Sarah Kane.
  • written as if the director is addressing the cast and designers on the first day of rehearsal. (Why are you doing this play? How do you envision the actors and designers working with you to achieve this? Choosing one essential moment in the play which is central to your production, how will you address it with the actors and designers?)


Acting applicants:

  • will be asked to perform two contrasting monologues, not to exceed a combined total of two and a half minutes.
  • should be prepared with a minimum of two additional monologues, not to exceed one minute each.
  • are required to attend the one-hour information session at 2pm on the day of their audition.

Directing applicants:

  • will be asked to perform one monologue, not to exceed 90 seconds.
  • should be prepared to discuss their work, their past assignments, and what they intend to accomplish in the future.
  • are invited (but not required) to submit additional materials with their applications, including portfolios, production scripts, photos, DVDs, videotapes, and any other pertinent materials which will help the audition panel to understand the directing applicant’s vision and capabilities. (If submitted, these materials should be specifically and carefully chosen. Submissions are limited to a maximum of eight pages of written materials plus audio/video material not to exceed eight minutes. Application material will not be returned.)
  • are required to attend the one-hour information session at 2pm on the day of their audition.

Auditions for actors will be scheduled in 2017 in:

New York: Friday/Saturday, January 20/21 and Monday/Tuesday, January 23/24
Chicago: Friday/Saturday, January 27/28
San Francisco: Monday, February 6
Providence: Friday, February 10

Auditions for directors will be scheduled in 2017 in:

New York: Friday/Saturday/Sunday, February 3/4/5
Chicago: Wednesday, February 8
San Francisco: Friday, February 10
Providence: Monday, February 13

Please use the Audition Request Form to select the city in which you would like to audition. The form is available here and should be returned directly to Jill Jann as soon as possible. It may be submitted prior to receipt of all other application materials. Due to the availability of the audition panelists, it may not be possible to honor requests for specific dates or times.

Acting applicants who are accepted into the program are required to visit Trinity Rep and Brown University, Friday, March 3 – Sunday, March 5.

Arrangements will be made for successful first-round directing applicants to come to Providence for a second round of auditions, including the opportunity to direct a short scene. Callbacks for directing applicants are Friday, March 10 – Sunday, March 12. It is mandatory that directing finalists visit Brown/Trinity Rep on those dates.