Application Requirements

A.R.T. Institute Application Requirements for 2016/17

Please note that a complete application differs for each of our three disciplines: Acting, Dramaturgy, and Voice and Speech Pedagogy. 

ALL APPLICANTS must submit the following materials:
1.     Online application form (found below) no later than January 3, 2017.
2.     Non-refundable $80 application fee to be paid upon completion of initial online registration.
Once the initial application has been completed, applicants will receive an email confirmation that includes instructions on uploading the following required supplementary materials.
3.     Current resume of theatrical experience 
4.     Brief statement of purpose (no more than two pages double spaced) outlining your reasons for seeking admission to the Institute
5.     Two letters of recommendation from teachers, directors, or others who are able to comment on your potential for achievement in the professional theater.  If your recommenders would prefer to send the letter themselves, they can email it to or send it to 64 Brattle St, Cambridge MA 02138. All letters must be postmarked by January 3, 2017.
6.     Official transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions. If necessary, official transcripts can be mailed to 64 Brattle St, Cambridge MA 02138 or emailed to  Transcripts must also be postmarked by January 3, 2017. Please note that only official transcripts will be accepted.
*Applicants must have a regionally accredited US bachelor's degree or its foreign equivalent.
7.     Recent headshot
7.     Writing samples (See below for full description)
When all of the individual’s required application materials are received, acting applicants will be notified of their audition appointments by e-mail.  For the audition, actors should prepare two contrasting monologues; one selection should be a Shakespearean monologue and the other selection should be contemporary. Each monologue should be two minutes long.  Applicants who consider themselves singers should prepare sixteen bars of a song that they can comfortably perform without accompaniment.
Applicants to the dramaturgy program must submit two samples of their writing: an essay about a theatrical event, a piece of dramatic criticism, an essay about a play, an original play or adaptation, or any other prose that gives evidence of dramaturgical skill. After a review of the written materials, selected candidates will be invited by the Admissions Committee to interview.
Voice applicant recommendations should highlight vocal training and experience in addition to performing or directing capabilities. The personal statement should include philosophy of vocal training. Once received, selected candidates will be invited by the Admissions Committee to interview.
CLICK HERE to review additional application information regarding: audition and interview dates, certificate and degree descriptions, financial aid options, the current Institute Season, and more.






To review 2016/17 financial aid information, please click here.
The financial aid application must be postmarked by February 15, 2017.
If applying for financial aid, students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to the Federal Student Aid Information Center by February 15, 2017. You must submit your FAFSA by February 15, 2017 to be considered for financial aid in the academic year. See details on the FAFSA website (  The Institute school code is E00014.

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