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Application Information for 2015/2016 Coming Soon!
Feel free to review last year's audition requirements:


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.     Application form postmarked no later than January 3, 2014

2.     Non-refundable $80 application fee made payable to Harvard University

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.  Letters of recommendation may be sent separately and must be postmarked by January 2, 2014.

6.     Official transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions.  If you did not attend a post-secondary institution, you must submit certified high-school transcripts.  Transcripts must also be postmarked by January 3, 2014.

*Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent or be beyond the age of compulsory school attendance in Massachusetts.


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.


To read more about financial aid at the A.R.T. Institute, click here for the 2014/15 Financial Aid Manual.

Please click here for the 2014/15 Financial Aid Application. The Financial Aid Application must be postmarked by February 15, 2014.

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, 2014. You must submit your FAFSA by February 15, 2014 to be considered for financial aid in the academic year. See details on the FAFSA website (  The Institute school code is E00014.


All prospective students should be aware of Harvard’s policies on file-sharing and the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.

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