The Office of Admissions must receive the following application materials before an audition can be scheduled: Apply online or by mail.
How To Apply
The Office of Admissions must receive the following application materials before an audition can be scheduled. Exceptions may be made for touring auditions.
1. A completed application form and application fee ($50.00). The fee is non-refundable and must accompany the application. Payments can be made by check, money order or credit card. Checks should be made payable to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. (International applicants must send fee by bank check, money order or Charge Card Authorization in U.S. dollars.)
2. Transcripts: High school and/or college.
a. A high school transcript is a complete and original secondary school transcript or marks sheet (grades) that bears the school seal and certifying signature of a school official. (High school seniors may submit most recent transcript with application and should request final transcript to be sent following graduation.)
b. College Transcript(s), if attended. If you have already completed a Bachelors or higher degree, we do not need your high school transcript.
3. One letter of personal reference. A theatre person need not write this letter. An employer, teacher, counselor, clergy or anyone who has known the prospective student for a period of years may write the letter, but not a family member. The letter should be written on letterhead stationery and should mention the relationship of the writer to the applicant.
4. One letter concerning dramatic ability. This letter may be written by a member of a high school or college theatre department, or by a director, producer, or other professional theatre person who has had an opportunity to appraise the applicant's potential. Applicants who have had no dramatic training or experience should substitute a second letter of personal reference.
In addition to the requirements listed above, international students, whose native language is other than English, must demonstrate sufficient competence with spoken and written English. This is necessary to insure that articulation and faculty understanding will not impede their learning and development. (We do not require the TOEFL examination.)
Academic records from foreign schools must be submitted in certified English translations.
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Form I-20 will be issued only after the applicant has been accepted for enrollment and has met all standards set forth by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and The Department of Homeland Security.
We encourage early application/audition for all international students and recommend sufficient time allotment for visa processing (4-5 months prior to enrollment).