Watch for updates in September for the next round of applications.

Acting Auditions
New York – Friday/Saturday, January 19 & 20, 2018 and Monday/Tuesday, January 22 & 23, 2018
Chicago – Wednesday, January 31, 2018
San Francisco – Monday, February 5, 2018
Providence – Friday, February 9, 2018

Directing Auditions
New York – Friday/Saturday, February 2 & 3, 2018
Chicago – Wednesday, February 7, 2018
San Francisco – Friday, February 9, 2018
Providence – Monday, February 12, 2018


Admission to the MFA Programs in Acting and Directing are based on a private audition and interview, as well as on the following materials, which should be submitted online.

  • Completed application to the Brown Graduate School
  • College transcripts (student copy is acceptable)
  • Three letters of recommendation (originals only)
  • One-page written personal statement (all applicants)
  • One-page essay as described blow (only required if applying to the MFA 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 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

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?)

For the audition:

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 2:00 pm 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 2:00 pm on the day of their audition.

Auditions for directors and actors will take place in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Providence in early 2018.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the M.F.A. programs in the Graduate School for the 2016–17 academic year was $50,224.

Financial aid is available in the form of full and partial tuition scholarships, which will be awarded at the time of acceptance. Tuition scholarship grants are awarded on the basis of financial need, past performance, and evidence of potential success in the program.

Students may be eligible to borrow through the Federal Direct Student Loan Program. Consideration for need-based federal aid (Federal Direct Loans) is based on status as a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. To borrow through this program, it is essential to complete the FAFSA. For additional information about eligibility and the applications for the Federal Direct Loan Program, contact the Graduate School Financial Aid Office at (401) 863-2721.

Applicants who wish to apply for scholarship support must complete the following forms prior to the audition:

  • The Brown/Trinity Supplemental Financial Aid Form. This form should be emailed directly to Jill Jann, Brown/Trinity Program Manager. This form is only necessary if you are applying for scholarship support.
  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be filed online at The new 2017-18 form is currently available. For our application, the FAFSA is due no later than January 10, 2017.

Please do not call the Brown Graduate Admissions Office with questions regarding the MFA programs. All questions should be addressed to:

Jill Jann
Brown/Trinity Rep Program Manager
c/o Trinity Repertory Company
201 Washington St
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 521-1100 x 271