Frequently Asked Questions
We want to know who you are! We suggest you choose material you feel strongly about, material that reveals something personal about you and where something important is at stake for the character. We want to see your idea of what acting is, what your sense of purpose in acting is — not someone else’s. Your heart and your individuality are what’s important to us.
Please prepare two contrasting pieces to share at your initial audition. Your pieces can be drawn from any period and any genre of theatrical literature. If requested, you should be ready to present a third and even a fourth piece. All material must be fully memorized and in English. While there is no strict time limit for the audition, we strongly recommend that your pieces not exceed 3 minutes in length. 2 – 2 ½ minutes per piece is a useful target to aim for.
Your pieces can be from any source. We have found over time that material written for the stage tends to better serve actors in our audition process. However, you should present the kind of material that speaks to you.
Yes, we will send you an invitation letter to show your local U.S. Embassy/Consulate after you have officially submitted your application and self-scheduled your audition timeslot. Please email email@example.com if you self-scheduled your audition timeslot but did not receive an invitation letter.
International applicants are encouraged to plan their tourist visit to the United States in advance. The wait time for a tourist visa application interview can vary, so early application is strongly encouraged. It is important to apply for a tourist visa well in advance of the travel departure date.
David Geffen School of Drama is located in New Haven, Connecticut. During your visit to Yale, we suggest that you may wish to explore nearby cities and visit their tourist attractions. New Haven is two-and-a-half-hours south of Boston and almost two hours north of New York City. Both cities are accessible by car, train, bus, and airplane. We also suggest that you may wish to explore tourist attractions at Chicago, Illinois or San Francisco, California during your visit for your audition at those cities.