Apply to the ACA

How to Apply

Submit the following to The George Washington University:

Complete an online application.

For an application, click here and then click on "Apply Now." In the upper right corner, click on "Sign Up."You will be asked to create an account to work on your application. If you have problems accessing an application or connecting to the GW website, please call 202.994.2819.

Pay a non-refundable application fee of $80.

This fee is required by George Washington University for application processing. Do not send cash.

Send Transcripts

Request official or certified copies of academic records/transcripts to be sent to The George Washington University.

If you prefer to mail your application, or you wish to correspond with the University, please send materials to:

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences–Graduate Admissions Office
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 107
Washington, D.C. 20052

*You may schedule an audition slot before you have completed the application. Please email kwhite@shakespearetheatre.org to do so.


Once we have received your application materials, we will offer you an audition slot in the city of your choice. For the 2020-21 class, we're holding auditions in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.

New York: January 19 & 20
Chicago: January 26 & 27
Los Angeles: February 1
Washington, D.C.: February 15
Vancouver, B.C, Canada: February 22

To schedule an audition, please email: kwhite@shakespearetheatre.orgor call 202.994.2819

For your audition, you'll be asked to participate in a short warmup exercise, and then to present two contrasting Shakespeare monologues. After we see your work, you'll sit down to interview with our faculty. The interview is an opportunity for us to get to know you and your career goals, and for you to ask us questions about the program and the training.

Auditions are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. As such, we expect you to keep your audition slot. If you have to cancel, please do so as early as possible so that we can make room for another candidate to audition.

If necessary, you may schedule an audition before you have submitted all of your application materials. Please email Kat White, our Program Coordinator, to make an appointment.

For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

What we're looking for in the Audition/Interview:

In the audition, we're looking for actors with a facility for language, a solid vocal instrument, a connection to physicality, and instincts toward action and objective. In the interview, we hope to get a sense of your commitment to the acting profession, your work ethic, and your desire for growth.