Apply – PATP

Please note: We will have a new class starting Fall 2023 and again Fall 2025. Our next auditions will be in January and February of 2023 in New York City, Chicago, and Chapel Hill.  Applications will open in August.

Chapel Hill: 

  • By appointment, Saturday, January 14, 2023, in the Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art on the UNC Campus.

New York: 


Audition Guidelines for those applying directly to the program through the Graduate School at UNC Chapel Hill:

  1. Prospective students should complete an online application to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill here.  For more information about the Graduate School go hereNoteThe Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to the MFA Acting program.
  2. Once your application materials are received you will be contacted to schedule your audition, and given your choice of Chapel Hill, New York, or Chicago.  For questions on the application process, please call the Department of Dramatic Art at 919-962-1132.
  3. For the audition, candidates should prepare two contrasting monologues – one classical, and one contemporary.  Please keep each piece under two minutes.  For applicants who sing, a brief a cappella selection is welcome.  

Fellowships and Financial Aid:

The Professional Actor Training Program is committed to limiting debt burden for our MFA students and strives to offer as much financial aid as possible to as many students as possible. For information regarding financial aid through the UNC Graduate School go here.  Applicants seeking financial aid from the University must submit the FAFSA form to the College Scholarship Service, Princeton, NJ by March 1 for priority consideration.

Much of the financial aid we offer is dependent on a student achieving North Carolina residency by the beginning of their second year.   PATP actors must do everything in their power to take all steps to achieve residency.