The Studio is open to all who apply to it with the serious intent of developing professional level skills, and who are prepared to undertake the rigorous and demanding work required to attain them.

We ask that all applicants to the studio read the articles found in our Library.

Applicants MUST also read William Esper’s book, The Actor’s Art and Craft.  This is a pre-requisite for your application and WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GRANT AN INTERVIEW TO ANYONE WHO HAS NOT READ THIS BOOK.

Applicants should prepare a brief statement of intent explaining why they want to be an actor and why they wish to study at the William Esper Studio.  This is included as part of the Student Application Form which should be filled out and submitted prior to their interview. Please also make sure to upload a headshot and resume as part of the application. If you do not have a headshot, please upload a current photograph of yourself.

After submitting the application, you should receive a confirmation email that it has been received.  Please call us at the studio if you do not get a confirmation.

Final determination of acceptance will be made after a personal interview.

Students who are unable to attend an interview in New York may request to be interviewed by telephone or skype.

As a rule, the Studio does not accept students who are under 18 years of age, or whose spoken English is difficult to understand.

PLEASE NOTE: We ask that you apply only after you have done all research listed above. Our interview process is not an information session. If you have any questions about the Esper Studio or the program that will help you make your decision, please contact us prior to your interview.