Admission by examination - 14th class (2024-2027)

The next ESNAM entrance by examination (14th ESNAM class, 2024-2027) will take place from 15 to 22 April 2024, with a start in September 2024.

Online registration (application form): from Monday 8 January 2024 at 9:00am to Monday 5 February 2024 at 5:00pm (Paris time, UTC +1).

An application guide is at your disposal to help you with this process.


  • To be aged minimum18 and maximum 26 years on 30 June 2024.
  • Baccalauréat or equivalent French or foreign qualification.
  • At least one year of theatre experience and/or another artistic discipline (circus, dance, visual arts, etc.).
  • Applicants of all nationalities are welcome, provided they have a reasonable level of expression in French (B1, European level).

Exceptions to the age and diploma limits may be considered by an internal committee based on a request letter submitted by the applicant together with the application form.


Phase 1: Review of the applications (short-listing)
At the end of the online application period (until 5 February 2024, 5:00pm), the school director will draw up a list of applicants selected for the auditions, after reviewing any requests for exemption, the applications and documents received.

  • Eligibility or non-eligibility email will be sent in the week of 11 March 2024.
  • Candidates selected for admission tests will then be notified by e-mail to attend the exam in Charleville-Mézières.

Phase 2: Auditions (preliminary rounds)
From Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 April 2024
Audition before the jury (20’).

Candidates are required to prepare:

  • The interpretation of a scene from the French or foreign classical or contemporary repertoire (acting).
  • The interpretation of a scene involving puppetry (free repertoire).
  • A critical analysis of a show recently watched by the candidate.

Candidates will also be asked to do:

  • A dramatic improvisation using materials, objects or puppets (provided by the school).
  • A reading in French of a text (poem or prose) proposed by the jury.
  • He/she will be asked about his/her personal motivations. He/she may present any document that might help to assess his/her artistic abilities.

At the end of the auditions, the candidates selected by the jury are invited to a probationary period.

Phase 3: probationary workshop and final exam
From Thursday 18 to Monday 22 April 2024

  • Probationary workshop from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 April 2024 (4 days)
  • Final exam on Monday 22 April 2024: the candidate prepares and presents a 10-minute short performance in front of a jury, using materials provided.

At the end of the exam, the jury selects around fifteen candidates to form ESNAM’s 14th class (2024-2027). The list of candidates finally admitted will be displayed at the school and published on
the same day.

Tuesday 23 April 2024 (morning)

  • Possible meeting with members of the jury for non-admitted candidates.
  • 1st information meeting for admitted candidates.


Registration is required for the first round of the entrance examination.
Registration will take place exclusively online.
The link to the form will be available from 8 January 2024 9:00am until 5 February 2024 5:00pm (Paris time: UTC +1) on this page.

Below is the information allowing you to prepare the requested elements.

To register for the entrance examination, each candidate must:

  • Ensure that he/she meets the conditions for applying (listed above).
  • Complete the online form and provide the supporting documents in the formats requested (see below).
  • Pay the 60€ application fee (non-refundable).
  • Submit his/her application by 5:00pm on 5 February 2024 at the latest.
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The online form includes

  • Your contact details
  • Your INE number (for French nationals)
  • Details of your studies (excluding artistic studies: dates, diploma, school, city/country)
  • Details of your artistic studies (dates, diploma/courses, school, teachers, city/country)
  • Details of general and artistic career (dates, function, structure/organisation, city/country)
  • Your reasons for coming to ESNAM
  • Your expectations about ESNAM training and your specific needs
  • Communication survey (how you heard about ESNAM) 

List of supporting documents to be sent to
Via the file transfer platform of your choice.
For example: Wetransfer, Google drive, Smash, Dropbox…
Accepted formats: pdf, png, jpeg / 2 MB maximum per file

  • A passport photo (portrait)
  • Valid passport or identity card (both sides)
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Proof of having passed the baccalauréat or an equivalent French or foreign qualification; foreign nationals should obtain proof of equivalence from a French consulate.
  • For French citizens, an individual certificate of participation in the Defence and Citizenship Day (JDC).
  • If concerned, a request letter for exemption to age limit or diploma.
  • Any document showing your artistic abilities (photos, drawings, texts, videos, etc.).
    For videos, please share links (URL address) in a document (Word file, for example) with a short presentation.
    —-> If you need to send us original documents in addition to the digital version,
    please send them to:
  • Examination entrance fee: 60€ (non-refundable) by bank transfer.
    Please indicate droit-inscription-concours + your Surname and first name
    on the transfer order.
    IBAN: FR76 3000 4008 7100 0034 5287 783

As a reminder, your application and all the above-mentioned documents must be sent before 5:00pm on 5 February 2024 (Paris time: UTC +1).