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): application form available during this period.

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


  • To be aged minimum 18 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.


  • Possible exchange with pedagogic responsible for non-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).