Aug 24, 2019  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 

School of Theatre and Dance

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Director: J. Dickey
Graduate Performance Program Coordinator: Ralf Remshardt
Graduate Design Program Coordinator: S. Kaye

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The graduate program offered by the School of Theatre and Dance leads to the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Theatre. Minimum requirements for this degree are given in the General Information section of this catalog.

The M.F.A. degree prepares students for professional entry in acting, production, or teaching. Placement in the M.F.A. program is determined by audition/portfolio review, academic credentials, and personal interview. Candidates for admission should have adequate training in theatre. Deficiencies may be corrected before beginning graduate study.

The program emphasizes the study and practice of theatre as an art and discipline. Students of acting and design study concepts of theatre together while working in their areas of specialization. Focus is on the collaboration and synthesis of theatre artistry. Each incoming class is composed of approximately 12 to 18 students in acting and all design areas.

The student’s artistic and academic progress will be reviewed at the end of each semester. The School of Theatre Handbook gives details on the form and focus of each review. This information is online at

During the final year of study, each student must successfully complete the comprehensive examination and oral defense. The project in lieu of thesis includes research, analysis, rehearsal process, and evaluation. Development and execution of the project includes public performance (acting or design). The written document and oral defense of the project which follow must demonstrate the ability to communicate the creative process.

Graduate acting students audition for all departmental productions.


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