M.F.A in Acting
The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance is a department where we pride ourselves in producing the finest of artist/scholars. Our graduates are not only among the most talented actors in their cohort, but are also among the brightest. We accept only highly motivated, talented individuals wishing to pursue acting as a career, who are intellectually curious. Actors are trained for stage, film, television and voice-overs. We encourage all to apply regardless of "type."
The Winship Building, which houses the Department of Theatre and Dance, brings together all the disciplines that make for the practice of performance: actors, directors, dancers, writers, designers, dramaturgs, theatre historians/academicians, etc. It has been said that "all you need as a theatre practitioner is found here at UT, all under one roof." Courses are taught, and projects are mounted in the department that reflect close interdisciplinary collaborations between all aspects of the arts.
Austin, Texas is thriving theatrically. While there are three established theatres that hire Equity actors, Austin is also building a national reputation with independently produced works and fringe theatre, such as Rude Mechanicals, Salvage Vanguard Theatre, and The Vortex. We have formalized a professional internship association with the State Theatre, allowing M.F.A. Acting students to be cast in at least one State Theatre production during their six semesters, for which they qualify for Equity Membership Candidacy points. In each of these venues, our students have had the opportunity to work professionally. Every effort is made to assist M.F.A. actors in securing work in various summer stock companies, frequently through yearly auditions on campus. Austin is also home to a growing film community for independent and studio productions, including the Texas Film Institute/Burnt Orange Productions.
Apply through the admissions office and audition for the department.
Undergraduate degree required,
2) Northwestern University
M.F.A in Directing
The Master of Fine Arts in Directing program will train you for a professional career in the theatre at the highest level of artistry. Here you will have the ability to hone your craft and your unique vision while working side by side with gifted designers and our award-winning faculty. Our program gives you:
Foundational knowledge from which to build a solid career, including theatre’s texts, styles, history, and cultural functions as well as the ability to analyze scripts effectively
A developed and articulated point of view that sets your productions apart and which are informed by a text’s political, social, cultural, and historical implications
Constructive and practical leadership skills as you manage an artistic and collaborative team
The ability to communicate your vision—fluency in the language of acting, playwriting, and design, including the creation of a strong visual vocabulary that conveys meaning through powerful theatrical images
As you collaborate with actors and designers in classroom and production activities, you will also be learning advanced directing theory and practice from working directors at such prestigious theatres as Steppenwolf and Lookingglass. You will be exposed to an expansive range of artists, scholars, and critical perspectives, while being supported in close tutorial relationships with a core faculty.
Our facilities include two black-box theatres, two main stages, and a complete scene shop. We also provide you with a rich curriculum that includes varied production opportunities such as professional internships and exposure to the multifaceted theatre community in Chicago.
Two official transcripts (bearing registrar’s signature and/or the institution’s seal) from each post-secondary institution attended, documenting all courses taken (within or outside a degree program), grades received, and degrees earned.
Three letters of recommendation, sealed, from people who know your work as a student and/or theatre artist.
A one-page statement of purpose, explaining your current goals, career plans, and reasons for selecting theatre as a major field of graduate study.
Documentation of theatre work, i.e., reviews, portfolio designs, promotional materials, or production photos that do not need to be returned (no video tapes).
Official GRE scores. The Educational Testing Service will send official scores directly to Northwestern University's Graduate School. Use the institutional code 1565.
Official TOEFL scores for international applicants whose native language is not English. The Educational Testing Service will send official scores directly to Northwestern University's Graduate School. Use the institutional code 1565.
The faculty will review the preliminary packet and let you know if you will be invited to campus for a faculty interview. The faculty will recommend a formal application after a successful interview takes place. The formal application deadline is March 15.
Also two years outside of professional directing
3) Ohio State University
M.F.A. in Acting
The Master of Fine Arts in Acting with a focus on the creation of new works at The Ohio State University prepares actors in the fundamentals of acting, with experience in classical and contemporary styles within the context of developing methods for creating original contemporary work. The program emphasizes the development of actors who can work in a repertory company setting as well as function as an independent artist producing original work. The program prepares actors to work in creative ways with local communities in realizing original works.
The Master of Fine Arts in Acting is a terminal degree providing training in theatrical performance to students preparing for creative careers in theatre.
Audition and interview
A minimum of 108 graduate credit hours must be completed for the MFA in Acting. The area requires the completion of specific classes.
Students holding Graduate Fellowships are required by the Graduate School to register for a minimum of fifteen (15) graduate credit hours per quarter