Theatre (M.F.A.)

The Master of Fine Arts curriculum in theatre is a three-year program of intensive professional training in the student’s area of specialization and is offered in acting, theatre stage design, stage costume design, stage lighting design, theatre management or stage management.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. Students with a bachelor’s degree are eligible to enroll in the M.F.A. program if they have successfully completed an audition or personal interview with the theatre arts faculty. Students must declare their area of specialization upon entry into the program. The M.F.A. program is open only to members of the Hilberry Repertory Theatre Company.

 

The Master of Fine Arts with a Major in Theatre is offered only as a Plan C master’s program, requiring sixty credits in the area of specialization. All programs require a final project and a final oral examination relevant to the degree specialization. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts.

Acting

Sixty Credits (Open only to members M.F.A. in Theatre.)

THR 5812Development of the Drama II: Nineteenth Century to Modern (Max. 3)3
THR 6211Acting Studio I: Fundamentals of the Stanislavski System2
THR 6215Acting Studio II: Introduction to the Michael Chekhov2
THR 7211Acting Studio III: Advanced Michael Chekhov Technique2
THR 7215Acting Studio IV: Advanced Study of Active Analysis and Physical Approach to Acting2
THR 8211Acting Studio V: Preparation for the Profession2
THR 8215Acting Studio VI: Audition and Composition2
THR 6221Theatrical Movement I - Introduction to Physical Awareness1
THR 6235Voice and Speech II: Speech Foundations1
THR 7231Voice and Speech III - Vocalizing Heightened Language & Shakespeare1
THR 7235Voice and Speech IV: Musical Theatre & Singing Techniques1
THR 8231Voice and Speech V: Accents & Dialects for Stage and Media1
THR 8235Voice and Speech VI - Media Techniques1
THR 6221Theatrical Movement I - Introduction to Physical Awareness1
THR 6225Theatrical Movement II - Introduction to Movement Analysis 1
THR 7221Theatrical Movement IV: Dance Techniques1
THR 7225Theatrical Movement IV - Ensemble Physicality1
THR 8221Theatrical Movement V - Acrobatics1
THR 8225Theatrical Movement VI - Composition and Physical Devising1
THR 5721Playwriting3
THR 7271Acting for the Camera3
THR 7281Theatre Aesthetics3
THR 7581Repertory Theatre: Acting (Max. 18)1-4
THR 7741Dramaturgy3
THR 8995MFA Acting Exit Project3

Theatre Management

Sixty Credits

THR 6651Public Relations and the Arts3
THR 6661Marketing the Theatre3
THR 6671Interpersonal Dynamics2
THR 6675Board Governance in the Theatre2
THR 7584Repertory Theatre Management (Max. 12)1-3
THR 7651Leadership in the Arts3
THR 7661Market Data and Decisions in the Arts2
THR 7655Human Resources and Financial Management for the Arts3
THR 7671Funding and Grant writing for the Arts3
THR 7665Sourcing and Managing Project Funds2
THR 8651Entrepreneurship in the Theatre3
THR 8661The Media and the Theatre2
THR 8665Managing Groups and Teams2
Business/Theatre Coursework: Select two courses from the following (other courses may be substituted with advisor approval):6
Business Electives
Managing Organizational Behavior
Layout and Design
Theatre Electives
Theatre History I
Development of the Drama I: Greek to Eighteenth Century
Theatre History II
Development of the Drama II: Nineteenth Century to Modern
Dramaturgy
Theatre Aesthetics
MFA Management Exit Project

Stage Management

Sixty Credits

THR 6601Studio I2
THR 6605Studio II2
THR 7601Studio III2
THR 7605Studio IV2
THR 8601Studio V2
THR 8605Studio VI2
THR 6301Foundations of Graduate Design2
THR 7583Repertory Theatre: Stage Management (Max. 12)1-4
THR 8991MFA Management Exit Project3
Theatre Electives
History and Criticism Sequence
Select four of the following:12
Black Dramatic Literature and Performance
Pioneers of the Modern Theatre
Playwriting
Development of the Drama II: Nineteenth Century to Modern
Dramaturgy
Theatre Aesthetics
Theatre Arts & Crafts Sequence
Select four of the following:12
Theatre Costuming I
Theatre Costuming II
Playwriting
Stage Lighting
Stage Design
Introduction to Scene Painting
Advanced Stage Lighting Design
Architecture and Decor
THR 8941
THR 8945
Teaching Internship I
and Teaching Internship II
6
Other Electives with advisor's approval

Theatre Stage Design

Sixty Credits

THR 5315Advanced Stage Design3
THR 5422Introduction to Scene Painting3
THR 5426Advanced Scene Painting3
THR 6301Foundations of Graduate Design2
THR 6381Styles of Design3
THR 6311Professional Scenic Design I3
THR 6315Professional Scenic Design II3
THR 6361Design Studio I2
THR 6365Design Studio II2
THR 8301Design Studio III2
THR 8305Design Studio IV2
THR 7582Repertory Theatre: Design (12 req.)1-4
THR 7381Architecture and Decor3
THR 8992MFA Design Exit Project2
Design Cognates (with advisor's approval)6
Theatre Studies (with advisor's approval)9

Stage Lighting Design

Sixty Credits

THR 5335Advanced Stage Lighting Design3
THR 6301Foundations of Graduate Design2
THR 6331Professional Lighting Design I3
THR 6335Professional Lighting Design II3
THR 6361Design Studio I2
THR 6365Design Studio II2
THR 8301Design Studio III2
THR 8305Design Studio IV2
THR 6381Styles of Design3
THR 7582Repertory Theatre: Design (Max. 18)1-4
THR 7381Architecture and Decor3
THR 8992MFA Design Exit Project2
Design Cognates (with advisor's approval)6
Theatre Studies (with advisor's approval)9

Stage Costume Design

Sixty Credits

THR 5315Advanced Stage Design3
Select two of the following:6
Stage Lighting
Stage Design
Advanced Stage Lighting Design
THR 6301Foundations of Graduate Design2
THR 6321Professional Costume Design I3
THR 5451Advanced Stage and Film Makeup2
THR 6325Professional Costume Design II3
THR 6361Design Studio I2
THR 6365Design Studio II2
THR 8301Design Studio III2
THR 8305Design Studio IV2
THR 6381Styles of Design3
THR 7321Costume History and Design I3
THR 7325Costume History and Design II3
THR 7381Architecture and Decor3
THR 8992MFA Design Exit Project2
Design Cognates (with advisor's approval)6
Threatre Studies (with advisor's approval)9
Electives (with advisor's approval)10