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Theatre, MFA

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Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts  > School of Theatre and Dance  > Theatre, MFA

The University of Houston Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Theatre program has four primary areas of study:

  • Acting
  • Design
  • Technical Direction
  • Costume Technology

MFA in Theatre - Acting

The MFA Professional Actor Training Program challenges talent and hones skills through a progressive arc of training in rigorous studio work and in full productions; professional connections are forged through auditions for work with Shakespeare festivals and other regional theater. The combination of rigorous studio training, diverse production experience, and professional networking will provide a launch for a career like no other program in the country.

The artists coming out of this program will be notable for combining five inter-locking qualities: Imagination, Agility, Precision, Passion, and Speed. UH’s Professional Actor Training Program is a rigorous two-year program designed to prepare actors to work for leading regional theatres in major markets. Acting, voice, speech, stage combat, and movement skills are honed through extensive studio work and performances in UH productions. The program keeps a constant eye on the profession, bringing in outside artistic directors and sending the actors to group auditions to win the jobs that build a resume and a career.

MFA in Theatre - Design

Design students specialize and train in one or more discipline: scenic design, costume design or lighting design. All students enter the program together and remain together for three years. Only one class is trained at a time. Collaboration is the heart and soul of the program. Students will develop a solid working knowledge of the elements and principles of their discipline in order to create a close collaborative working environment. In addition to the design and collaboration classes, the curriculum includes the study of dramaturgy, literature and theatre history. Upon successful completion of the program, a UH graduate will be exceptionally well suited and qualified for a career in the theatre and the related entertainment industry.

For further information, please view http://www.uh.edu/cota/theatre-and-dance/theatre/graduate/.

Admission Requirements

Full details on applying for graduate study at the University of Houston including the Graduate School application can be found at www.uh.edu/graduate-school/admissions/how-to-apply/. International applicants have additional documentation and English language proficiency requirements.

In addition to completing the Graduate School application, students must undergo assessment/audition by MFA faculty in their area and also apply to the McGovern College of the Arts. The online College application can be found at https://app.getacceptd.com/houston



Degree Requirements

MFA in Theatre - Technical Direction Track - 54 semester hours

MFA in Theatre - Acting Track - 45 semester hours

First Term (12.0 Credit Hours)

  • Acting -Personalization
  • Voice 1
  • Speech 1
  • Movement
  • Dramaturgy
  • Ensemble Training: Suzuki and Viewpoints  

Second Term (12.0 Credit Hours)

  • Acting II -Action/Objective and Characterization
  • Voice II
  • Speech II
  • Movement II
  • Dramatic Theory & Criticism
  • Ensemble Training: Suzuki and Viewpoints

Third Term (9.0 Credit Hours)

  • Acting III -Shakespeare
  • Voice/Speech III
  • Movement III
  • Ensemble Training: Suzuki and Viewpoints

Fourth Term (12.0 Credit Hours)

  • Acting IV -Greek/Ritual Theatre and Comedy
  • Voice/Speech IV
  • Movement IV
  • Ensemble Training: Suzuki and Viewpoints
  • Creative Project 

MFA in Theatre - Costume Technology Track - 54 semester hours

MFA in Theatre - Design Track

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