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The USC School of Dramatic Arts MFA in Acting is a progressive three-year course of study that fuses two strands of actor-training: the classical conservatory-style that attunes the voice, body and the intellect to the demands of text and performance; and an innovative physical approach that draws upon the work of artists of the past 50 years.

Working with a faculty of accomplished professionals with extensive experience in theatre, film and television, the program enjoys a close-knit, intimate scale that fosters individual attention. Students develop their craft and their vision as artists, and also gain the knowledge, skills, flexibility, experience and confidence to work in any medium, form or technology. We nurture artists who do not merely adapt to changes in technology or the ‘industry,’ but will lead, create and innovate.

While the curriculum and faculty honor the uniqueness of every person, the program envisions a self-motivated, collaborative and flexible actor working with purpose to make choices based on their personal imagery, and having the craft to execute those choices with clear and decisive actions.

In the spring of the third year, industry showcases are currently being held in Los Angeles for casting directors, agents and managers. Recent alumni of this program have been featured in major motion pictures; television series on HBO, NBC, ABC, CBS, TNT, FX and the CW; and in theatres across the United States, including Center Theatre Group, South Coast Rep, the Berkeley Rep, the Public, Classic Stage Company, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Denver Theatre Center, Dallas Theater Center, the Magic Theatre, and many others.

Our conservatory-style MFA program offers artists the opportunity to engage with other artistic students and develop a skill-set that extends their curiosity and challenges their imagination in a supportive environment.

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The four-year MFA Acting Program provides intensive training in movement, voice, the Alexander Technique, and other core aspects of the craft, allowing students to develop a comprehensive, embodied understanding of the actor’s work and to apply that understanding to a diverse dramatic repertoire in rehearsal and production.

The outline below shows the required distribution of credits by year for the four-year Master of Fine Arts degree program in Drama.

The MFA in Acting program is tuition-free for all four years of study, beginning with the 2024-25 academic year. The fourth and final year of the program also includes a living stipend.

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The Master of Fine Arts in Acting at the University of Connecticut is an intensive, conservatory-style program designed to prepare students already possessing significant actor training for direct entry into performance careers in all areas of professional theatre, including television and film. Master of Fine Arts level. Combining a three-year sequence of acting classes with extensive voice and movement training and a well-rounded course of studies in the art of theatre, the MFA Acting Program also offers outstanding performance opportunities through the Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT), the performance wing of the Department of Dramatic Arts. At the CRT, graduate students constitute a major part of the acting company and work with professional actors and directors on the way to earning membership points in Actor's Equity Association (AEA), the American union for professional stage actors and stage managers in the United States. The vast majority of our MFA candidates are "Equity eligible" by the time they complete the program.

Course of Study

MFA Acting students take formal acting-studio courses in each of their six semesters in the program. Beginning with a careful examination of the tools available to the actor in rehearsal and performance, we lead students through a variety of acting styles. Suzuki training techniques are offered each semester during the course of study and provide a base of physical and vocal training. In a disciplined conservatory setting, acting students work on a wide range of plays, from the contemporary and modern theatre before progressing to more advanced work with Shakespeare and other poetic dramatists. In the final year, the performance study focuses on styles of comic acting as well as techniques for approaching the great experimental plays of the twentieth century. Acting for the Media is also a recommended course for MFA Acting students. These core-acting courses are supplemented and enhanced by required courses in Movement for the Actor, Voice and Diction, Stage Dialects, Jazz Dance, and Historical Dance Styles. Finally, courses in Musical Theatre Dance and Stage Combat are available and highly recommended as are Singing courses through the UConn Music Department. MFA Acting students also are required to take some coursework in Theatre History and Dramatic Literature. A wide range of courses to fulfill this requirement is available within the department, and additional non-required courses in Dramatic Literature are available from the Department of English.


The following is a partial list of the actual dramatic arts courses you will take in order to complete your MFA in Acting.

Fall Semester

  • DRAM 5001    Breath and Vocal Expression for the Actor
  • DRAM 5701    Core Tools and Explorations for the Professional Actor ( Shakespeare Project)
  • DRAM 5801    Exploration of the Actor’s Physical Instrument
  • DRAM 5131    Studies in Theatre History and Dramatic Literature
  • DRAM 5197    TBA

Spring Semester

  • DRAM 5002    Developing Vocal Range and Intelligibility for Text and Emotional Content
  • DRAM 5702    Studies in Realism and Characterization
  • DRAM 5802    Physical Conditioning and Techniques of Character (Biomechanics Intensive)
  • Casting in Productions at Connecticut Repertory Theatre

Second Year

  • DRAM 5003    Heightened Language-Shakespeare Text
  • DRAM 5703    Acting Shakespeare and the Folio’s Guide for the Actor
  • DRAM 5803    Commedia dell Arte and Theatrical Style in the Dramatic Space
  • DRAM 5721    Stage Violence: Unarmed
  • DRAM 5197    Gymnastics and Circus Skills

Spring Semester

  • DRAM 5004    Integrating Vocal Tools for the Actor
  • DRAM 5704    Acting Styles: Comedy
  • DRAM 5804    Expressive Mask and Physical Storytelling
  • DRAM 5721    Stage Violence: Armed
  • DRAM 5192    Singing Voice
  • DRAM 5005    Integrating Vocal Tools for the Actor
  • DRAM 5705    Acting Styles: Contemporary Texts, Stage, and Film
  • DRAM 5805    Movement Styles and Clown including Advanced Biomechanics
  • DRAM 5192     Singing Voice: Individual and Chorus
  • DRAM 5006    Vocal Resources for the Professional Actor
  • DRAM 5706    Actor Preparation for the Profession
  • DRAM 5806    Physical Theatre Creation
  • DRAM 5700    Acting for the Camera
  • Casting in Productions at Connecticut Repertory Theatre & NYC Showcase

Additional requirements and/or electives in Dramatic Arts or other departments as required to total a minimum of 60 graduate credits.



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"I'm thrilled to be working alongside a faculty of master teachers and accomplished professional artists, and with a cohort of courageous and dedicated students. The training is grounded in tradition and deep practice, and yet pointed toward the unknown, the undiscovered, and the impossible. We graduate actors who are ready to work, and poised to shape the future of theatrical storytelling." - Jeffrey Fracé , Head of Acting

The UW Professional Actor Training Program (PATP) is a renowned three-year MFA program that has produced dynamic artists and creative leaders for over forty years. The vision for our program includes an emphasis on contemporary performance and generative work built upon the program's longstanding foundations in technical craft. Performers in our cohort will investigate the rapidly evolving role of acting, theatre, and the performing arts in a changing arts field and the larger world. What does it take to be an art-maker in the 21st century? How do actors instigate and embody critical questions for contemporary audiences? This program leads to a Master of Fine Arts in Acting, and prepares actors to embrace their potential as creative originators and collaborators, navigate their role as industry entrepreneurs, and hone their skills as critical thinkers and agents of change within their communities.

The faculty is composed of successful theatre professionals who pursue research that moves the field of theatre forward, and who teach at the highest level. We center our training in theatre, from the premise that such foundations provide a model for understanding and exploring other media as well. Actors will receive rigorous training and practice in movement and vocal techniques, explore analysis of scripts and storytelling structures, and work within studios exploring a variety of approaches, from the traditional to the experimental, including but not limited to Stanislavski, Suzuki Method, Viewpoints, Linklater, Archetypes, and Alexander Technique. Devising and project-based learning will form an important part of our new pedagogy, as we believe in the actor’s voice, agency, and power in the creative process. We also teach our actors how to teach, as we believe that the most successful artistic practice involves learning, doing, and teaching, all feeding one another.

Above all, the PATP strives to inspire life-long exploration and inquiry into the creative spirit that informs the actor’s work.

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The training day is from 9:30am to 5:30pm, often followed by evening and weekend rehearsals and performances. Our program is structured to immerse students in an ecosystem of craft and creativity, informed by the professional and research experiences of the faculty. While sharing certain features of an acting conservatory, in that there are classes in the fundamentals of stage craft, text analysis, voice, speech, and movement, we center theatrical research and creation, aiming to lead the field of live performance in new directions that better express our shared humanity and build the kind of communities we want to live in. Accordingly, students are exposed to collaborative and interdisciplinary practices for creating original work, and mentored through the creation of new solo and ensemble projects. 

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During their course of study, each student appears in at least six productions, two self-generated solo shows, and extensive scene and technique classes. While centering our training in theatre, we also provide our students with screen-acting opportunities and audition coaching. We also provide business and career coaching for the independent generative artist, such as crafting vision statements, grant writing, personal finance, and project budgeting. The third year of the program focuses on preparation for the professional industry as well as deepening investigations into the unique interests of each student.

Prominent artists in the fields of theatre, film, and interdisciplinary new media often lecture and lead workshops with our students. PATP students receive a great deal of individual mentoring and meet for feedback with the entire acting faculty at the end of each quarter.

Our acting training emphasizes physical approaches to the craft of acting. Techniques include but are not limited to Alexander Technique, Suzuki Method, Viewpoints, Michael Chekhov, and Contact Improvisation. We view speaking as a physical act as well, approaching vocal work with active and embodied techniques such as Linklater, Roy Hart, and Suzuki; we also offer two quarters of singing as a pathway to greater vocal expressiveness and enlivening the connection between presence, breath, and intention. The legacy of Stanislavski endures in the American theater, and we believe it’s valuable for actors to understand the evolution of his technique and applicability of his later work on Physical Actions. That said, we resist boilerplate acting theory – there is no one way to act – but we do work individually with each student to help them discover and refine their approach to bringing their utmost to their performances.

MFA actors appear in at least six productions during their time in the School of Drama. Productions cover a wide breadth of period, genre, and style, in order to offer our students the maximum number of opportunities to practice the skills they are gaining in their training. Productions may be from old or new plays, or they may be devised. Some are directed by the MFA directing students, some by faculty members, and some by outside professional artists.

All MFA actors during their time in the program will teach three or more quarters of undergraduate acting. “Nothing teaches like teaching,” and we remain committed to deepening the actors’ understanding of their craft by mentoring them as they learn to teach their craft. In addition to coursework in pedagogic principles, MFA actors act as teaching assistants to senior faculty members, eventually developing their own courses and running their own acting studios while in the program.

Seattle is a vibrant arts city, with numerous professional theatres and presenters showcasing everything from Broadway tours to cutting edge local as well as international performance. The UW School of Drama is connected to all of these organizations including Seattle Rep, ACT Theatre, On the Boards, Base Experimental Arts, Seattle Theatre Group, 5th Avenue Theatre, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Theatre, Book-It Repertory, Intiman Theatre, and Café Nordo. Independent cinema thrives here, anchored by the Seattle International Film Festival and Northwest Film Forum. Seattle also has a strong visual arts scene, with several gallery districts and multiple world-class museums. And then there’s the music scene, made famous by grunge and sustained by every imaginable genre in venues too numerous to count. Artists often refer to Seattle as an incubator city, a little apart from the spotlight of Los Angeles or New York, where no idea is too crazy to try out and where an adventurous and supportive community encourage each other to take risks and “fail better.”

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If you are a passionate, hard-working actor, whatever your background and personal circumstances, who wants to have, not just a career, but a life as an artist - in the theater, in film, in TV, in emerging theatrical media, in fact, wherever an embodiment of what it’s like to be human is needed—then we are looking for you.

We’re looking for people whose artistic ambitions lie beyond themselves, who enjoy or imagine they’ll enjoy being part of a company. The training here is an exhilarating mix of the monastic and the outgoing. You engage with New York City in all its diversity, both passively and actively. You study minutely and are studied minutely in all those aspects that make up the total actor: sense of selfhood and sense of the other, technique and imagination, discipline and freedom. 

Over fifty years, Grad Acting has consistently defined and refined a unique training program, one which the industry has recognized as being on the highest level. As you’ll discover as you explore further on this site, here at NYU, you will belong to a cohort of your peers—all MFA students—in classes and in numerous productions every year, chosen precisely to accommodate and feature the talents of each one of you, directed by respected professionals in the field. And we offer an exclusive hands-on collaboration with NYU’s world-class Graduate Film Program. Your career begins here, in the heart of this vibrant city, and at the center of the respected Tisch School of the Arts, where the lifeblood of the theater, film, and television industries flows through on a daily basis. It is our privilege—and our mission—to provide these opportunities for you.

We won’t teach you how to act. But we will help you to develop, to expand what you know you already have and, crucially, what you don’t know you already have.

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The 25 best drama schools for an acting degree, ranked.

For its annual list of top drama MFA programs, The Hollywood Reporter canvassed alums, instructors and top theater and Hollywood pros.

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The 25 Best Drama Schools Acting Degree, Ranked

There are a lot of new deans and directors on drama school campuses this year (including one with a role in  Ocean's 8 ). As a new generation of instructors takes over MFA programs across the country, new courses are also being introduced to train the next generation of actors in innovative ways (one university recently brought in Anna Faris to teach podcasting; another added a class where students act opposite an artificial intelligence machine).

To keep tabs on the latest dramas at the best programs,  THR  has again consulted with academics, industry professionals, alumni and other experts for its ranking of the top 25 schools that take acting to a higher degree.

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If you saw  Black Panther  — and a good chunk of the world did — then you're familiar with the work of two recent grads: Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke (class of 2012 and 2014, respectively). You've probably also heard of some of the school's more seasoned alums, including Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, Angela Bassett and Frances McDormand (who picked up yet another acting Oscar for the school this year). Yale has always attracted the very best teachers — and the very best young talent, which is why it once again tops this list.

There's a new drama queen on campus — longtime Yale professor and Obie-winning stage director Evan Yionoulis takes over the program in July — but the mission remains the same: to be the premier acting school in the nation (or at least south of New Haven). The MFA program is only 6 years old, but Juilliard has been churning out superstars for 50 years, from Robin Williams to Viola Davis to Jessica Chastain.

NYU Tisch School of the Arts

Unlike NYU's sprawling undergrad program, the MFA track accepts just 16 students a year. A full half-semester curriculum is now dedicated to working with NYU's legendary graduate film program. The downside: Tuition is a hefty $60,000 a year, and that doesn't include the cost of living in New York. Still, it may be worth it: Two very recent grads — Jin Ha (class of '16) and Carvens Lissaint ('17) — already have appeared in  Hamilton .

UC San Diego

It's a big year for actor Richard Robichaux . Not only does he take over as head of the acting program in the fall, but he also has a part this summer in  Ocean's 8 . Thanks to its association with the La Jolla Playhouse — where scores of Tony-winning hits have been born — this school continues to produce super-successful alumni, like Angela Reed, who's starring in  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child  on Broadway.

Top 25 Schools 2018: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

A scone's throw from the University of London, this iconic conservatory has produced some of the most legendary actors of all time, including John Gielgud, Peter O'Toole, Anthony Hopkins and Ian Holm. Four of this year's Tony nominees — Mark Rylance, Jamie Parker, Glenda Jackson and Diana Rigg — are grads.

Brown University

Angela Brazil, a longtime actor and director with the school's Trinity Repertory Company, recently took over as director of this program, which accepts 14 to 16 actors per class and splits each of its three years into different themes: realism, verse and style. Best of all, Brown recently became the only Ivy League drama school to offer full tuition for the acting and directing MFA programs.

University of North Carolina

Its affiliation with PlayMakers Rep, a professional theater in residence consistently named among the country's best regional stages (actor/folk music great Loudon Wainwright III and  Orange Is the New Black 's Annie Golden are company members) make this program an attractive one for students hoping to enter the workforce with a guaranteed Actors' Equity card. Recent graduate Myles Bullock (class of '17) has appeared on CBS'  S.W.A.T. , while Benjamin Curns (also '17) guest-starred on  Quantico .

UCLA offers a course in which students act with an artificial intelligence machine (for when Skynet takes over Broadway). The more traditional-minded can take a class in Ancient Greek Choral Speaking, land a part in one of the prestigious film school's productions or learn to sew from designer in residence Mark Bridges ( Phantom Thread ). Mariska Hargitay and George Takei are alumni.

London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art

In England, an acting school doesn't achieve "institution" status until well into its second century — and LAMDA, the oldest school in the U.K., turns 157 this year. Unlike its U.S. counterparts, LAMDA's students (who include such stars as Benedict Cumberbatch to Chiwetel Ejiofor) earn their degrees in just two years.

The National Institute of Dramatic Art

The renowned acting school Down Under has produced scads of global superstars — Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette — and students regularly land roles in visiting Hollywood productions. Last year, alumna Judy Davis directed students in a play, and George Miller and Margot Robbie stopped by to advise students.

The Old Globe and University of San Diego

Just seven students are chosen each year (their tuition is covered) and are immersed in a comprehensive acting curriculum, which is then put to practical use in multiple productions; students also have the opportunity to perform at a summer Shakespeare festival.  The Big Bang Theory  star Jim Parsons, currently starring in a Broadway revival of  The Boys in the Band , is an alumnus.

Columbia University

Applications have doubled since last year, when this Ivy League school was dead last on  THR 's list; so has financial aid. A new theater, built by Academy Museum designer Renzo Piano, opened in September, continuing Columbia's expansion into North Harlem. And the emphasis of the program has shifted more from theory to practice. Things are looking up.

USC School of Dramatic Arts

This nimble program located in the heart of the entertainment industry is always evolving. Last year, Anna Faris taught a podcast class. Joining the faculty in 2017 was  Scandal 's Kate Burton, who teaches acting. The school's ties to George Lucas (who donated $175 million for an expansion in 2006) lead to visits from the likes of Mark Hamill, who recently popped by to share some Jedi mind tricks for actors.

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Although not quite as prestigious as RADA or LAMDA, it's the U.K.'s biggest, most diverse acting school, with 900 students from 70 countries. Among the Brits who've passed through its Barbican Center-adjacent campus: Daniel Craig, Jude Law, Orlando Bloom, Ewan McGregor, Lily James and Damian Lewis.

"It's controversial, always has been," says a veteran acting teacher of this program, which leans into the more experimental end of the drama school spectrum. But a disrupter education might be just what the profession calls for when companies like Netflix are upending conventions. Plus,  Saturday Night Live 's Cecily Strong and  GLOW 's Alison Brie both attended.

University of Tennessee

Jed Diamond, an experienced New York stage actor, has put this program on the map. The entire class of eight students gets a free three-year education and roles at the Clarence Brown Theatre. Recent grads include Tramell Tillman, who just landed a part in AMC's upcoming  Dietland .

University of Washington

The most illustrious actor incubator in the Pacific Northwest has an impressive track record on the national stage: Joel McHale graduated from the program in 2000. The following year, so did Ron Simons — who went on to win three Tonys.

Case Western Reserve University

Getting into Case Western is a little like hitting the acting school lottery. If you're one of the eight accepted students out of 800 applicants, you get a full three-year tuition waiver, a generous annual living stipend and expe­rience at the Cleveland Play House.  Mad Men 's Rich Sommer is an alumnus.

Southern Methodist University

The late, great James Houghton — former director of Juilliard's drama division who died of stomach cancer in 2016 at age 57 — earned his MFA here. The three-year program is affiliated with the Tony-winning Dallas Theater Center.

This conservatory-style program, just an hour's drive from L.A., puts plenty of emphasis on on-camera acting. Recent grads include Beth Malone (who's joining the cast of  Angels   in America  on Broadway) and Quinn VanAntwerp (also on Broadway in  The Play That Goes Wrong ).

Savannah College of Art and Design

At the only school on this list with its own in-house casting office — which comes in handy for Hollywood productions shooting in Georgia — many students start collecting IMDb credits even before graduating. Alumni include DeRon Horton and Briana Weiss.

American Conservatory Theater

This 53-year-old Bay Area school gets a new dean this summer: Tony-winning stage director Pam MacKinnon takes over from Carey Perloff, who stepped down after 25 years on the job. But MacKinnon is unlikely to change what's been a winning formula of basic training by a strong faculty of working-artist teachers (this year, voice coach extraordinaire Christine Adaire joins the faculty). Alumni include Elizabeth Banks, Annette Bening, Benjamin Bratt and Denzel Washington.

Rutgers University

Yes, it's in New Jersey — there's nothing anybody can do about that — but a performance center is being built in New Brunswick that will open up two theater spaces in 2019. In 2020, the school will add a BFA in musical theater to its roster of degrees. Some recent grads: Mike Colter (star of Netflix's  Luke Cage  series) and Sebastian Stan ( Avengers: Infinity War ).

Depaul University

Located in the heart of Chicago's theater scene, DePaul picks 10 students a year for annual scholarships of between $14,000 and $17,000. Recent grads include  Westworld 's Olga Aguilar.

Florida State University

A three-year program offering a reasonably solid acting foundation, a full-ride scholarship and a professional work environment at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. Oscar-winning  Moonlight  director Barry Jenkins graduated in 2003.

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The MFA Acting Program is designed for advanced actors who are adventurous, imaginative, and highly motivated. The training prepares students for the demands of a professional acting career across traditional and emerging performance arenas. The curriculum focuses on all facets of the actor’s art and technique, questioning commonly held traditions and assumptions while exploring new possibilities.

Rigorous classes in acting, voice, speech, movement, and theatrical production are augmented by a wide range of performance and production experiences—each tailored to the individual needs of the student. The curriculum is structured progressively, beginning with particularly strong emphasis on movement and physical expression as a means to unlock the imagination. The second year focuses on classical world texts, on-camera technique, and advanced scene study. The final year is balanced between the deepening of the actor’s craft and creative agency, together with the practical preparation for a performance career.

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During the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Acting for Film Degree program, students build mastery and expertise in the craft of acting through technical, emotional, and physical coursework and projects. Throughout their studies, students master advanced techniques and challenge their range through the rigorous curriculum, moving beyond their comfort zone and developing advanced skills in audition and performance.

In addition to a number of projects they may add to their reel, students also write, produce, act in their own thesis capstone film. The MFA in the Acting for Film program is a great fit for actors with previous training and experience looking to advance their skills in front of the camera, and gain more knowledge in the craft.

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The MFA Acting for Film curriculum includes:

  • Advanced study in the principles of acting techniques through scene work and instruction in a variety of techniques including Meisner, Hagen and Adler
  • Instruction and critique by award-winning faculty and staff who actively work in the film and television industry
  • Ample opportunities to act in short films or scenes on peer films for additional contribution to reels
  • Access to professional-grade video, sound, and light equipment from our extensive collection
  • The opportunity to work, collborate, and network with student Filmmakers, Screenwriters, and Producers

To learn more about the MFA program, refer to NYFA’s Course Catalog or request more information.

If you are a non-native English-speaking student who meets all admissions requirements for a NYFA degree program, except for English proficiency , apply to our International Pathway Program !

Degree Details

The MFA in Acting for Film at NYFA is an accredited, accelerated full-time, five-semester program. NYFA makes the accelerated 20-month schedule possible by creating an extended academic year, allowing students to complete all five semesters in under two years.

Admission Requirements

To audition for the degree or one and two year programs at NYFA, prospective students must submit an application, as well as two recorded contrasting contemporary monologues. To learn more, visit our Audition Requirements page.

Students enrolled in the Acting for Film MFA program complete an array of additional projects, such as a voiceover demo reel and an original final thesis film. In the thesis, students write, produce, and act in their own unique film. Students also participate in the Industry Showcase. To learn more about the projects that Acting for Film MFA candidates complete, visit our projects page .

History and Theory Courses

This hands-on MFA curriculum is supported by History and Theory Courses such as Film History, Critical Writing, and examination of the great screenplays.

To learn more, visit NYFA’s History and Theory Courses page.

The Acting for Film MFA is available in Los Angeles and South Beach. MFA Acting for Film students may also have the opportunity to complete their degree at more than one domestic NYFA campus – Los Angeles and South Beach, Miami. This option allows students to continue their MFA degree program in another prominent city for film, media, and entertainment. Please note that limitations apply (i.e. transfers will only be allowed at certain points within the program) and all campus transfers must be approved by the department chair and between US-based campuses. For more information, please visit our cross campus study page.

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Please note: Equipment, curriculum, and projects are subject to change and may vary depending on location. Students should consult the most recently published campus catalog for the most up-to-date curriculum.

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 Reasons to Study in the Case/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program:

  • Our MFA program has been ranked as one of the best such acting programs in the world by The Hollywood Reporter for the fifth year in a row. This year, the program ranks 15th .
  • Our MFA theater program accepts eight out of  about 1000  applicants each year, awarding them a full three-year tuition waiver, a generous annual living stipend and invaluable experience at  Tony Award-winning  Cleveland Play House.
  • We’re regularly ranked among the top 25 drama programs in the world , according to The Hollywood Reporter .
  • Our three-year Master of Fine Arts program housed at Cleveland Play House (CPH) includes mainstage and understudy experience and ensemble performances in the Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre housed in PlayhouseSquare (The Helen).
  • Two years of rigorous conservatory training including Acting, Voice, Speech, Movement, Period Styles, and Stage Combat taught by members of the CWRU theater faculty, resident artists of Cleveland Play House and exciting guest artists.
  • A third-year residency at CPH performing and understudying in the mainstage season. Classes continue in Acting for the Camera, Audition Technique, and Professional Development.
  • A New York City Showcase before an audience of agents , managers and casting directors.
  • Membership in Actors’ Equity Association upon successful completion of the program.
  • Members in Actors’ Equity Association upon successful completion of the program.
  • An excellent financial package which includes a tuition waiver and a competitive stipend for all three years.

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The collaborative MFA Professional Actor Training Program between Cleveland Play House and Case Western Reserve University is a three-year program which is housed in the Play House complex. This intimate program is designed to train a theater artist capable of performing skillfully in a variety of roles from contemporary to classical genres, and to provide both technical skills and an aesthetic sensibility for a successful career in the professional theater.

Throughout the three years of training, the acting, voice, speech, and movement teachers work in concert to assess the individual student’s progress, and integrate the various disciplines in ways that will create maximum flexibility, freedom of expression, and dynamic range, all geared toward instilling the skills, discipline and an aesthetic of craft which will produce a distinctive and effective actor able to encompass the full range of professional demands.

These objectives are pursued in an environment that integrates the educational, artistic and professional resources of one of the oldest academic theater programs in the United States (Case Western Reserve University) and the nation’s first regional theater (Cleveland Play House).

The program accepts a class of eight actors every other year. These students will spend each year of their study in classes at the Cleveland Play House. The small class size, and the fact that students are accepted only every two years, allows the program the flexibility to tailor curriculum and performance experiences to suit the specific training needs of each class and individual student.

Course of Study

In the first year of study , students are immersed in intense and rigorous classes in Acting (Contemporary Techniques), Movement, Voice, Speech (Stage Speech/IPA), and Text Analysis culminating in an end of year performance in the Helen Theatre at CPH.   The apprenticeship with CPH begins this year with classes/workshops with resident and visiting artists, introductions to all incoming casts, directors and designers, and Company status at all CPH functions.

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The second year  students continue their intensive training and perform in two fully mounted productions in the Helen Theatre.  Coursework continues in Acting (Chekhov & Ibsen – The Modernists, and Shakespeare/Heightened Language Texts), Voice, Speech (Dialects & Classical Text), and Movement. At this time their involvement with CPH expands with possible participation in CPH’s New Ground Theatre Festival.

The third year  MFA students perform in their fourth production at the Helen, and appear as cast in the season at CPH. Depending on the extent of mainstage opportunities, other performances are developed, such as workshop productions and/or fully staged repertory presentations. At the end of the third year of the program, MFA candidates present a showcase audition for producers, agents and casting directors in New York City.

Upon successful completion of the program, the student is awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting, along with the opportunity to join Actors’ Equity Association, either through accumulation of weeks through the Equity Membership Candidate program, or through assignment of an AEA contracted role.

The Academic Structure

  • Three years of intensive conservatory and academic graduate course work beyond the bachelor’s degree
  • Performance in the graduate ensemble productions and Cleveland Play House season as assigned
  • Departmental assessment of student progress on a semester-to-semester basis

Thesis Portfolios

  • The Portfolio will consist of detailed, articulate account of the actor’s rehearsal process and related preparation for the performance of at least three roles created during their MFA course of study.
  • Content of the portfolio will include a narrative outlining the synthesis of craft and class work with research directly relevant to the creation and performance of the role, and how this synthesis affected the actor’s choices in rehearsal and performance. The portfolio will include a minimum of three roles, two of which must be “major” roles.
  • Each year, once roles in the theater’s production season have been assigned, MFA acting students will meet with their advisors to determine roles which might be included in the thesis portfolio.
  • In the final semester of the third year, the Thesis Portfolio is turned in to the students’ Faculty Advisor in a timely manner. Satisfactory completion of the portfolio and the third-year internship are among the requirements for the awarding of the MFA degree.

In 1996, Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Play House joined forces to create a new Master of Fine Arts program in acting. The students begin their involvement with the Play House in their first semester, and their level of involvement steadily increases until, in the third year, they become professional interns at the Cleveland Play House.

The MFA in acting is a terminal pre-professional degree. Candidacy for the program requires an undergraduate degree with (ideally) a major in theater, equivalent training and experience, or demonstrable potential for work at the MFA level. In addition, candidates must provide evidence of technical skill and creative ability.

At the end of each semester in residence, the student’s skill and creative ability are evaluated in light of his or her work in the department. Only students who have clearly demonstrated growth and excellence are permitted to remain in the program. The award of the MFA degree is contingent upon the student’s academic progress and upon the assessment on the part of the faculty that the candidate possesses the potential to work in the field of theater on a professional level.

Requirements for the MFA degree include:

  • A minimum of 82 semester hours of graduate work beyond the bachelor’s degree
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for all course work on the graduate level
  • Completion of the requirements for the MFA Thesis Portfolio
  • Successful completion of the Third Year Internship at The Cleveland Play House

Course requirements and credit hours for the MFA in acting are as follows:

Audition Procedure for MFA Class Entering in the Fall of 2025 (next class accepted Fall 2025).

We begin accepting applications on September 1, 2024 for auditions in December 2024 – February of 2025. These auditions are for the class entering in the Fall of 2025.

We ask you to visit HERE in order to upload application materials.

We require:

  • Letter of intent (describing why CWRU/CPH’s program interest you) and what your objectives are in training.
  • Two letters of recommendation from former directors and/or theater teachers.
  • Headshot and resume.
  • A complete application form.

Department Contacts- For information, you can contact

Donald Carrier, Director, CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program, Phone: 216-400-7019, E-mail: [email protected]

The Audition

We ask you to prepare two contrasting pieces (one Modern, one Shakespearean Verse) with a combined time of no more than four minutes in length.

Please go to our application page HERE   for all pertinent information.

— There is no audition fee —

Financial Aid

The Case Western Reserve-Cleveland Play House MFA in Acting Program provides each graduate student with complete financial support. The yearly financial package consists of a full tuition waiver and a competitive stipend (spread over the 9 months of study) for 3 years.


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Our professional acting training program includes a flexible model and curriculum, allowing for ensemble building, individual attention, and mentorship. Our goal is to build on strengths and broaden approaches to craft by using our classrooms, rehearsal halls, and theaters as places to risk, process and reinvent.

The tuition-free, three-year graduate acting program leads to a terminal professional degree in theatre performance. Graduate actors meet daily in four-hour sessions with our professionally active faculty and guest artists including acting, movement, voice and speech. Students spend three years in residence, in approximately 12 hours of class each semester. MFA actors will also have the opportunity to teach and co-teach classes at the undergraduate level, working closely with theatre faculty on pedagogy, planning,  and classroom practices. At the conclusion of each semester, faculty instructors provide comprehensive individual evaluations of each student’s progress.

MFA actors will also have opportunities to audition and form relationships with casting directors, directors, playwrights and theatre leaders from companies across the country. Recent audition guests have included NYC casting directors Rob Decina (CBS) and Pat McCorkle, and representatives from Steppenwolf, The Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Milwaukee Rep, American Players Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Montana Shakespeare Festival, St. Louis Shakespeare, and others. Guest artists have included playwrights Luis Alfaro, Nancy García Loza, Kristen Joy Bjorge, and José Rivera. Directors have included Chuck Smith, Kimberly Senior, Barbara Pitts McAdams, Myeongsik Jason Jang, and Madeline Sayet. Actors Crystal Dickson, Brandon Dirden, Rainn Wilson, Rutina Wesley, Behzad Dabu, and Lindsay Smiling have also taught our graduate actors.

Illinois Theatre will next audition nationally in Spring 2025 for our next cohort, consisting of 10 MFA Actors. Actors accepted will begin the program in August 2025.


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We will also schedule individual on-campus auditions at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. IN THE FALL OF 2024: INFORMATION TO BE UPDATED IN SPRING OF 2024 about scheduling an on-campus audition or University of Illinois-only independent audition in New York, Chicago, or San Francisco.

Prospective students are strongly urged to apply to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign prior to their audition.

The three-year graduate acting program leads to a terminal professional degree in theatre performance. Graduate actors meet daily in four-hour sessions including acting, movement (including stage combat), voice and speech.

Assistantship Information

The Department of Theatre sets aside Graduate Assistantships for MFA Acting students each year. In the current academic year, graduate assistants received a total financial package of at least $23,975 for a level 1, ¼ -time assistantship. This package includes a full tuition waiver (up to the 60 credits required) as well as the following benefits:

  • Tuition Waiver
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance
  • Annual Stipend of $9,500 – $12,500
  • Multiple Grant/Fellowship opportunities

Students recruited with assistantships may expect three years of support so long as they make satisfactory progress in their studies.

MFA Curriculum and Performances

During their time here, MFA acting students will work with texts from the full scope of dramatic literature, with an emphasis on re-centering the canon. In addition to language-rich and contemporary works, actors will also be exposed to solo performance, devised theatre, contact improvisation, clowning, and stage combat. Research and study accompany performance in order to stimulate fresh interpretations and a thorough understanding of each play, period, and style.  Electives may be taken in theatre history, dramatic literature, playwriting, and directing. Performance opportunities occur in productions of the Department of Theatre on the stages of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and the Armory Theatre, our student produced black box space. Graduate actors will also have the option to appear in a showcase for industry professionals at the end of their 3rd year.

MFA Acting classes meet Monday through Friday afternoons. Each semester includes physical and vocal preparation, acting scene work, skill development in voice, speech, and movement. Students immerse themselves in work on heightened language texts, contemporary plays, and stylistic challenges. Emotional connection and effective communication are central to the development of voice and speech skills. Movement training includes a layered approach exploring mask work, clowning, stage combat, and the development of effective practice for dynamic performance.

Acting Courses

Acting students receive credit for performances in the productions of the Department of Theatre and are encouraged to seek summer acting work beyond the campus to support their classroom learning. MFA actors have been hired to work at The Alliance Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, St. Louis Shakespeare, American Players Theatre, Utah Shakespearean Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Montana Shakespeare Festival, Arkansas Shakespeare Festival, Theatre at Monmouth, and Chautauqua Theatre Company.


Exercises and scene work focus on identifying and strengthening aspects of acting practice including the building of a creative ensemble.

Solo Performance

Actors write and perform an original solo performance piece.

Acting in Realism

Actors work on approaches to characterization drawn from realistic plays of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.

Acting In Heightened Language and Shakespeare

Students explore the texts of Shakespeare and contemporaries from the global majority with attention to language and verse, character and action, passion and size.

Acting for the Camera

Techniques of acting in commercials, TV Film and modern media.

Voice and Speech

Based in the Linklater Voice method, classes focus on relaxation, breathing, resonance, range and articulation as well the integration of the voice and the imagination with the text. Students also explore phonetics, heightened texts, dialects and voice-over techniques for audiobooks and animation.

Students engage in intensive work every week to deepen their physical awareness, embodiment, and articulation. The actor’s facility is expanded, enabling inspiration and affectability. Skills and systems include the Alexander Technique, Viewpoints, and mask-work, as well as extensive training in Stage Combat leading to the certification test with the Society of American Fight Directors.

MFA Acting students select at least one class in Theatre History and/or Dramatic Literature.  Courses vary from semester to semester and include subjects in World Theatre, Musical Theatre and Opera, Classical Drama, Shakespeare, African-American Theatre, Latinx Dramatists, and Asian-American Theatre.

Elective Courses

The Department of Theatre offers courses in Playwriting, Directing, Dramaturgy and Arts Management.  Many other courses are offered from departments beyond the Department of Theatre.

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The MFA in Acting at Northwestern University is an immersive, comprehensive, and collaborative program designed to equip students with the tools and support necessary for success in professional theatre.

This fully funded two-year program focuses on intense and concentrated immersion in both the contemporary and classical canon with a keen eye on parity in representation. Candidates emerge prepared for the rigors and demands of a rapidly evolving creative economy.

Located in our brand-new facilities in Abbott Hall on Northwestern’s downtown Chicago campus, the MFA in Acting is built upon the study of text analysis, techniques for interpretation and rehearsal, movement, and voice and speech in concert with performance through production experience. We actively engage Chicago’s artistically diverse professional theatre community, one of the most vibrant centers for theatre-making in the world. We examine theatre as civic practice and the historical as well as current responsibility of the actor in society. The program offers an intensive and in-depth curriculum in acting, theatrical storytelling, and collaborative production practices while also giving students access to Northwestern’s liberal arts environment.

Mission Statement

Northwestern University offers a comprehensive and multi-faceted 2-year MFA program in the study of acting. Our faculty is eclectic by design — celebrating and reflecting a wide range of artistic training. We offer multiple entry points to the craft and concentrated immersion in a range of methodologies. Our mission is rooted in the belief that a multiplicity of vocabularies, experiences, practices, and cultures is vital to contemporary acting training. Intentionally located in downtown Chicago, the MFA Program at Northwestern is committed to reflecting and embracing our diverse, vibrant, and complex city. Launched in 2019, the MFA in Acting at Northwestern was envisioned and built as an actively anti-racist program for the joyful and rigorous investigation of both a personalized practice and the artist’s role in society.

Faculty mission statements:

  • ROGER ELLIS : Through experiential study of the body in motion, I lead students in an investigation of the multiplicity and depth of human experiences. My approach explores the relationship between autonomy, collaboration, and cultural context.
  • CRISTAL CHANELLE TRUSCOTT : I teach SoulWork, which allows students to bring the fullness of their identities to the study of acting — to experience the freedom and creative power of culturally-specific and culturally-aware artistic exploration, to engage text analysis and character building with social consciousness, and to rehearse and perform with emotional depth, spontaneity, and agility in individual and ensemble practice.
  • ANNA D. SHAPIRO : With a focus on Meisner-based text analysis, my engagement centers on creating a personalized technique that allows actors more access to their individual points of view, the ability to then interrogate that point of view, and finally, to translate that work into an inhabitable character whose liveness doesn’t interfere with repeatability.
  • HALENA KAYS : Through a maker’s point of view I focus on play, risk, physicality, and improvisation; I explore how silliness can make you a stronger artist and human.
  • SANDRA MARQUEZ : With the core objective of cultivating nuance, texture and the muscularity and delight of language, I teach voice and Stanislavski-based acting classes that focus on eliciting honesty and the power of stillness.
  • STAN BROWN : My objective is to help actors find and embrace their authentic voice, and to use it to bring out both the poetry and innate musicality of language. At the core of any vocal technique or method I offer is an abiding commitment to help students align with the present moment — the now, the most practical view of the road ahead.

Collaborative Graduate Curriculum

The MFA in Acting is part of an integrated curriculum suite that includes students from Northwestern’s Directing, Stage Design, and Writing for the Screen and Stage graduate programs. Courses are co-led by faculty and offer opportunities for a cohort of graduate students across the theatre disciplines to work together. Following a problem-solving framework, students develop innovative perspectives on canonical dramatic literature (such as in our Shakespeare Collaboration class) or launch the new works of in-house playwrighting students (such as in our New Play Studio class).

Performance Opportunities

Every year, there are three types of performance opportunities in the program – in the classroom, in collaboration with MFA directing students, and in the Mainstage summer season.

  • CLASSROOM : All coursework contains and requires in-class performance and “performance finals” on Share Day at the end of each quarter. This includes but is not limited to scene work, movement, monologues, and in-process generative assignments.
  • MFA DIRECTORS : In collaboration with the MFA Directors and Designers, there are three workshop productions and three fully-designed black box productions. For these productions, MFA Actors have the opportunity to bring classroom learning into a rehearsal process, to form strong collaborative relationships with their peers, and to mentor undergraduate actors who may also participate in these productions.
  • SUMMER SEASON : Summer features two Mainstage Productions directed by Northwestern faculty or professional guest directors. These productions showcase MFA actors and create the opportunity for a wide variety of roles and performance experiences on the Mainstage of the Wirtz Center in Evanston.

Note: Subject to space availability and faculty approval, students can request access to our rehearsal and performance spaces for the development of student-driven projects.

How We Cast

Rather than the competitive atmosphere of an audition room, all roles are assigned by faculty.  However, audition preparation and experience factors into our coursework in monologue and on-camera classes as well as work with guest directors.

Why We Cast This Way

We focus on flexible, color-brave, and inclusive casting within a multicultural environment. Through conversation with advisors, students will have the opportunity to self-identify. We listen deeply to each actor and offer explicit support in negotiating conversations surrounding casting and identity. We ensure that each student will be able to play at least one culturally-specific role during their time in the program.

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The Northern Illinois University Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts degree with an Emphasis in Acting provides individualized, challenging, and disciplined training in performance. Areas of concentration are acting techniques, voice and speech, movement, text analysis, period styles, on-camera work, auditioning, and professional development.  The MFA Acting Program provides a strong foundation for working in the performing arts industry and prepares actors for sustainability in the industry by not only developing acting talents but also creating space for the innovation, resiliency, and entrepreneurship required to make a life in art.

The focus of the Program is to cultivate the student actor’s understanding of themselves and human behavior to more fully enable them to work authentically and truthfully on stage, screen, and new media. To achieve this, the student actor develops their dramatic imagination, responsiveness and spontaneity, a sense of conversational reality, and a capacity for a full emotional life that can be expressed with meaning and clarity.

The Program consists of a progression of coursework and exercises based on the actor training methods of Sanford Meisner and Konstantin Stanislavski, reexamined through an anti-racist lens. The Movement pedagogies include the physical training of Loyd Williamson, the teachings of Michael Chekhov, Laban Efforts, Alexander Technique, Yoga, Period Style work, and complementary mind/body techniques. The Voice and Speech training is based in Fitzmaurice Voicework with excursions into the pedagogies of Kristin Linklater, Patsy Rodenberg, Paul Meier, and the Knight/Thompson Speechwork.

The Program expands beyond conventional graduate actor training to include courses in entrepreneurship, international theater, social justice, and content creation to prepare student actors for the challenges of the industry, as artists and as global citizens. While a majority of MFA courses will focus on Acting, students will also have the opportunity to take classes and masterclasses across various fields of expertise; allowing them to enter the field as well-rounded artists and creators. These additional components may include, and are not limited to: masterclasses in business, workshops in podcast and other digital media creation; various on-camera classes and projects; and courses in performance across cultures and international theater-making.

We as a faculty are committed to the work of anti-racism to create an equitable, inclusive, and diverse academic community. We seek to highlight BIPoC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) playwrights, plays, and guest artists in our production season and in our classrooms. We engage culturally competent perspectives in our curriculum and identity-conscious practices in our casting.

Our vision of the art of acting is predicated on the concept that we are here to cultivate each actor’s artistic sensibilities in a collaborative training environment. As a School, we adhere to the highest standards of artistic integrity and rigor. Thus, we seek to develop the skills that go beyond application in the rehearsal room – communication, collaboration, interpersonal skills, social responsibility and awareness, emotional acumen, critical thinking, and creativity – to expand each actor’s understanding of the role of performance in community, society, and the world.

MFA in Acting 2022 Auditions

NIU will be recruiting a new class of MFA in acting graduates in the spring of 2022 for acceptance into the program for the fall of 2022.

Candidates for the specialization in acting are required to audition in person or via Zoom. Every candidate must choose and present two memorized audition pieces, a classical selection in verse and a contemporary piece. The total time of presentation should not exceed four minutes. The acting candidate is also asked to supply the audition committee with two current headshots and resumes.

NIU recruits on campus, via Zoom, and at URTA Unified Auditions .

Please email [email protected] to schedule a Zoom or in person audition.

NIU also hosts three, on campus, callback weekends. Callback auditions are by invitation only. Further information on callback weekends will be available in late 2021 or early 2022.

Students interested in pursuing an MFA in Acting at NIU should contact Professor Alexander Gelman, Head of MFA Acting at [email protected]  or 815-753-8253. 

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The Actors Studio Drama School MFA program at Pace University offers you the authenticity, continuity, and authority of the Stanislavski System and the Method. Uniquely modern in its approach, the School is an ideal conservatory for aspiring actors who want to be prepared to tackle a broad range of both character and leading roles, and for budding directors and playwrights looking to develop their expertise using the collaborative Actors Studio philosophy and tradition.

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  • The only MFA program crafted and sanctioned by the legendary Actors Studio.
  • All core teachers are Lifetime Members of the Actors Studio. The curriculum has been designed and developed by the leadership of the Actors Studio, including the co-presidents of the organization, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Burstyn, and Al Pacino.
  • Located in New York City, the theater capital of America and the largest media and cultural market in the world.

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First-year students are immersed in learning the acting methodology and language, as well as training in their individual craft.

Second-year students are introduced to unique collaborative training that encompasses the three disciplines.

Third-year students of all three disciplines apply their knowledge and work together as an ensemble to create and perform in a professionally produced Repertory Season that is presented to the industry and the general public.

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From their very first day of training, our student actors, directors, and playwrights begin to develop their unique artistic voices—voices that arise from their talent, soul, sensitivity, imagination, and the courage to express themselves in the most personal and profound ways, no matter how diverse the style of production. And as we all know, when the expression of the artist is personal and profound, it becomes universal and affects the entire world.

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  • Throughout the three years, actors, directors and playwrights learn to collaborate with each other in classes in which the actors act, the directors direct, and the playwrights write. Collaboration among these three tracks is the heart of the MFA program and the Repertory Season at the end of the third year.
  • Throughout the three years, the best work of these classes is presented for the public in what we call the end-of-semester “Festivals.”
  • In the third year, all graduating students are presented to the industry in multiple showcases including the MFA Acting Industry Showcase , the ASDS MFA Playwright Staged Reading Series , and the MFA Directing Showcase.
  • In their final year, all Actors Studio Drama School students present their work to the professional world and the public, in a fully-produced professional Repertory Season at a theater in downtown Manhattan. In addition, after the Repertory Season , our actors present their work to representatives from the theater, film, and television industries in an Industry Showcase at the Actors Studio itself in midtown Manhattan.

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The Actors Studio Drama School alumni are an elite group of artists who have a strong foundation in the theater, film, television, and entertainment industry, as well as the world of education. In addition to some of our graduates becoming Lifetime Members of the Actors Studio, many of our alumni have gone on to a wide range of accomplishments across the country and around the world.

Where Graduates Are Employed

  • MFA Acting alumna Daphne Di Cinto appeared in Bridgerton on Netflix.
  • MFA Playwriting alumnus Lloyd Suh was named the 2020 Recipient of the Horton Foote Prize for his play The Chinese Lady .
  • MFA Directing alumnus Danny Gorman directed Transformation at Jazz at Lincoln Center conceived by and starring Glenn Close and Grammy Award-winner Ted Nash, also starring Wayne Brady, John Cameron Mitchell, Adriane Lenox, Justin Vivian Bonde, among others.

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The Actors Studio Drama School was named among the “Best 19 MFA and MA Acting Programs in the U.S. and U.K.” (Source: Backstage )

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The Professional Actor Training Program (PATP) at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill is an intensive three-year Master of Fine Arts program offering advanced acting training to early-career professionals. Training includes rehearsal and performance practice with PlayMakers Repertory Company. Regularly included in The Hollywood Reporter and Backstage rankings and currently ranked 16th in the world, the program provides a bridge by which our graduates, with credibility and a significant circle of professional acquaintance, may enter the profession.

We accept 6-8 actors in each class. We accept a new class  every other year . We will be accepting a new class in Fall 2025, and again in Fall 2027.

Our next auditions will be January and February of 2025 in New York City, Chicago, and Chapel Hill. See the “ Apply ” page on this site for information on applications and auditions and keep checking back for specific audition dates and locations.

The application process for 2025 opens up in August 2024.

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About our Program

Classes are taught by resident master teachers and distinguished guest faculty within a conservatory structure. We cultivate expansive, versatile and authentic artists with a focus on technical proficiency as well as uniqueness of self. At the conclusion of training, PATP actors are seen by casting professionals and agents in a high-quality personally-crafted digital showcase.

The Program’s affiliation with  PlayMakers Repertory Company , an Equity/LORT theatre, provides an opportunity for training and work within a nationally-recognized professional company. Each PATP student will be eligible to become a member of Actors’ Equity Association prior to or at the time of graduation.

About PlayMakers Repertory Company

PlayMakers is currently led by Producing Artistic Director, Vivienne Benesch. Vivienne was awarded the 2017 Fichandler Award for directing and is an Obie-Award-winning actor who served as Artistic Director of the Chautauqua Theatre Company and Conservatory for ten years, and has regularly taught at Juilliard and NYU in addition to her thriving directing career. Most recently she directed Debra Messing in  Birthday Candles  on Broadway.

Learn about her vision for PlayMakers and its relationship to the PATP in her  Letter from the Producing Artistic Director .

Some PATP actors’ roles on the PlayMakers mainstage in recent seasons include: Guy, Leland, and Delia in Blues for an Alabama Sky, Horatio and Ophelia in Hamlet, Georgia McBride in The Legend of Georgia McBride, They Do Not Know Harlem, a solo performance created and performed by PATP alum Tristan Andre Parks, Meg and Clavin in  Wrinkle in Time , Rosalind and Orlando in  As you Like It , Bigger and Bessie in  Native Son , Everybody in  Everybody , Tateh in  Ragtime , Miranda, Ferdinand and Ariel in  The Tempest ; Olivia, Orsino, Viola and Aguecheek in  Twelfth Night ; Demetrius, Lysander, Hermia and Helena in  A Midsummer Night’s Dream ; Ruth in  A Raisin in the Sun ; Isaac in  Disgraced ; Cinderella and The Wolf in  Into the Woods ; Jen and Macy in  The Cake ; Mayme, George, Mrs. Van Buren and Mr. Marks in  Intimate Apparel ; Irina, Natasha, Masha and Andre in  The Three Sisters ; Amalia and Kodaly in  She Loves Me ; Dez and Shanita in  Skeleton Crew ; Marianne and Elinor in  Sense and Sensibility ; among many others.

Recent guest directors at PlayMakers include Meredith McDonough, Tyne Rafaeli, Desdemona Chiang, Dominque Serrand, Lee Sunday Evans, Jesse Austrain, Saheem Ali, Nicole A. Watson, Preston Lane, Libby Appel, Lisa Rothe, Valerie Curtis-Newton, Kirsten Sanderson, Whitney White, Taibi Magar, Zack Fine, Jeffrey Meanza, Colette Robert, Zi Alikhan, Orlando Pabotoy, Andrew Borba, Shelly Butler, Pirronne Yousefzadeh, and Patrick Torres.

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Why choose UNC Chapel Hill for your professional training?

  • Train with master teachers
  • Be part of a professional LORT company with valuable stage experience
  • Work with professional guest directors, actors and industry professionals who join us for workshops and master classes
  • Perform in schools and other locations around the community with the PlayMakers’ Mobile unit
  • Perform in Ground Floor productions that are selected with you in mind
  • Film a  Custom-crafted Digital Showcase  in your third year, shared with industry professionals from across the country
  • Spend a week in NYC meeting and working with industry professionals
  • Be a part of a community that is committed to Access, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism
  •  Become a member of Actors Equity Association
  • Join us with full or partial competitive stipend and tuition remission

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Regularly included in The Hollywood Reporter and Backstage rankings and currently ranked 16th in the world, the Program’s stature in the field is marked by the success we have had in placing our actors at the  Chautauqua Theatre Company Conservatory  and the  Guthrie Experience for Actors in Training , two of the country’s most influential summer programs for early-career professionals.

Recent Graduates

Class of 2023.

• Myles Bullock: White Men Can’t Jump; S.W.A.T. and Runaways, Hulu

• Tristan Andre Parks: As You Like It, Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park; They Do Not Know Harlem, PlayMakers’ Rep

• Omolade Wey: The Three Musketeers, Oregon Shakespeare Festival

• Sergio Mauritz Ang: The Other Two, HBOMax

• April Mae Davis: For All Mankind season 4, Apple TV

• Rishan Dhamija: Blue Bloods, CBS

• Alex Givens: Soldier’s Play, National Broadway Tour

• Brandon Haynes: Law & Order; Power: Book 3; ABCD, Barrington Stage Company

• Shanelle Leonard: Confederates, Signature Theatre NYC; India in Shrill, Hulu; Little Shop of Horrors, The Village Theatre Seattle

• Christine Mirzayan: Kite Runner, Broadway; English, Berkeley Rep

• Emily Bosco: The Rat Trap The Mint Theatre NYC

• Josh Tower: Aaron Burr in Hamilton National Tour

• Nathaniel P. Claridad New Amsterdam, NBC; A Tuna Christmas, Portland Stage Company

• Allison Altman: Birthday Candles, RoundAbout Theatre Broadway

• Arielle Yodder: Birthday Candles, RoundAbout Theatre Broadway; Guest Star FBI: Most Wanted; Supporting Guest Star Law and Order: SVU; The Price of Thomas Scott, Mint Theatre Company;

• Benjamin Curns – Caliban in The Tempest, New Haven Arts; The Blacklist, NBC

• Tori Jewell: Chautauqua Theatre Company, Summer 2022

• Gregory DeCandia: Artistic Director of DreamWrights Center for Community Arts and Founder and Executive Director of Ignition Arts.

• Carey Cox: recurring role in Handmaids Tale, Season 5, Hulu; Stand-by for Laura The Glass Menagerie, Broadway; Laura The Glass Menagerie, Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis

• Jorge Donoso, At the Wedding, Lincoln Center

Class of 2022

Sergio Mauritz Ang:    Signed with Boals, Winett & Associates upon graduation.   Song of Me , World Premiere at Stages Houston, 2022;  Flowers of Hawaii , Chautauqua Theatre Company, 2022; Chautauqua Theatre Company Intern Company member summers 2020, 2021 and 2022.   From Number to Name , East West Players. Directed by Kristina Wong;  The Dalai Lama is Not Welcome Here , Arizona Theatre Company for RomeroFest.  Artistic Advisory Committee and Actor for Notch Theatre Company.

Tori Jewell:   Chautauqua Theatre Company summer2022;  Unto the Breech  Theatre Raleigh summer 2021

Class of 2020

Emily Bosco :   Seared  at Gloucester Stage Company in Gloucester, MA;  Pride and Prejudice  at Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg, WV;  Steel Magnolias  and  Native Gardens  in rep at Creede Repertory Theater in Creede.  Signed with  VIE Model & Talent Agency  and freelancing with  Stefanie Talent & Entertainment  in NJ

April Mae Davis :   Stephanie St. Clair in  The Queen of the Policy Racket , History Channel,  It Can’t Happen Here from the Cat’s Cradle music venue in Chapel Hill; Process Series workshop of  Master Falls .    

Brandon Haynes:    Law & Order ,  Power: Book 3;  ABCD  at Barrington Stage Company; Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s  Lamentable Trial …   It Can’t Happen Here from the Cat’s Cradle music venue in Chapel Hill; Process Series workshop of  Master Falls .  

Sarah Keyes :  Chautauqua Theatre Company, Summer 2020

Adam Poole :  Process Series workshop of  Master Falls . 

Dan Toot :  Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre, Brevard College.  Starred in commercials and a variety of voice-over work.   It Can’t Happen Here from the Cat’s Cradle music venue in Chapel Hill; Process Series workshop of  Master Falls .  

Class of 2019

Shanelle Leonard :   Confederates  by Dominique Morisseau at Signature Theatre in NYC.  India in two episodes of HULU’s  Shrill.   Has starred incommercials.  Best Actor at Burien Film Festival for her work in  The Noise Made by People  in Seattle, WA. 

Jenny Latimer : Founder and Artistic Director of Center Theatre Company in Chapel Hill.  Performed in the Off-Broadway production of  Sideways .  Directed  Around the World in 80 Days  and  Into the Breeches  with Theatre Raleigh.  

Christine Mirzayan:   Kite Runner  on Broadway.    Heritage Festival Theater. Two US Air Force Industrials.  

Rishan Dhamija :   Yoga Play  and  The Play That Goes Wrong  with Geva Theatre Center and Syracuse Stage.  Two episodes of a new Apple TV show with the working title  Little Voices/Voice .

Tristan Parks :  The Amen Corner  at the Arena Stage.  Since graduation the one-man show that Tristan wrote (and performs) during his third year with the PATP has been performed at Duke, and as part of the Process Series at UNC, it will be produced by PlayMakers Repertory Company in 2023.  Performed in and was assistant choreographer of  Ragtime  with PRC. 

Alex Givens :  How to Catch Creation,  GeVa Theatre Center.  Leading roles at the Great River Shakespeare Festival. 

Geoff Culbertson :  Discovery Channel project.

Class of 2017

Allison Altman :   Birthday  Candles on Broadway.  Chautauqua Theatre Company; St. Ann’s Warehouse in NYC; Denver Center for the Performing Arts; Tank Theater and Westport Playhouse.  She was in the film “Five Stars” that went to Cannes Film Festival; “The Wood Thrush” which won the Alfred P. Sloan Award; Compulsive Love Webseries and a US Air Force Industrial.  She performed in PlayMakers’ The Stuck Monologues in the summer of 2020.  

Katy Castaldi:  has starred in several independent films and performed at Northstar Playmakers, Wilton Playhouse, and with the New Canaan Town Players.

Myles Bullock  (Myles Be’):   S.W.A.T . and  Runaways  on Hulu.  Directed the film  Hypothetically .

Schuyler Mastain:  Based in LA Schuyler has acted in, directed, written and or produced several short films and full-length plays.  

Benjamin Curns : Indy horror flick  The Institute .  Directed  Red Velvet  at Southern Connecticut State University and  As You Like It  with the Shakespeare Academy at Stratford. Stars in short film  Batman: Master of Fear  with Red Fist Productions. McDermott Visiting Teaching Artist for Mary Baldwin University’s Shakespeare & Performance MFA program.  Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Investigation Discovery; Elm Shakespeare Company; ABC’s  Quantico ; Virginia Stage and Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre.  Resident director for The Shakespeare Academy at Stratford.  Directed  Coriolanus ;  Macbeth  for American Shakespeare Center.  Fight director for Two River Theatre, Longwood University, Guilford Tech, and Shakespeare Forum. 

Class of 2016

Arielle Yoder:   Birthday Candles  on Broadway.  Guest Star on  FBI: Most Wanted;  Supporting Guest Star on  Law and Order: SVU;  Mint Theatre Company; Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival; Broadway National tour of  The Humans ; The New Ohio; New Dramatists; Theatre for the New City; Shaker Bridge Theatre.  She wrote, produced, and directed the short film  Ordinary World . Associate Director at DreamStreet Theatre Company, a 501c3 non-profit for neurodiverse performers.

Caroline Strang :  Acting credits include  London Assurance  at Off-Broadway Irish Repertory Company in NYC; Peoples Light and Theatre Company;  Tiny Beautiful Things  at Merrimack Repertory Theatre; Redhouse Art Center in Syracuse; The Guthrie; The Hippodrome Theatre….

Carey Cox :  Viacom/CBS Diversity Showcase.  Stand-by for Laura in the Broadway production of  The Glass Menagerie  and went on in the role.  She later played the role at the acclaimed Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis.  Lincoln Center –  Restart Stages: An Evening of Short Plays .  Corie Bratter in Neil Simon’s  Barefoot in the Park  at Queens Theatre in the Park, and Everyday Inferno’s  Glassheart.

Jorge Donoso :   At the Wedding,  Lincoln Center Theatre;  Buyer and Cellar,  and Seymour in  Little Shop of Horrors  at the Weathervane Theatre; Off-Broadway production of “Baby”. 

Gregory DeCandia : Artistic Director at  DreamWrights Center for Community Arts  in Philadelphia.  Assistant Professor at Oklahoma City University where he was Head of BA Theatre and Performance Program.  Founder and Executive Director of Ignition Arts.   Frost/Nixon ,  Mama Mia , and  Rock of Ages  at Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City.  

Class of 2013

Nilan Johnson:  Received a Drama League Artist-in-Residence Award for his play  Endangered Species, #BLACKLIVESMATTER,  Investigation Discovery’s  Most Evil

Nathaniel Claridad : Recently received a Drama League Artist-in-Residence award to direct  Endangered Species ,  Here Lies Love  at the Public Theater,  Awesome 80’s Pro , The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., Imagination Stage, Barrington Stage Company, Cape Fear Regional Theater, Two Rivers Theatre Company, Hangar Theatre, Folger Theatre, and The Kennedy Center.

Class of 2012

Katie Paxton :  The Blacklist, The Good Wife, Forever, Billy and Billie, Bedroom Farce  at The Huntington

Josh Tobin :  4000 Miles  at Baltimore Center Stage,  Ricki and the Flash , Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

John Dreher :  The Slap, Ricki and the Flash

DeeDee Batteast : Associate Professor at Ball State University

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M.F.A. Acting

Masters of fine arts, the professional actor training program.

The Professional Actor Training Program (PATP) prepares advanced students for careers as professional actors, with the expectation that students will take responsibility for the depth and development of their own artistic practices. The M.F.A. in Acting is a rigorous three-year training program, led by a faculty of working theater practitioners. A class of ten is admitted once every three years, and each student is closely mentored by a faculty committed to individual student growth. The training is dedicated to producing process-driven, skillful, and creative actor/artists with a specific and personal approach to the craft of acting. To meet the demands of the 21st century, actors must have expertise in a range of styles and be adept at working in any medium. We offer a comprehensive progression in acting, voice and speech, and movement. Additional coursework includes on-camera technique, stage combat, devised and solo work, text analysis, specialized areas of voice and movement, audition techniques and business practices.

The Acting Studios

With a strong foundation in the Meisner Technique, the first year of training puts rigorous emphasis on the authentic use of self and the collaborative process. The second year of training focuses on creating complex characters through application of the foundation work to scenes, exercises and performance. Style work begins in the second half of the second year with a semester long focus on playing Shakespeare. The third year bridges the past and the present: encompassing a range of contemporary and period style work as well as integrated studies of the actor in new media. Third year students will work with a wide range of industry professionals and hone their audition technique and business acumen in classroom and professional settings.

In the movement studio, emphasis is placed on the human body as an instrument of expression; on developing strength, alignment, flexibility, availability and stamina. Voice and speech training centers on releasing habitual tension, increasing power and range, and utilizing specific speech choices.

Performance Opportunities

Every actor performs a minimum of one role per semester. This may be in the School of Theater’s main stage offerings, Tantrum Theater productions, or studio/laboratory productions. Actors also work regularly in the development and production of new plays: both in workshop and in the annual Seabury Quinn Jr., Playwright’s Festival, in collaboration with the students in the MFA Playwriting Program. Collaborations with the School of Film are common, and actors will have ample opportunity to work on camera and build a professional reel. In all cases, emphasis is placed on the student’s ability to synthesize the work of the studio with the practical realities of his or her casting.

Assessment and Admission

Admission to the program is by interview and audition at the annual University Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA) sites and at scheduled auditions on campus (dates to be determined). International students may submit digital auditions and interview via the online platform.

M.F.A. Acting [PATP] Sample Curriculum [ pdf ]

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Professional Opportunities

Actors will be given the opportunity to work with the Tantrum Theater, which operates under an Actor’s Equity Association contract through U/RTA. Equity Membership Candidacy is available to participating actors. A wide range of industry guests visit campus each year - frequently for extended workshops.

Internship Opportunities

Internships are required, and a range of professional internships are available to all MFA candidates in acting.

For additional information, contact David Haugen (740-593-4818, or [email protected] ), Head of the Professional Actor Training Program.

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The Master of Fine Arts in Acting Track is a NAST-accredited pre-professional actor training program. Through intensive practical and theoretical classwork and production experience, students are prepared physically and vocally as artists to succeed in this demanding profession.

The program is a highly selective, rigorous, three-year professional training program emphasizing both theatre theory and practice. The first two years are spent on campus in classes and performing in Theatre UCF productions . The third year is spent as a resident company member at Orlando Shakes where students perform in mainstage and theatre for young audience productions, teach, study and assist with the operations of the theatre.

Students, in addition to becoming highly trained theatre practitioners, must also demonstrate the ability to understand the conceptual basis of their art and to be able to articulate that understanding to others. Toward this end, the department will recruit and develop graduate students who can serve, along with faculty and staff, as role models for undergraduate students whose BA and BFA programs of study are integrally connected with the graduate program.

The Acting track of the Theatre MFA program requires 47 credit hours of core and specialization courses that follow a suggested yearly schedule in addition to a thesis and an internship. The electives can be chosen (with instructor approval) from existing courses in other MFA tracks in Theatre. Because allowed electives are both two- and three-credit-hour courses, the course of study shows a sliding number of credits for electives. Consequently, although the 61 credit hours are required, a student may graduate with as many as 65 credit hours.

Total Credit Hours Required: 61 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

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General Entrance and Area Specific Prerequisites -Students applying for entrance into the MFA Programs must have successfully completed the following undergraduate courses or their equivalent:

  • Acting -Script Analysis or Play Analysis, Theatre History or Dramatic Literature, Stage Voice, Stage Movement, Advanced Acting.

Degree Requirements

  • THE5910 - Research Methods in Theatre (3)
  • TPP5087C - Theatre Careers in Performance (3)


  • Earn at least 41 credits from the following types of courses: In the "Track Details" Section below, a suggested course schedule is provided. Students will work directly with their advisor in creating a plan of study for this requirement.
  • THE6971 - Thesis (1 - 99)
  • THE6948 - Professional Internship (4)

Independent Learning

  • The Independent Learning Requirement is met by successful completion of a master's thesis.

Grand Total Credits: 61

Application requirements, financial information.

Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.

Fellowship Information

Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student's graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Students must maintain a minimum "B" (3.0) overall Theatre grade point average to continue in the major. Theatre courses with grades of less than "C" will not be counted toward degree requirements. All Acting program students are required to audition for all fall and spring productions and must accept the roles assigned. A student's continuation in the program is contingent upon positive end-of-semester evaluations. Students must successfully complete internship and thesis requirements. The thesis proposal must be approved in advance.

Of the 61 hours required for the Acting track, the following courses constitute the MFA Graduate Core Curriculum. See the Course Schedule below for an understanding of how the curricular elements are articulated.

Course Schedule Year 1 Fall: 10 Credit Hours

  • TPP 5156C - Acting Studio I 3 Credit Hours
  • TPP 5515 - Movement Studio I 2 Credit Hours
  • TPP 5715C - Stage Voice I 2 Credit Hours
  • THE 5910 - Research Methods in Theatre 3 Credit Hours

Spring: 10 Credit Hours

  • TPP 5157C - Acting Studio II 3 Credit Hours
  • TPP 5516C - Movement Studio II 2 Credit Hours
  • TPP 5716C - Stage Voice II 2 Credit Hours
  • THE 5307 - Contemporary Theatre Practice 3 Credit Hours

Year 2 Fall: 11 Credit Hours

  • TPP 6146C - Acting Studio III 3 Credit Hours
  • TPP 6517 - Movement Studio III 2 Credit Hours
  • TPP 6717C - Stage Voice III 2 Credit Hours
  • THE 6507 - Dramatic Theory and Criticism 3 Credit Hours
  • TPP 5278C - Musical Theatre Lab 1 Credit Hours

Spring: 11 Credit Hours

  • TPP 6518C - Movement Studio IV 2 Credit Hours
  • TPP 6718C - Stage Voice IV 2 Credit Hours
  • TPP 6267 - Acting Studio IV 2 Credit Hours
  • THE 5205 - American Theatre 3 Credit Hours
  • TPP 6933 - Acting Studio V 2 Credit Hours

Year 3 Fall: 10 Credit Hours

  • THE 6948 - Professional Internship 4 Credit Hours
  • THE 6971 - Thesis 3 Credit Hours
  • TPP 5087C – Theatre Careers in Performance 3 Credit Hours

Spring: 9 Credit Hours

  • TPP 6186C - Advanced Scene Study 2 Credit Hours


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