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Areas of Study

Our master's degree program in Theater emphasizes practical expertise in one of the following areas: directing, playwriting, costume design, lighting design, scene design and technical direction. The department encourages interdisciplinary study in related fields including performance studies, dramatic literature, dramaturgy, musical theater and opera.

View elective requirements for each area of study.

This three year course of study includes in-depth instruction in playwriting, theater history, performance theory, dramatic literature and script analysis. The focused curriculum along with production and written thesis requirements combine to provide proficiency in all elements of directing theatrical performances. The directing MFA Program includes five major areas of instruction:

  • A directing seminar which focuses on the theoretical background of directing.
  • First year MFA students will direct a qualifier production chosen by the Head of Directing.
  • Second year directing students must direct a heightened language production such as Shakespeare or other classical works.
  • Third year MFA students in the directing program will direct a fully-realized production, complete with a full team of designers led by the directing student.
  • A written thesis must be completed by the MFA directing student which correlates the director’s work to theoretical concepts and a reflection of his or her experience in the program.