Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance
The highly selective MFA degree is a two-year, 60 credit terminal degree consisting of classroom study, practical performance and production experience, and the completion of a graduate thesis.
This includes two summers honing your skills in our Festival Repertory Theatre that has our students work alongside professionals from the field. All graduate candidates are required to pass an audition/interview or portfolio review/interview process for acceptance into the program.
The FAU MFA program is dedicated to celebrating and nurturing individuals who aspire to become well-rounded, employable theatre artists. Working within a supportive and creative environment, we challenge our students, through classroom study and the practical application of learned skills, to become the best artists that they can be and we take pride in preparing our grads for careers as working professionals or future academics.
Students follow a rigorous curriculum that includes exploration of various genres and periods including Modern and American Realism, Classical forms including Elizabethan and Restoration, and more contemporary styles such as Absurdism and other anti-realistic forms. The program provides extensive voice and movement training which incorporates the techniques of Fitzmaurice, Linklater, Knight-Thompson, Rodenburg, Alexander, Viewpoints, Laban, Feldenkrais and Stage Combat. Students study under an SAFD Certified Teacher and are given the opportunity to obtain certification and testing under an SAFD Fight Master. Acting techniques explored are primarily Stanislavsky based systems including techniques from Michael Chekhov, Uta Hagen, and others. Students combine classroom experience with practical experience achieved through performance. FAU produces six mainstage shows per year including two as part of our summer Festival Rep series in which professional guest actors perform alongside our students. Students earn points towards Equity membership through this partnership with Actor’s Equity Association. All graduate students are required to complete two summers in residence performing.
The minimum standard for Graduate Admissions is 3.0 GPA on the last 60 semester/90 quarter hours of credit received prior to receiving the baccalaureate degree, or successful completion of a master's degree from an accredited institution. Up to six credits beyond the baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution may be transferred at the discretion of the Department.
For more information about the University's graduate school application process, visit the graduate studies application page.