WHAT IS NEXT STEPS?

AUDITIONS AND PORTFOLIO REVIEWS

KCACTF Region 2 now offers Festival participants an opportunity to take the ‘next step’ in their educational growth with this chance to be seen and heard by professional theatre companies, graduate schools, or professional training programs who are in search of students like YOU.  The companies/schools who are attending are looking for people for year around and/or seasonal/summer work.  If you are looking to continue your training, or start your professional resume, you should register for NEXT STEPS for Festival 53.  

DEADLINE EXTENSION 

REGISTRATION FOR NEXT STEPS IS NOW JANUARY 4TH 

NEXT STEPS WILL BE DIFFERENT THIS YEAR!! 

We need to have an idea how many of you want to take advantage of this opportunity so we can design an event that will serve both students and invited companies. The general registration will help us determine how many students want to perform and how many want to participate in a DTM Design/Tech/Management interview.  

    Next Steps Registration

    NEXT STEPS WILL BE DIFFERENT THIS YEAR!!
    ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL SUBMIT THEIR MATERIALS BEFORE FESTIVAL (DUE BY JANUARY 4TH) 

    To register for NEXT STEPS

    1. Click on the Registration link.
    2. Fill out the brief information form (including Name, school name, email, cell phone, and audition option (Acting, Design, or Stage Management, or Combination)

    WHAT SCHOOLS AND COMPANIES ARE ATTENDING NEXT STEPS?

    • ACTORS STUDIO DRAMA SCHOOL AT PACE UNIVERSITY – MFA IN ACTING
    • BROOKLYN COLLEGE, CUNY – MFA IN ACTING
    • THE CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY – MFA ACTING PROGRAM
    • COMMONWEALTH SHAKESPEARE COMPANY – APPRENTICE PROGRAM
    • ETP: ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS
    • FESTIVAL 56
    • MORAVIAN COLLEGE – MFA IN PERFROMANCE CREATION
    • THE NATIONAL THEATRE INSTITUTE / EUGENE O’NEILL THEATRE CENTER
    • THE NEIGHBORHOOD PLAYHOUSE SCHOOL OF THE THEATRE
    • OHIO UNIVERSITY – MFA IN DESIGN
    • REV THEATRE COMPANY
    • THE STELLA ADLER STUDIO OF ACTING
    • STAGECRAFT INSTITUTE OF LAS VEGAS
    • THE UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS/PIG IRON – MFA IN DEVISED THEATRE
    • UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE – MFA ACTING PROGRAM
    • UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE – MFA IN ACTING
    • UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND – MFA IN DESIGN; MA IN THEATRE STUDIES
    • VIRGINIA TECH UNIVERSITY – MFA IN THEATRE
    • VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY – MA IN THEATRE/CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

    WHAT DO I PREPARE FOR NEXT STEPS?

    PERFORMERS – AUDITION VIDEO RULES & RECOMMENDATIONS

    • All performers are encouraged to upload an unedited video that consists of two contrasting monologues (no more than 3 minutes total).  If a performer has a problem uploading such a big video, two separate files is acceptable. If the performer is also a singer, an additional 30 seconds is allotted for a 16 bar cut of a musical selection.
    • Here are some tips on how to create the strongest video for your Next Steps audition:
      • Introduce yourself and your material; the title of the play your monologues are from;
      • Do not include the name of your school in your introduction;
      • Please utilize a stationary camera when filming your piece, just as you would for a traditional audition submission. This means
      • no fancy camera work, video effects, or editing. Selectors will be considering to your performance, not your camera work.
      • Consider framing. How is best to frame your piece? i.e. Headshot, waist-up, full-body. This is your choice, based off the needs of your performance. Again, no camera moves; your pieces should be filmed from a fixed position with no pans, tilts, movements, or zooming.
      • Lighting should be general without lighting changes. Natural light is often favorable, and utilizing back or side light to fill may help with clarity or visibility (key light should light your face).
      • It is recommended that you limit prop usage and use generic furniture. Remember that this is an audition, not a play performance, so technical choices will be disregarded.
      • It is recommended that you place your camera at eye-level of the performer.
      • If singing, it is recommended, but not required, that you utilize piano accompaniment for your audition. This may mean singing along to a pre-recorded track or it may mean singing with a live accompanist. A cappella submissions will also be accepted.
      • Files must be uploaded as an .mp4, .mov, or .avi.

    SELF-TAPED AUDITIONS SUBMITTED BY JANUARY 4TH

    DESIGNERS/TECHNICIANS/MANAGERS – SUBMISSION RULES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

    We have several companies and schools looking for designers, technicians, and stage managers. Traditionally, one would submit a portfolio (or promptbook) of their work with a resume of their experience. However, this year we also have companies that are non-traditional candidates (playwrights, arts leaders, collaborators, etc.) and students should consider creating a website that showcases those talents as well. All work will be submitted via a link to a student-created website. Link to work will be due January 4, 2021. Exhibit registrants will be emailed instructions for providing the link.

    • KCACTF2 recommends using an easy and free website builder such as Google Sites to create a simple website that can display and contain materials necessary to exhibit the design or technology work.
    • Costume Designers may include examples of some process work such as preliminary sketches, or paperwork along with sketches (swatches) and realized work should include production photo(s).
    • Scene Designers may include examples of some process work such as preliminary sketches, ground plans, or final renderings and/or models. Realized work should include production photo(s).
    • Lighting Designers may include a plot, associated paperwork and the process you used to arrive at your design choices. Realized work should include production photo(s).
    • Sound Designers may include clearly identifiable links or digital files with selected cues plus organizational/paper work such as sound plot and sound system design. Please include your process for arriving at your design choices. Realized work should include production photo(s).
    • Stage Managers may include work that gives a thorough presentation of the scope and complexity of the project they stage-managed.
    • If showing a call script and/or blocking notation, please include 3-4 pages as a single PDF. Choose pages that show off your strongest work.
    • Companies and Schools are asked to consider the submitted materials, NOT your website design skills. Clearer simpler website options are preferred.

    WEBSITE SUBMISSIONS DUE BY JANUARY 4TH

    If you have any questions, please contact the Next Steps Coordinator: Michael Aulick (vicechair@kcactf2.org)

    ACTOR AUDITION and PRODUCTION INTERVIEWS

    Next Steps invites theatre companies and graduate schools to hold auditions and interviews at every KCACTF festival.

    ACTORS STUDIO DRAMA SCHOOL AT PACE UNIVERSITY

    MFA IN ACTING, DIRECTING, AND PLAYWRITING

     

    Audtioning

    Any graduating senior who is interested in doing a NY based MFA program

    Guided by the methodology that has its roots in the “system” set forth by Constantin Stanislavski in his three groundbreaking books, An Actor Prepares, Building a Character and Creating a Role, the Actors Studio Drama School involves three years of intensive study in the dramatic arts.

    Continuously evolving, the “system” informs the curriculum of this unique dramatic arts degree program. Whether an aspiring actor, director or playwright, you will begin your three-year exploration by studying the actor’s craft and developing a shared language. In the first year you will be consumed with learning the methodology and language, as well as training in your craft. In the second year, you and your fellow MFA candidates will immerse yourselves in unique and specialized training. Working together as an ensemble—actors, directors and playwrights—in your third year, you will apply your knowledge and skills in a Repertory Season.

    Year 1

    In the first year classes, the students encounter a unique feature of the program: they are setting out on a side-by-side journey―as actors, directors and playwrights together―learning the common language that will enable them to collaborate productively, harmoniously and seamlessly. The ensemble nature of the Actors Studio process will emerge, and, more important, the teachers and students will begin to know each other.

    Year 2

    Students move now from the preparation of their instrument (themselves) to the preparation of the role. Now a mysterious stranger enters the student's life―a “character,” with his or her own needs and desires and life, and way of proceeding through it. Creating that character is the task of the second year. Stanislavski deliberately chose a verb more readily associated with the artisan than the artist. “Building a Character,” with its sense of bricks and mortar and its clear implication of methodical, craftsman-like construction is the mandate of the Second Year.

    Year 3

    The focus of this year is the formation of all the students into a repertory group. While they continue their common and specialized courses, the students develop and collaborate on the dramatic material, which will be presented in their Third-Year Repertory Season, a weekly series of scenes, one-act plays and, if possible, full-length plays, some of them written by our playwrights, and all of them directed by our directors and acted by our actors.

    BROOKLYN COLLEGE, CUNY MFA IN ACTING

     

    Interviewing

    COMING SOON

    COMING SOON

    CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

    MFA in Design 

     

     

    Interviewing

    COMING SOON

    COMING SOON

    THE CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY/CLEVELAND PLAYHOUSE MFA ACTING PROGRAM

    Auditioning

    Graduating seniors looking to continue their training in an MFA Acting Program. Prefer seeing both a short classical and a short contemporary monologue. Call back could include 16 bar A Capella song.

    Since 1996, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) has partnered with Cleveland Play House (CPH), recipient of the 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award, to offer a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting.

    Every two years, eight actors are chosen from the hundreds who audition nationwide to join this rigorous three-year conservatory program. The CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program admits committed young artists who possess a love of language, empathy for the human experience, a vivid imagination and the desire to develop the necessary physical and vocal skills for a successful and sustained career in the ever evolving performing arts scene.

    The Program is designed to train the 21st century theatre artist capable of performing skillfully in works from the classical to contemporary canons in a variety of genres so that they are prepared to meet any artistic challenge.

    The training is enhanced by a professional collaboration with award-winning Cleveland Play House, America’s first regional theatre. CPH’s lauded history and its deep roots in the nation’s artistic landscape, provide a tangible example of creative excellence and invaluable practical experience for the Program’s actors. The MFA Program occupies spacious rehearsal and class facilities at CPH in the heart of Cleveland’s thriving theatre district.

    • Three years of rigorous conservatory training including Acting, Movement, Voice, Speech and Dialects, Period Styles, Singing, Audition Technique, On-Camera Acting and Stage Combat.
    • Free tuition
    • Healthcare
    • Generous yearly living stipend.
    • A professional residency at Cleveland Play House performing and understudying in the mainstage season.
    • MFA Ensemble productions with faculty and guest directors.
    • Membership in Actor Equity Association upon successful completion of the program.
    • New York City Industry Showcase.
    • Nationally and internationally recognized faculty and guest instructors.

    PROGRAM INFORMATION AND AUDITION DETAILS AT clevelandplayhouse.com/mfa

    COMMONWEALTH SHAKESPEARE COMPANY APPRENTICE PROGRAM

    Auditioning

    All college age performers.

    CSC is committed to preparing future generations of actors for productive and satisfying careers in theatre. The CSC Academy education and training programs are aimed at professional and pre-professionals at various stages of their careers. 2021 offerings Include:

    Virtual Shakespeare Intensive: May 17-23 2021, 11a-4p EST - A one-week online program that provides instruction and practice in bringing Shakespeare’s characters to life on stage: how to decipher his words, unlock secrets in the meter and rhythm, act on the line, and embody actions. Our VSI program includes: text and voice classes, monologue coaching, masterclasses with guest artists and a virtual showcase. Participation in a VSI is a prerequisite for students who wished to be considered for the "fast track" of our summer apprentice program

    Summer Apprentice Program*: June 13- Aug 8, 2021- An 8 week intensive training program that offers a robust Shakespearean performance focus. In 2021 we will also add a 6 week "fast track option" for students who have completed one of our Virtual programs. Program components include:

    • Learn voice and classical text in core classes and receive personalized monologue and scene coaching.
    • Earn Equity Membership Candidacy (EMC) points towards union membership and engage in professional development opportunities through interaction with CSC's Equity artists.
    • Perform in fully-produced Shakespeare plays directed by professional artists and presented in the city of Boston.
    • Work as an Audience Ambassador on the Boston Common by assisting with front-of-house duties and engaging with our diverse audiences through pre-show educational conversations, play and performance moments.

    *Currently planned as an in-person program for summer 2021. We continue to monitor the national and local situation as regards the coronavirus pandemic. In the event an in person program is not possible this summer, students will have the opportunity to defer their acceptance to a future summer and/or participate in a virtual version of this program as we ran in summer 2020.

    Actors of all genders, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for all CSC Academy Programs.

    Commonwealth Shakespeare Company: CSC Academy: https://commshakes.org/csc-academy/

    ETP: ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS

    Interviewing

    Fulltime employees with experience/training in technical theatre.

    ETP Is the parent company to a collection of exceptional brands in the live event and entertainment technology services industry. Our shared philosophy embraces a distinctive approach to quality, service, and support. We are integrated industry leaders driven by client relationships, all with a simple goal in mind: to build and grow business. We’re relentlessly looking for new and innovative ways to do it, be it a new technology or a more efficient way to better serve our customers.

    FESTIVAL 56

    Princeton, IL

    Interviewing

    Seasonal (summer) technicians and tech interns.

    (PRINCETON, IL) was founded in 2004 by a group of artists with the mission to present a wide selection of plays and musicals throughout history, from Shakespeare contemporary Broadway fare. Since its inception, Festival 56 has produced over 100 productions by bringing artists from across the country to Princeton, Illinois, where they produce live productions in the Grace Performing Arts Center, a renovated newspaper publishing building and in a public park. 2019 will be the Year of Women at Festival 56, with a season of shows telling women’s stories, featuring casts with at least gender parity, and women in major artistic leadership positions both onstage and offstage. The productions included in our summer production are: Pinkalicious, Rabbit Hole, Othello (cross-gender cast), Mary Poppins, I Do! I Do!, Little Women.

    MORAVIAN COLLEGE
    MFA IN PERFROMANCE CREATION

    Auditioning

    Well-rounded theatre artists looking to continue their training in an MFA Performance Creation.

    The Moravian College Master of Fine Arts in Performance Creation, in partnership with Touchstone Theatre, is a unique opportunity for artists to hone their vision and see their work through from artistic impulse to realization on stage. This program is for artists who want to create their own performances, instead of playing a supporting role in someone else’s vision.

    Earn a degree steeped in both the practical and the theoretical. Part arts incubator, part apprenticeship, students create original solo and ensemble performance in both production and lab settings and teach theatre in the community while receiving hands-on experience in arts administration and production. They’ll be embedded with Touchstone Theatre for the entire program, adding professional credits to their resumes alongside their education. Specializing in socially engaged performance creation and community-based work, Touchstone Theatre is a professional resident ensemble committed to using art to make a positive impact.

    This regional first:

    • is an accelerated, full-time, two-year program.
    • includes international travel and performance.
    • is embedded in a professional ensemble.
    • features a low, 2:1 faculty-student ratio.
    • provides hands-on arts administration, production and teaching experience to create well-rounded professionals who get the job done.

    https://www.moravian.edu/theatre/mfa-performance-creation

    THE NATIONAL THEATRE INSTITUTE
    EUGENE O’NEILL THEATRE CENTER

    Auditioning

    Any interested theater student looking for a semester-long, multidisciplinary theater training. Callback may include some piece/monologue working and an introduction into the National Theater Institute’s intensive programs. Students called back must also complete the rest of the NTI application.

    The National Theater Institute (NTI), founded in 1970, is a nationally recognized training program housed at the 2016 National Medal of the Arts Recipient, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut and the Moscow Art Theater School in Moscow, Russia. With a singular schedule and an unmatched breadth of training, NTI’s credit-earning training programs offer students a spring board to the professional theater world. These programs include a two-week residency in London or NYC, tickets to 20+ shows, and classes in: Acting, Scene Study, Playwriting, Movement, Shakespeare, Microaggressions & Racial Biases in Theater, Musical Theater, Producing, and more. Financial aid is transferable to our semester-long programs.

    Semester-Long Programs:

    • The National Theater Institute (Fall or Spring)
    • National Music Theater Institute (Fall-only)
    • Moscow Art Theatre Semester (Fall-only)
    • Advanced Playwriting ( Spring-only)
    • Advanced Directing (Fall or Spring)

    Additional Programs:

    • Theatermakers Summer Intensive
    • Graduate Programs (MA/MFA) in International Theater Practice & Performance

    Who is NTI right for?

    The National Theater Institute seeks a driven, unique ensemble of (20-40) theater-makers each semester to train at a two-time Tony Award-winning theater. This 14-week long conservatory-style theater-immersion program is offered every fall and spring and is geared towards students who want to work in a fast-paced, collaborative, ensemble-driven training space, and take a diverse array of theater classes from over 60 industry professionals and notable theater practitioners. The Program is designed to train students who love various aspects of theater, and are hungry to expand and strengthen their theater toolbelt, while making direct connections to professional artists that are leading the industry.

    THE NEIGHBORHOOD PLAYHOUSE SCHOOL OF THE THEATRE

    Auditioning

    Graduating seniors seeking professional training for theatre, film, and television, NYC based network, and industry launch (two year certificate program only).

    And/or

    Sophomores, juniors, and seniors for the summer intensive programs.

    Home of the Meisner Technique is a professional conservatory in New York City celebrating 90 years of excellence in actor training for theatre, film, & television. Our approach focuses on the artistic growth of the actor through technical training in acting, movement, speech, and voice. The Neighborhood Playhouse offers the serious acting student what few other acting schools can provide – a rich tradition of excellence in actor training coupled with the practical skills for building a career. We have two programs of study. The Two Year Certificate Professional Actor Training program is our legendary full-time program for those students ready for professional training and an industry launch in two years time. The Six Week Summer Intensive is a terrific course to supplement a Bachelor’s program with an immersion in the Meisner Technique and NYC. Our faculty are master teachers who are experts in their field of instruction. The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre is a non-profit, tax-exempt institution of higher education offering post-secondary training in dramatic arts: acting. Check out www.neighborhoodplayhouse.org.

    OHIO UNIVERSITY
    MFA IN THEATRE

    Auditioning

    Any graduating senior, or juniors, who are interested in advanced studies in design. 

    The Production Design program prepares students for careers as designers in all aspects of the professional theater. Our training provides a strong foundation in design and the skills to compete in the professional market.

    Design areas include scenic, costume, lighting and sound design. The program is structured to allow specialization and to encourage dual area interests. With a graduate population of 25-30 design and technology students, classes tend to be small and intense, so students get a lot of individual attention and mentoring.

    Each semester ends with a review by all of the faculty of recent student work. Over the course of the three years, emphasis is placed on professional portfolio development which synthesizes classes, production and resume building employment. Classes in Performance Photography and Portfolio support this emphasis. Summer work in the field is required, as is yearly national conference attendance.

    Year 1

    The initial year includes fundamentals in design, the director-designer collaboration, and developing skills in drawing, painting and/or digital drafting and paperwork. Realized production assignments generally begin with an assistantship and follow with a design assignment in the second semester.

    Year 2

    The second year is focused on synthesis of skills and practical experiences. Students take advanced courses in design as well as the business of design, theater history and criticism and electives to complete the first two years. Realized production will continue with at least one assignment per semester as well as production work related to practicum credits or graduate stipends.

    Year 3

    Students design a fully supported main stage thesis project and intern at substantial professional theater or an equivalent producing organization. The final requirement is the presentation of a digital and traditional "exit portfolio" and website that meet prevailing professional standards. Graduates should be able to pass the portfolio review portion of the United Scenic Artists Union exam or gain entry into a significant regional or Broadway design studio.

    STAGECRAFT INSTITUTE OF LAS VEGAS

    Auditioning

    Any college-age technician/designer

    Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas is a longtime partner with KCACTF. We share the belief that students are capable of so much more than we can even imagine and that with opportunity and support, anything is possible. SILV is an 8-week intensive summer training program based on hands-on high-level technology for fast-tracking career skill training. The drive to work in the industry of live entertainment is what all of our students bring to the table. SILV students come with a wide range of previous experience and they all move ahead together. Becoming part of the SILV family will add hundreds of SILV alumni, faculty, friends, and partners to your career resources. Our alumni have been working in all aspects of live entertainment all around the world.

    In normal times our classes are all in-person in Las Vegas. Last summer was clearly a pivot with our first-ever virtual program. Our goal remained the same: train our students on cutting edge technology and to become exemplary collaborators. We just reinvented some of our hows1 We accept students based solely on their potential to succeed, and to date, we have had students from all 50 states and 55 countries. SILV 2021 will be what the world allows us, and we dare you to join us! Call Jane at 702-388-7458 or visit stagecraftinstitute.com

    THE STELLA ADLER STUDIO OF ACTING

    Auditioning

    Any college-age performer

    The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York and Art of Acting Studio in Los Angeles are excited to attend KCACTF's Next Step auditions. Actors may audition for programs including: 3-Year Conservatory, 2-Year Evening Conservatory, LA Conservatory, or summer programs including the Summer Conservatory, Shakespeare Intensive, Chekhov Intensive, Physical Theater Intensive, Musical Theater Intensive, and Black Arts Intensive. Through auditions, the studio is seeking to connect with the most gifted, ambitious actors who have an appetite for rigorous training and an interest in studying acting in New York or Los Angeles to take their craft to the next level. Founded in 1949, the Stella Adler Studio occupies a unique place in the history of both theater and actor training in the United States. Rooted in the spirit of Stella Adler, and the insight that growth as an actor and growth as a human being are synonymous, students are challenged on every level by world-class faculty and by a mission to nurture theater artists so that they value humanity, their own and others, as their first priority, while bringing art and education to the community. Alumni include Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Warren Beatty, Elaine Stritch, among many others.

    THE UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS
    PIG IRON THEATRE COMPANY

    University of the Arts/Pig Iron Theatre Company MFA in Devised Performance
    Graduate Training Program Audition

    Auditioning

    Well-rounded theatre artists looking to continue their training in an MFA in Devised Performance.

    The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Devised Performance, a collaboration between UArts and Pig Iron, is one of the first programs of its kind, marrying ensemble theatre practice with the rigors of graduate education. The program brings together daring and passionate theatre artists from around the globe to train their bodies and imaginations, creating original performance works in response to the world around us. Pig Iron Theatre Company, described by The New York Times as "one of the few groups successfully taking theater in new directions", brings to the program over 20 years of award-winning devised work that is rooted in Lecoq pedagogy. The unique MFA program is directed by Pig Iron co-founder Quinn Bauriedel within the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts. A graduate degree in Devised Performance that combines the groundbreaking programming created by Pig Iron with the collaboration of the Brind School enables students to not only become a practitioner in the theatre world today, but to define and lead the theater of tomorrow.

    For more information: https://www.uarts.edu/academics/graduate/mfa-devised-performance

    UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
    MFA ACTING PROGRAM
    AFRICAN-AMERICAN THEATRE PROGRAM

    Auditioning

    Graduating seniors looking to continue their training in an MFA Acting Program. Students interested in participating in the African-American Theatre Program

    The mission of the UofL MFA Acting Program is to create Art in Action: theatre that is engaged and inclusive, rigorous and enjoyable, thoughtful and transformative. Theatre Arts at UofL challenges students to become critical thinkers who take pleasure connecting with local, national, and global communities through live performance. Graduates explore the world with the courage, discipline, and practical skills required of theatre artists—imagination, empathy, research, critical analysis, craftsmanship, problem solving, social awareness and collaboration. Through its African American Theatre Program (AATP) the University of Louisville's Theatre Department offers the unique opportunity to gain in-depth experience in African American and African Diaspora Theatre.

    Founded in 1993, the AATP is integral to the Theatre Arts Department. It develops theatre artists trained in the traditions of African American theatre and contributes to the movement for equity and inclusivity in the arts. The program is committed to staging works by new and established African-descended

    dramatists, developing a broad audience for Black Theatre, and offering an in-depth curriculum that includes acting and directing techniques, history, literature and aesthetics of Black performance. We are excited to offer Louisville audiences the chance to see an array of classic and cutting edge African American performances. The AATP includes two Mainstage productions a season, community service, touring, and eight courses for graduate and undergraduate students. Undergraduates can earn a minor in Black Performance Studies while graduate students can earn a Graduate Certificate in African American Theatre. These studies in African American theatre are unique among American universities.

    The MFA program offers 4 Graduate Teaching Assistantships per year which include an annual stipend, health insurance, and free tuition. In addition to training in Voice, Movement, and Acting with our resident faculty, MFA students study with professionals from Actors Theatre of Louisville and may be awarded internships with the company.

    UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
    MFA IN THEATRE (ACTING)

    Auditioning

    Any graduating senior or junior who is interested in advanced study in performance. 

    The MFA in Theatre at the University of Tennessee exists to identify, cultivate, and train individuals of diverse backgrounds who have the talent to contribute substantially to the arts of acting and design, to their profession, and to the national culture.

    The Department of Theatre offers a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre with concentrations in Acting, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Scenic Design, and Sound and Digital Media. MFA candidates undergo 3 years of rigorous training in the classroom, the studio, and in the professional “laboratory” context of the Clarence Brown Theatre, including designing main stage productions and acting in major roles.

    UT MFA programs recruit among the most elite professional degree programs in the nation. Seven to eight design graduates are recruited every other year in even-numbered calendar years: two in costume design, two in lighting design, two in scenic design, and one or two in sound and digital media.

    MFA actors enjoy national and international guest artist workshops throughout their training, including annual intensives with renowned British voice and text teacher Barbara Houseman; workshops and intensives in acting for camera, clown, Shakespeare, and career workshops with agents and casting directors, etc.

    In their third year, the MFA actors showcase in targeted markets nationally through digital media, including a master website featuring the graduating class (with links to recent alumni); departmentally supported development of professional caliber individual websites; video clips published through actors access; taped audition submissions, and more. Recent graduates enjoy representation at Abrams Artists Agency; Boals, Winnett and Associates; Dulcina Eisen Associates; and other well regarded agencies. They are at work in theatre, film, and television. Theatres in which they have recently appeared include: Lincoln Center (Broadway); Ahmanson Theatre (L.A.); the Guthrie Theatre; Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Arena Stage; the Shakespeare Theatre (D.C.); the Folger Theatre; Theatre for a New Audience; Classic Stage Company; Hudson Valley Shakespeare; the Joseph Papp Public Theatre; and more. Recent film and television jobs have included recurring roles in Hunters; Elementary; Godfather of Harlem; How to Get Away with Murder; and more.

    UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
    MFA IN DESIGN; MA IN THEATRE STUDIES

    Interviewing

    COMING SOON

    MFA in Design:

    Our Master of Fine Arts in design program is a highly competitive, pre-professional, terminal degree program that:

    Offers superior students advanced training in costume, lighting, scenic or projection design in preparation for the professional theater and entertainment fields;
    Emphasizes the development of specific production-related skills under the mentorship of internationally renowned faculty; and
    Gives students numerous internship and professional opportunities to work with more than 75 professional theaters in the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore region.
    The University of Maryland offers students not only coursework and studio time, but also opportunities to realize their designs on the main stage and in the school's various spaces in our $130 million Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

    Student designers must present and pass three formal design portfolio reviews, at the conclusion of their second, fourth and sixth semesters in the program. In addition, portfolio interviews take place at the end of the first, third and fifth semesters. Design portfolios include studio projects as well as fully realized academic and professional scenic, costume or lighting designs. The fourth semester portfolio review will include an evaluation of a pre-thesis design project (usually a fully realized design, but may include independent study design projects). The pre-thesis design project, in preparation for the thesis, will include a written component. Successful completion of the portfolio reviews will result in the assignment of the thesis project.

    MA in Theatre

    The two-year Master of Arts in theatre and performance studies program at the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) is a generalist's degree that emphasizes research and writing. The M.A. program is intended to serve as a preparatory course of study for students wishing to pursue a Ph.D. It is also suitable for teachers and artists who wish to strengthen their expertise in theatre and performance studies.

    Prospective students
    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 is the school's deadline for best consideration for all M.A. and Ph.D. domestic and international applications. All applicants are automatically considered for a graduate/teaching assistantship. You can expect to be notified that you have been accepted or not accepted by mid-March. Offers of assistantships are generally made before April 1.

     

    I think this fills in all of the gaps, but will double check.

    VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY
    MFA in Theatre

    Auditioning

    COMING SOON

    OUR PROGRAM

    Villanova’s Master’s and Certificate Programs in Theatre offer a distinct fusion of both academic work and practical experience.  Our flexible, multi-faceted degree program prepares students from a variety of disciplines to succeed on stage, behind-the-scenes and in the classroom. The comprehensive 36-credit MA can be completed in two years as a full-time student or at your own pace as a part-time student. Funding opportunities are available in the areas of Acting, Research, Public Relations, Costumes, Set Construction and Properties Construction.

    • Learn from award-winning theatre artists as you participate in our professionally directed and designed mainstage season.
    • Choose from a variety of electives including acting, directing, design, playwriting, solo performance and theatre management.
    • Collaborate with your peers on student-produced work ranging from new play development to fully-realized productions.
    • Pursue your passion as you design a unique course of study that culminates in a thesis project in the area of your choosing.

    OUR MISSION

    The Villanova University Theatre Department aims to inform and inspire theatre artists, administrators, and scholars who will impact the future of this dynamic art form.  Our culture of creativity engages in rigorous study and the practical application of theatrical theories and techniques.  We believe art has the power to transform hearts and minds by challenging both individuals and communities.

    OUR PRODUCTIONS

    Villanova Theatre is committed to training theatre practitioners through the production of professional theatre. Our four-show seasons provide exciting opportunities to work on many aspects of our productions — from acting to design, stage management to dramaturgy. Villanova’s new John and Joan Mullen Center for the Performing Arts, featuring three state-of-the-art performance spaces, is located just a few miles outside of Philadelphia, allowing students the chance to work with professionals in the Philadelphia area both during their time in the graduate program and after graduation. Many of our students intern and work in professional theatres through connections made while working on a Villanova Theatre production. Productions are directed and designed by faculty and freelance theatre artists. Graduate students are the mainstay of the season, with opportunities to be involved as actors, stage managers and production crew. Villanova Theatre productions are attended by a large subscriber base and reviewed by media outlets from the greater Philadelphia area. Since 1995, we have received 52 nominations and six Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre.

    OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION

    The Villanova Theatre Department is committed to creating a culture of inclusion that is driven by a curiosity about different perspectives and respect for the variety of human experiences. This culture is fostered both mindfully and deliberately through seeking an ardently receptive, engaged, and accessible learning environment for all.

    VIRGINA TECH UNIVERSITY
    MFA, Theatre

    Offering specialized programs in a range of design, technology, and management areas

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    COMING SOON

    Virginia Tech’s three-year MFA Program in Theatre is committed to a student’s professional advancement and creative journey. Providing autonomy for self-discovery, the program prepares students through experiential learning reinforced by fundamental practices.

    The foundation of our program lies in practical application centered in production experience and management of production processes. Each student, working closely with a primary advisor and graduate committee, develops a personalized program of study that responds to the student’s background, needs, and goals in their specific area of study.

    Features of our program 

    • Personalized plan of study
    • Direct practice and hands-on projects 
    • One-on-one instruction and small group study 
    • Internship 
    • Culminating project 
    • Paid assistantship 
    • Full tuition waiver 
    • Technical Direction

    Areas of study

    • Arts Leadership
    • Costume Design and Technology
    • Directing and Public Dialogue
    • Lighting Design
    • Prop Design and Management
    • Scenography
    • Stage Management

    For more information, please go to https://liberalarts.vt.edu/departments-and-schools/school-of-performing-arts/academic-programs.html#graduates

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