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Admission to the MFA Theatre program with concentration in Acting is on a three-year cycle. The current cohort of ten students matriculated in Fall 2018; the next class will begin their studies in Fall 2021. We are not accepting applications for Fall 2019 or Fall 2020.

The following is information available when our current cohort was auditioning for the program, to give future applicants some idea of what to expect leading up to Fall 2021:

The UGA Department of Theatre and Film Studies will be holding on-site auditions and interviews for our MFA in Acting Program. Please join us for a day of acting, voice and movement workshops, interviews, and tours of the facility and campus. We also invite you as our guest to that day's performance.

On-Site Auditions

On-site auditions will be held on the UGA campus in Athens, GA on the following dates:

Saturday, October 7, 2017
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Workshops & Interview
8:00 pm, Performance: Animal Farm
Sunday, November 5, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Workshops & Interview
2:30 pm, Matinee: Cabaret
Saturday, February 24, 2018
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Workshops & Interview
8:00 pm, Performance: Detroit


Off-Site Auditions

The UGA MFA in Acting program will also hold auditions while attending URTA auditions in NYC and Chicago during winter 2018. We will also attend SETC auditions in the fall of 2017. For those unable to attend any of the published dates we can arrange for an individual audition time or video submission.

Registration or further information about these auditions can be made by contacting Professor George Contini.

For applicants attending off-campus auditions at the locations above, it is highly recommended that they visit the UGA campus at some point during the admission process to audition for additional staff and to view the facility. Applicants unable to attend any of the above dates or locations should request an on-campus audition by contacting the head of the program above. Video auditions will be accepted but successful applicants should plan on visiting campus before accepting an offer.

Any candidate who is offered a place in the graduate acting ensemble must also complete both the University of Georgia Graduate School application and the Department of Theatre and Film Studies application packet before they will be considered for acceptance by the University of Georgia. All offers are contingent upon acceptance by the Graduate School. Please note that the GRE is not required for admission.

Admission is based on the following materials:

  • Audition (see above). MFA Acting program will then notify applicants if they should complete the online application.
  • An application for admission along with official transcripts of all previous academic work must be submitted online to the Graduate School. Note that these will need to be provided to the graudate school, not the department.
  • Your online application will also include three letters of recommendation to be transmitted online plus a clear statement of objectives in pursuing this degree and a résumé.
  • The departmental application/information sheet (requires Adobe Reader) should also be uploaded there.
  • Please do not send any paper documents to the department or to the graduate school other than what you provide at your audition.

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