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Program of Study

MFA in Performance Curriculum

Required Courses

Please note that total credit hours listed each semester are not the maximum number of credit hours students may take each semester. In addition to the required courses, students will be taking additional courses and electives most semesters.

Fall Semester 1st year

Course Title Credit Hours
THEA 7590 Performance Process 3
THEA 7511 The Moving Body Expresses 3
THEA 7521 Freeing the Voice 3
THEA 6510 Intro to Graduate Studies 1
GRSC 7770 TA Training 1
THEA 7500 Collaborative Ensemble (show presented at end of semester)           3
THEA 7005 Graduate Assistantship 3
  Total credit hours 17

Spring Semester 1st year

Course Title Credit Hours
THEA 7512 Masks and Physical Actor 3
THEA 7522 Standard Speech and Dialect 3
THEA 7540 Characterization as Embodied Research  3
THEA 7080 Performance Practicum (audition for season shows or propose project) 3
THEA 7005 Graduate Assistantship 3
  Total credit hours 15

Fall Semester 2nd year

Course Title Credit Hours
THEA 7570 Acting on Camera 3
THEA 7565 The Meisner Technique 3
THEA 7523 Encountering Heightened Text  3
THEA 7513 Creating Physical Performance 3
THEA 7080 Performance Practicum (optional)                                                    3
THEA 7005 Graduate Assistantship 3
  Total credit hours 15-18

Spring Semester 2nd year

Course Title Credit Hours
THEA Staged Physical Violence  3
THEA 7610 Play Directing Lab 3
THEA 7572 Performer as Entepreneur 3
THEA 7550 Genre and Style 3
THEA 7080 Performance Practicum (Students are assigned a role in season, in opposite semester that they are cast they appear in studio show with other grads or direct a piece using undergrads.) 3
THEA 7005 Graduate Assistantship 3
  Total credit hours 15-18

Fall Semester 3rd year

Course Title Credit Hours
THEA 7524 Voice for Media 3
THEA 7200 Thesis Project Research 3
THEA 7005 Graduate Assistantship 3
  Additional Courses (minimum enrollment hours are 12 for grad TAs)       3
  Total credit hours 12

Spring Semester 3rd year

Course Title Credit Hours
THEA 7300 Thesis  3
THEA 7005 Graduate Assistantship 3
  Additional Courses (minimum enrollment hours are 12 for grad TAs)       6
  Total credit hours 12

Additional Courses

In addition to required courses, each graduate student must complete any two (2) theatre courses (6.0) from the list below (As per schedule/interest). 3 credit hours each.
Course Title Credit Hours
THEA 6210 Theatre and Modernity                                                                     3
THEA 6220 Theatre and Society 3
THEA 6230 Theatre and Ritual 3
THEA 6280 Women in Performance 1
THEA 6300 Queer Theatre and Film 3
THEA 6400 Asian Theatre 3
THEA 6470 African Theatre 3
THEA 6480 African American Theatre 3
THEA 6500 The Broadway Musical and American Culture 3
THEA 6800 Topics in History 3
THEA 7340 History of Costume and Adornment 3
THEA 7341 History of Architecture and Decoration 3
THEA 8030 Seminar in Dramatic Writing 3
THEA 8100 Seminar in Critical Methods 3
THEA 8200 Seminar in History of the Performance Arts 3
THEA 8300 Seminar in Design for the Performance Arts 3
THEA 8400 Seminar in Dramatic Theory and Criticism 3
Each student must also complete any one (1) of the following courses based on their interests.
Course Title Credit Hours
THEA 6700 Dramaturgy                                                                                     3
THEA 7580 Motion Capture 3
THEA 7710S Community-Based Theatre 3
THEA 6000 Dramatic Writing 3
THEA 7580 Performance Topics 3
THEA 7513 Stage Combat 3
FILM 6680 Intro to DV Production 3
FILM 7640 Directing for the Cinema 3

Total Credits   86

Total Allowable Credits : 102

This leaves 16 hours of free electives in any areas of interest inside or outside the department, including but not limited to: music, dance, voice, etc. Students may wish to pursue Certificates in University Teaching, African American Studies, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, Women's Studies, Organization Coaching, Asian Studies, and many more options.

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