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Master of Fine Arts in Theatre, Theatre for Youth

MISSION
The Arizona State University Theatre for Youth Program mentors and prepares engaged and innovative leaders in artistry, scholarship, education, and activism.

VALUES

  1. We create theatre and performances to inspire, educate, transform, heal, and entertain.
  2. We cultivate creative capacity as a lifelong pursuit.
  3. We believe diversity is an asset.
  4. We strive for social justice.
  5. We value joy and play as essential to the wellbeing of individuals and communities.
  6. We practice honesty and transparency in order to foster reciprocity in our relationships and artistic endeavors.
  7. We support risk-taking and experimentation to inspire innovation in the field.
  8. We critically examine constructions of childhood and youth.
  9. We build public spaces of community and collaboration.
  10. We preserve and investigate our field’s past to progress into the future.

 

DESCRIPTION
The internationally renowned Theatre for Youth (TFY) program at Arizona State University features distinguished faculty, excellent facilities, and comprehensive coursework and practical experiences in all areas of Theatre and Theatre for Youth. Faculty provide students individualized attention and focused mentorship amid a challenging and supportive atmosphere designed to educate future leaders in the field. A flagship program in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the TFY program is a vital and collaborative element of a large, comprehensive theatre, film and dance school. ASU awarded the first TFY MA in 1974, MFA in 1981 and its first TFY PhD in 1995. We cultivate our forty year tradition of Theatre for Youth and celebrate our extensive network of alumni working successfully with theatre and young people across the world. ASU TFY students complete their course of study equipped with the skills, knowledge, and understandings to become national and international leaders in the fields of Theatre for Youth, Creative Drama, Community Cultural Development, Creative Aging, and Intergenerational Performance. The Theatre for Youth program includes two degrees: the Ph.D.,(for those interested primarily in scholarly/philosophical research) and the MFA (a more practice-oriented degree). The program accepts a maximum of 4 new MFA students into the program each year in a highly competitive process.

MFA GOALS/OUTCOMES
MFA students are expected to have a general literacy in theatre by, with, and for young people in a variety of settings, with advanced literacy in a particular sub-field of emphasis.

All MFA students are expected to demonstrate advanced knowledge and performance in:

  • Historiography of theatre for young audiences and the history of education
  • Playwrights and plays for young audiences
  • National and international professional theatre for young audiences
  • Operating structures and principals of non-profit theatres
  • Education programs within theatres, including enrichment programs, and pedagogy
  • Curriculum design appropriate to age, ability, and cultural contexts
  • Facilitation skills appropriate to age, ability, and cultural contexts
  • Research in educational drama and how it informs classroom practice
  • Classroom drama as a medium for aesthetic development
  • Theatre for Social Change
  • Community-based theatre and community cultural development skills
  • Ethical considerations in theatre for young audiences
  • Professional conduct and collaborative practices
  • Aesthetic development and craft mastery

STUDENT PROGRESS
Ongoing monitoring/assessment of student progress is accomplished through:

  • Class work
  • Semester Reviews
  • Comprehensive exams
  • Off-campus professional activities
  • Internship
  • Practicum Experiences
  • An Applied project

 

1. Apply to Graduate Education

You must meet all admission requirements of Graduate Education:

  • Online ASU Graduate application form 
  • Application fee
  • Official Transcripts from each college or university from which a bachelor’s or higher degree was earned
  • Mail Official Test Scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if required, to Graduate College

2. School of Film, Dance and Theatre requirements

In addition to the requirements outlined on the Graduate College web site, the School of Film, Dance and Theatre requires additional application materials for this MFA degree. These materials should be sent directly to the School of Film, Dance and Theatre:

  • Statement of Purpose: In this statement, applicants should clearly explain their aesthetic and educational philosophies and future career goals. After reading these statements the TYA faculty should understand not only applicants’ current passions, but also why the Theatre for Youth program at ASU would be an appropriate fit to meet students’ artistic, educational, practical and scholarly goals. We are looking for thoughtful, well-informed artists/scholars/educators and citizens.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae: Current resumes are also acceptable, although acting resumes are not useful for acceptance purposes.
  • A Work Sample: A web-based electronic portfolio/link is preferred but applicants can send electronic material as appropriate. Your work sample should allow the program to see your aesthetic frame, teaching competency or skills in particular realms. Work samples are not expected to fit a particular format but rather should showcase your unique abilities and aesthetic skills.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation from individuals familiar with your work.

Mail materials to Graduate Secretary | School of Film, Dance and Theatre | Arizona State University | PO Box 872002 | Tempe, AZ 85287-2002

An interview is required for application into the MFA program. Interviews (for Fall 2016 admissions) will be held on campus on Friday, February 5, 2016. In cases of extreme hardship we will consider alternate times or skype interviews. Please contact Professor Stephani Etheridge Woodson (swoodson@asu.edu) to arrange this interview. 

Application Deadline: The deadline for receipt of all application materials is January 15, 2016. After that date admission is subject to space availability. Given the competitive nature of the program, applicants without a complete file will not be considered.

Stephani Etheridge Woodson, Associate Professor and Director of the Theatre for Youth MFA and PhD programs

Erika Hughes, Assistant Professor

Katherine Krzys, Archivist & Special Collections

Mary McAvoy, Assistant Professor

Pamela Sterling, Associate Professor

 

The School of Film, Dance and Theatre occupies ten buildings across the ASU Tempe campus, which between them comprise five top-of-the-line performance venues, eight dance and movement studios, six rehearsal and composition studios, three film studios/sound stages, four cutting edge digital media laboratories, and scenic, lighting and costume shops for dance and theatre.

Performance Venues

Dance and Movement Studios

Rehearsal and Composition Venues

Film Studios

Digital Media Laboratories

Shops and Production Spaces

Offices and Ancillary Spaces

Overview

MISSION
The Arizona State University Theatre for Youth Program mentors and prepares engaged and innovative leaders in artistry, scholarship, education, and activism.

VALUES

  1. We create theatre and performances to inspire, educate, transform, heal, and entertain.
  2. We cultivate creative capacity as a lifelong pursuit.
  3. We believe diversity is an asset.
  4. We strive for social justice.
  5. We value joy and play as essential to the wellbeing of individuals and communities.
  6. We practice honesty and transparency in order to foster reciprocity in our relationships and artistic endeavors.
  7. We support risk-taking and experimentation to inspire innovation in the field.
  8. We critically examine constructions of childhood and youth.
  9. We build public spaces of community and collaboration.
  10. We preserve and investigate our field’s past to progress into the future.

 

DESCRIPTION
The internationally renowned Theatre for Youth (TFY) program at Arizona State University features distinguished faculty, excellent facilities, and comprehensive coursework and practical experiences in all areas of Theatre and Theatre for Youth. Faculty provide students individualized attention and focused mentorship amid a challenging and supportive atmosphere designed to educate future leaders in the field. A flagship program in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the TFY program is a vital and collaborative element of a large, comprehensive theatre, film and dance school. ASU awarded the first TFY MA in 1974, MFA in 1981 and its first TFY PhD in 1995. We cultivate our forty year tradition of Theatre for Youth and celebrate our extensive network of alumni working successfully with theatre and young people across the world. ASU TFY students complete their course of study equipped with the skills, knowledge, and understandings to become national and international leaders in the fields of Theatre for Youth, Creative Drama, Community Cultural Development, Creative Aging, and Intergenerational Performance. The Theatre for Youth program includes two degrees: the Ph.D.,(for those interested primarily in scholarly/philosophical research) and the MFA (a more practice-oriented degree). The program accepts a maximum of 4 new MFA students into the program each year in a highly competitive process.

MFA GOALS/OUTCOMES
MFA students are expected to have a general literacy in theatre by, with, and for young people in a variety of settings, with advanced literacy in a particular sub-field of emphasis.

All MFA students are expected to demonstrate advanced knowledge and performance in:

  • Historiography of theatre for young audiences and the history of education
  • Playwrights and plays for young audiences
  • National and international professional theatre for young audiences
  • Operating structures and principals of non-profit theatres
  • Education programs within theatres, including enrichment programs, and pedagogy
  • Curriculum design appropriate to age, ability, and cultural contexts
  • Facilitation skills appropriate to age, ability, and cultural contexts
  • Research in educational drama and how it informs classroom practice
  • Classroom drama as a medium for aesthetic development
  • Theatre for Social Change
  • Community-based theatre and community cultural development skills
  • Ethical considerations in theatre for young audiences
  • Professional conduct and collaborative practices
  • Aesthetic development and craft mastery

STUDENT PROGRESS
Ongoing monitoring/assessment of student progress is accomplished through:

  • Class work
  • Semester Reviews
  • Comprehensive exams
  • Off-campus professional activities
  • Internship
  • Practicum Experiences
  • An Applied project

 

Steps to Apply

1. Apply to Graduate Education

You must meet all admission requirements of Graduate Education:

  • Online ASU Graduate application form 
  • Application fee
  • Official Transcripts from each college or university from which a bachelor’s or higher degree was earned
  • Mail Official Test Scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if required, to Graduate College

2. School of Film, Dance and Theatre requirements

In addition to the requirements outlined on the Graduate College web site, the School of Film, Dance and Theatre requires additional application materials for this MFA degree. These materials should be sent directly to the School of Film, Dance and Theatre:

  • Statement of Purpose: In this statement, applicants should clearly explain their aesthetic and educational philosophies and future career goals. After reading these statements the TYA faculty should understand not only applicants’ current passions, but also why the Theatre for Youth program at ASU would be an appropriate fit to meet students’ artistic, educational, practical and scholarly goals. We are looking for thoughtful, well-informed artists/scholars/educators and citizens.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae: Current resumes are also acceptable, although acting resumes are not useful for acceptance purposes.
  • A Work Sample: A web-based electronic portfolio/link is preferred but applicants can send electronic material as appropriate. Your work sample should allow the program to see your aesthetic frame, teaching competency or skills in particular realms. Work samples are not expected to fit a particular format but rather should showcase your unique abilities and aesthetic skills.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation from individuals familiar with your work.

Mail materials to Graduate Secretary | School of Film, Dance and Theatre | Arizona State University | PO Box 872002 | Tempe, AZ 85287-2002

An interview is required for application into the MFA program. Interviews (for Fall 2016 admissions) will be held on campus on Friday, February 5, 2016. In cases of extreme hardship we will consider alternate times or skype interviews. Please contact Professor Stephani Etheridge Woodson (swoodson@asu.edu) to arrange this interview. 

Application Deadline: The deadline for receipt of all application materials is January 15, 2016. After that date admission is subject to space availability. Given the competitive nature of the program, applicants without a complete file will not be considered.

Faculty

Stephani Etheridge Woodson, Associate Professor and Director of the Theatre for Youth MFA and PhD programs

Erika Hughes, Assistant Professor

Katherine Krzys, Archivist & Special Collections

Mary McAvoy, Assistant Professor

Pamela Sterling, Associate Professor

 

Facilities

The School of Film, Dance and Theatre occupies ten buildings across the ASU Tempe campus, which between them comprise five top-of-the-line performance venues, eight dance and movement studios, six rehearsal and composition studios, three film studios/sound stages, four cutting edge digital media laboratories, and scenic, lighting and costume shops for dance and theatre.

Performance Venues

Dance and Movement Studios

Rehearsal and Composition Venues

Film Studios

Digital Media Laboratories

Shops and Production Spaces

Offices and Ancillary Spaces

Have questions?

Jeanette Beck
Jeanette.Beck@asu.edu
Administrative Associate
Dixie Gammage Hall 232
Phone: 480.965.5337

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