Theatre (Performance), MFA

The MFA program in theatre with a concentration in performance re-envisions the role of the artist in society who focuses on the devising and development of new work. The program stresses the actor-creator model and fosters the conceptual thinker and collaborator through the development of skills for the artistic entrepreneur and the innovation of performance applications in multimedia and transdisciplinary collaboration that is informed by artistic integrity and social responsibility.

The school offers multiple approaches to new work development:

  • connected motion
  • devising
  • Fitzmaurice voicework
  • Lecoq
  • new play development
  • performance technology
  • rasaboxes
  • solo and collaborative performance
  • Viewpoints

In addition to core physical and vocal training, the program hosts a rich variety of guest artists each semester and offers undergraduate-level teaching opportunities, study abroad opportunities, funding for national and international conference travel, and career development internship opportunities.

During the third year of study, candidates conduct professional career development internships. In the past, students have completed internships at:

  • Chicago Dramatist Theatre
  • Cleveland Playhouse
  • Dah Theatre, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Hartford Stage
  • North Coast Rep
  • One Yellow Rabbit
  • SITI Company
  • Synetic Theatre
  • Theatre L'Homme Dieu
  • The Bali Purnati Art Centre
  • Victory Gardens

Eight performers will be admitted to the cohort every three years.

Degree Offered

Theatre (Performance), MFA
Design & the Arts, Herberger Institute for

Location
Tempe

Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Auditions

We will be recruiting a new class of MFA performers at the URTAs in New York City and Chicago in January 2020 for Fall 2020 admission. 

 

For more information about the MFA in Performance, contact Rachel Bowditch at rachel.bowditch@asu.edu.

 

 

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