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    • MFA in Acting

      Theater, film, and television demand fearless, creatively inspired, and technically skilled performers to bring stories to life. The School of Drama's three-year MFA in Acting offers rigorous, collaborative training, and a rich array of projects and performance opportunities for students who wish to enter the profession as unique, adaptive, and highly valued artists.

      The School of Drama’s MFA programs are not accepting applications for the 2020–2021 academic year. The School is in the process of developing a new MFA aimed at transforming advanced performing arts training for dramatic artists. For the most up-to-date news on the MFA at the School of Drama, please contact

      • Degree Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
      • Credits 137 credits
      • Format Full-time
      • Duration 3 years
      • Start Term Fall

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      The School of Drama's faculty of top working theater artists bring professionalism and currency of practice to the classroom, providing a training regimen in acting, voice, speech, and movement that is practical, relevant, artistically inspiring, and designed to build the student's capacity for excellence.  

      Working in multidisciplinary ensembles, actors are extensively involved in the imaginative exploration of classic texts and the development of new plays, performance pieces, and films. Exploring a wide range of styles, genres, forms, and ways of making theater, actors hone and synthesize their technical and creative skills through presentation, performance, and production, both onstage and on camera.

      With New York City as its backdrop, the acting program offers the opportunity to work with some of the most exciting and acclaimed guest artists in the world. Our actors are introduced to casting directors, agents, managers, producers, and other industry leaders.

      Because we believe that the best theater emerges from an intelligent and passionate fusion of writing, directing, and acting, we are committed to the art and skills of collaboration and are the only MFA program that integrates an ongoing class with actors, writers, and directors through all six semesters. 

      Program Details

      The program is highly collaborative. Acting students work with the playwrights and directors in their program to generate new work, as well as engage in coursework in voice, movement, and acting. Please see the academic catalog for the current detailed program curriculum. 

      Over the course of the three-year program, students complete coursework, training, and opportunities in the following areas:

      • Rigorous, comprehensive training in acting, voice, and movement techniques for theatre and emerging media
      • Dedicated collaborative studio work with MFA directors and playwrights led by professional artists and theatre companies
      • Collaboration in the development of new work for stage and film
      • Links to the professional world, workshops with agents and casting directors, and preparation to enter the business
      • An industry-attended showcase


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