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MA/MFA Programs / Open Calls

Opportunities: Open Call – 2 Year MFA in Theatre – Sarah Lawrence College (New York)

Opportunities: Open Call – 2 Year MFA in Theatre – Sarah Lawrence College (New York)

A 2 Year MFA Master In Fine Arts in Theater 30 minutes from NYC
Deadline: January 1.

Apply to the Theatre graduate program today»

The Master of Fine Arts in Theatre at Sarah Lawrence College helps artists find themselves and their individual aesthetic voice in an expansive art form. Under the guidance of a faculty of artists who are working professionals, the program offers an advanced study of theatre that is multi-disciplinary, collaborative, extensive, and practical.

Embrace an approach to theatre that is as progressive
as Sarah Lawrence College itself.

Students may apply for fall entry to the Master of Fine Arts in Theatre program. Applicants must have received a Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required for admission.

The application deadline is January 1.
Apply to the Theatre graduate program today»

Multi-disciplinary – The program emphasizes theatre-making as an integrative.

Collaborative – Students work closely in classes, conferences, and productions with the faculty, their fellow graduate students, and the Sarah Lawrence undergraduate theatre community.

Extensive – We Emphasis the development of original work, grounded in a study of classical and contemporary forms and in expansive articulations of performance frameworks.

Practical – Embodiment is at the core of graduate curricular work.

Shakespeare’s Macbeth directed by Will Frears

Program Overview

  • The program emphasizes theatre-making as an integrative practice. Each student develops a program of study that draws from courses in acting, Alexander Technique, breathing, comedic and dramatic improvisation, creation of original work, design, directing, history, movement, playwriting, solo performance, puppetry, speech, voice, and the art of bringing theatre into the local community through Theatre Outreach.
  • Each student’s course of study is unique. Students spend several days during registration week in one-on-one interviews with the faculty, which help students decide which “components” they will take. The program uses the term “components” instead of “courses” because it is possible, and encouraged, to take a component from the Music or Dance performing arts programs.
  • Graduate students work closely in classes, conferences, and productions with faculty, fellow graduate students, and the Sarah Lawrence undergraduate theatre community.
  • Graduate curricular work is augmented by a practicum in which students synthesize and embody their research. There are multiple on-campus production venues that offer graduate students a wide range of opportunities in acting, singing, dance, design, directing, ensemble creation, playwriting, and technical work.
  • The Outreach program provides students with teaching placements in elementary schools, colleges, senior centers, halfway houses, and prisons, among others.
  • Students may participate in internships or fieldwork in New York City theatres and theatre organizations.

Deadline: January 1.
Apply to the Theatre graduate program today»

The Return by Tom Lee is an original theatre piece that brings the traditional world of puppetry into the modern era of technology.

Program Outline

For an M.F.A. in theatre, students earn a total of 48 course credits (24 in the first year and 24 in the second). Students are accepted on a full-time basis; exceptions are made only in extraordinary circumstances.

There are three required courses in the M.F.A. program:

  • Contemporary Collaborative Performance (Year 1)
  • Projects (Year 2)
  • Grad Lab (Year 1 & 2)

Other than these required courses, students chose courses according to their interests and needs. The goal is to create an interdisciplinary course of study that explores aspects of theatre that are new to them.

Graduate students are expected to participate in one or more practicum activities per year. These may include involvement in program-sponsored productions, civic engagement placements, or internships. Students are asked to take one analytical class during the graduate program (history, theory, dramatic literature, etc.).

Apply Today

Students may apply for fall entry to the Master of Fine Arts in Theatre program. Applicants must have received a Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required for admission.

The application deadline is January 1.
Apply to the Theatre graduate program online»

Faculty

A caring and generous faculty support your creative practice and growth. Some of the faculty include:

Monthly Guests

Each month, the school invites nationally and internationally recognized artists to mentor and lead workshops during Grad Lab classes. Some of the past guests have included:

Deadline: January 1.
Apply to the Theatre graduate program online»

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