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Interdisciplinary, Collaborative, Expansive, and Rigorous – 2 Year MFA – Theater and Performance (New York) Deadline: January 1, 2021

Sarah Lawrence College Theatre MFA Program

Interdisciplinary, Collaborative, Expansive, and Rigorous2 Year MFA in Theater and Performance (New York)
Deadline: January 1
, 2021
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The Master of Fine Arts in Theatre at Sarah Lawrence College supports students through research and practice to develop their unique artistic voice and robust creative practice to engage with the contemporary field. With the guidance of faculty and thesis advisors who are working artists, curators, and organizers, the program offers an advanced study of theatre and performance that is interdisciplinary, collaborative, expansive, and rigorous.

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We encourage students to bring their own histories, experiences, and stories into the ecosystem of the program to share in the development of new questions, political urgencies, and social engagement.

Why pursue your MFA in Theatre at Sarah Lawrence College?

  • Our curriculum crosses the boundaries of design, acting, directing, management, performance, technology, writing, producing, voice, movement, civic engagement, and much more.
  • No two students’ course of study will be the same. Your individual program will be created in consultation with the program director in response to your background and interests.
  • We encourage collaboration and want you to bring your histories, experiences and stories into the ecosystem of the program, sharing in the development of new questions, political urgencies, and social engagement.
  • You’ll graduate from the program with a strong professional network and an understanding of how to situate and advocate for yourself in the field.
  • An emphasis on the development of original work provides you the opportunity to explore theatre-making from diverse creative perspectives, such as puppetry, improvisation, playwriting and collaborative creation.
  • You will benefit from our close proximity to the unparalleled offerings of New York City and connections with theatres and theatre organizations through internships and fieldwork experiences.
  • The Theatre Outreach program also provides opportunities for teaching placements in schools, colleges, senior centers, half-way houses and prisons.
  • We are consistently ranked among the Best College Theatre Programs by the Princeton Review.

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

The application deadline is January 1, 2021
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I’m Very Into You is a civically engaged piece led by guest artist, Sara Lyons.

Interdisciplinary – The program emphasizes theatre and performance making as an integrative process.
Collaborative – Students work closely in classes, conferences, and productions with the faculty, guest artists, their graduate cohort, and the undergraduate theatre community.
Expansive – We emphasize the development of original work, grounded in a study of historical and contemporary forms and in expansive articulations of performance frameworks.
Rigorous – Embodiment, process, feedback, and reflection are at the core of graduate curricular work.

Program Overview

The Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Program facilitates students’ development in deepening their artistic practice, building new skill sets, articulating their research and performative goals, and situating and advocating for themselves in the field.

The Sarah Lawrence College Theatre MFA Program is focused on deep collaboration, community building, and interdisciplinarity. We support performance and theater artists through a curriculum crossing the boundaries of design, acting, directing, management, performance, technology, writing, producing, voice, movement, civic engagement and much more. Students have the advantage of taking classes within the music and dance programs as well to supplement their practice.

We encourage students to bring their own histories, experiences, and stories into the ecosystem of the program to share in the development of new questions, political urgencies, and social engagement. Together we will research and practice theatre and performance to expand the possibilities of critical togetherness through body, story, and experience. 

Deadline: January 1, 2020
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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 will 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.

Required courses in the M.F.A. program:

  • Contemporary Collaborative Performance (Year 1)
  • Performance Research (Year 1)
  • Studio (Year 1)
  • Grad Lab (Year 1 & 2)
  • Practice/Thesis (Year 2)
  • Survey (Year 1 & 2)
  • Practicum (Year 1 & 2)

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Other than these required courses, students chose paths according to their interests and needs. The goal is to create an interdisciplinary course of study that builds on current skill sets and explores theater and performance aspects that are new to them.

Graduate students participate in one or more practicum activities per year. These may include season productions, guest art residencies, downstage season, independent student groups, or internships. Students take one analytical class per year during the graduate program (history, theory, survey, dramaturgy, etc.).

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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, 2020
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Faculty

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

Monthly Guests

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

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