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Graduate MFA Performance

Graduate Acting

THE PROFESSIONAL ACTOR TRAINING PROGRAM/MFA in Acting

The values of an artist. The craft of an actor. A bridge to the business.

The Professional Actor Training Program prepares advanced students for careers as professional actors. Led by a faculty of working theater practitioners, the school offers a rigorous three-year M.F.A. conservatory program. Recruiting a class once every three years, each student is closely mentored by a faculty committed to a unified vision and individual student growth.  The training is dedicated to producing well-rounded, skillful, and creative actor/artists. To meet the demands of the 21st century, actors must have a working knowledge of many styles and be adept at working in any medium. To accomplish this they must have a clear approach to the craft of acting.  We offer a detailed progression in acting, voice and movement, the essential components of the three-year program. Additional coursework will include text analysis, special areas of voice and movement, devised performance work, audition technique, and on-camera technique.

The Acting Studio:

With a strong foundation in the Meisner Technique, the first year of training puts rigorous emphasis on the authentic use of self, the reality of doing, the awakening of the emotional life, and the collaborative process. The second year of training focuses on creating complex characters through the application of the foundation work to scenes, exercises and performance. The third year more fully integrates the classical repertoire, encompassing a wide range of period style work, from Shakespeare and the Greeks through Chekhov and Coward. In the third year, students will also work with a wide range of industry professionals and hone their audition technique and business acumen in classroom and professional settings.

Performance Opportunities:

Every actor performs a minimum of one role per semester. This can be in the Division of Theater’s main stage offerings or in its studio or laboratory productions. Actors also work extensively in the development and production of new plays, both in workshop and in the yearly Seabury Quinn Jr., Playwright’s Festival in collaboration with the students in the MFA Playwriting Program. Collaborations with the School of Film are frequent, and actors will have ample opportunity to work on camera. In all cases, special emphasis is placed on the student’s ability to synthesize the work of the studio with the practical realities of his or her casting.

Assessment and Admission:

There is continual communication among the performance faculty members aimed at monitoring and advancing the training of each student. Semester evaluations inform students of their progress and outline specific strengths and weaknesses.  Students demonstrating consistent growth are invited by the faculty to continue in the succeeding year of training.

Admission to the program is by interview and audition at the annual U/RTA sites and at scheduled auditions on campus. The PATP is open to a limited number of talented, mature, and motivated students. A class was accepted for admission in the fall of 2012.  The next class will be accepted in the fall of 2015.

Summer Opportunities:

Most actors will be offered the opportunity to be involved in a full summer of performance activities at the Monomoy Theatre on Cape Cod. Operated in conjunction with the Ohio University School of Theater, Monomoy has been one of the most enduring and popular attractions on the Cape for more than 50 years.

Internship Opportunities:

Internships are required, and a range of professional internships are available to all MFA candidates in acting.

For additional information, contact Shelley Delaney, Head of the Professional Actor Training Program.


SAMPLE PROGRAM MFA in ACTING
90 CREDIT HOURS MINIMUM *
YEAR ONE
FALL     SPRING  
Theater studies: THAR 5010 3 credits THAR 5111 - Acting II 3 credits
THAR 5110 - Acting I 3 credits THAR 5161 - Movement II 3 credits
THAR 5160 - Movement I 3 credits THAR 5171 - Voice and Speech II 3 credits
THAR 5170 - Voice and Speech I 3 credits THAR 5100 - Acting Practicum 3 credits
THAR 5100 - Acting Practicum 3 credits Theater Studies Elective 3 credits
Elective 3 credits Elective 3 credits
  18 credits     18 credits
YEAR TWO
FALL     SPRING  
THAR 6110 - Acting III 3 credits THAR 6111 - Acting IV 3 credits
THAR 6160 - Physical Theater I 3 credits THAR 6161 - Physical Theater II 3 credits
THAR 6170 - Voice and Speech III 3 credits THAR 6171 - Voice and Speech IV 3 credits
THAR 6100 - Acting Practicum 3 credits THAR 6100 - Acting Practicum 6 credits
Theater Studies Elective 3 credits Elective 3 credits
Elective 3 credits  
  18 credits   18 credits
   
SUMMER  
THAR 7901 - Internship 9 credits  
  9 credits      
YEAR THREE
FALL     SPRING  
THAR 7110 - Acting V 3 credits THAR 7111 - Acting VI 3 credits
THAR 7160 - Voice and Movement 3 credits THAR 7170 - Voice and Speech V 3 credits
THAR 6940 - Thesis Research 6 credits THAR 6960 - Thesis Project 9 credits
Theater Studies Elective 3 credits Elective 3 credits
THAR 7100 - Acting Practicum 3 credits  
  18 credits     18 credits
*The degree minimum is 90 credits, however, a full load for funding purposes is considered to be 108 credits


 

 

Shelley Delaney

Associate Professor of Performance- Head Performance

Laura Parrotti

Associate Professor of Performance

Brian Evans

Assistant Professor of Performance

Rebecca VerNooy

Assistant Professor of Performance