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Graduate Programs in Theater

Graduate Theater Programs

Our Programs

The School of Theater is comprised of three areas which offer graduate degrees: Performance, Playwriting and Theater History (PATH), and Production, Design, and Technology (PD&T).   

Our M.F.A. programs are three-year programs which refine student knowledge of theater making with the best professional values and standards. The M.F.A. degree path provides students an opportunity to examine and uplift the skills, values, and standards which form a bridge to high functioning careers in the theater.  

Both the M.A. and M.A.A. (Master of Arts Administration) are one-year programs of study meant for students who have a pre-determined focus which can be accomplished within a relatively intensive period. 

Ohio University alumni (stretching back to the 1940s) can be found working across the United States and in all major theater cities.  

Our exceptional faculty are committed to supporting the depth and development of your theatrical practice through the following programs: 

Masters of Fine Arts in Acting  

MASTER OF FINE ARTS IN DIRECTING

Masters of Fine Arts in Playwriting

Masters of Fine Arts in Production Design

MASTERS OF FINE ARTS IN PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY

Masters of Arts in Theater

MASTER OF ARTS ADMINISTRATION (M.A.A.)

Professor Experience 

Our faculty are passionate about their careers as educators and practicing professional artists. With a rich network of professional connections, Ohio University School of Theater faculty are continuously working in major regional theaters; students are often invited to accompany faculty on these projects. 

Professional Internships 

M.F.A. students are required to fulfill a professional internship during their tenure, and many are placed at national theaters and summer stock programs.  M.F.A. performers have the ability to gain Actor's Equity points, should they so choose, by working with the School of Theater's professional theater company, Tantrum Theater.

Research Resources 

The School of Theater offers a variety of performance venues, actor studios, production workshops, and open access to modern technologies for all students accepted into the program.  Some graduate students, especially production shop managers, may be allocated additional office space. 

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