Graduate Studies

A&S Theatre Arts offers a Master of Fine Arts in Performance and country’s only Graduate Certificate in African American Theatre.

Theatre Arts offers a Master of Fine Arts in Performance and the country’s only Graduate Certificate in African American Theatre. Acceptance into the MFA in Performance program requires an audition on campus, at a regional or national conference site, or via a video submission.

On-Campus Auditions and Open House

On February 2, 2018, interested applicants are invited to audition, tour our Department, meet faculty  and students, and enjoying a free evening performance of Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice, directed by our movement professor, Dr. Jenn Calvano. The full schedule of the day’s events is provided below:

  • Auditions: 11 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Visit “Radio Drama” MFA Class: 1-2 PM
  • Master Acting Class with Dr. Baron Kelly and Professor Rachel Hillmer: 2:15-3:15 PM
  • Facilities Tour with Chair Kevin Gawley and Charles Nasby: 3:30-5 PM
  • Happy Hour and Potluck: 5-6:30 PM
  • Attendance at Eurydice, followed by a talkback with the director, Dr. Jenn Calvano, cast, dramaturg, and designers: 8 PM-10 PM

Off-Campus Auditions
Applicants can audition at SETC on March 9, 2018 at the Mobile Convention Center, 1 S. Water Street, Mobile, AL 36602.

Video Auditions
Applicants interested in submitting a video audition are asked to provide a YouTube or Vimeo link to an uploaded, unedited, no more than 5-minute video. Please email your headshot, resume, and transcript (official or unofficial) along with the video link to Dr. Janna Segal, Director of Graduate Studies, janna.segal@louisville.edu. Skype interviews may follow video auditions as needed. Instructions for uploading a video and making it private are provided here:

If you would like your video to be private, follow these steps:

  1. Sign into YouTube.
  2. Click the upload icon at the top of the page.
  3. Select the video you would like to upload from your computer.
  4. Change the privacy setting from "Public" to "Unlisted". An unlisted video will not come up in search results or on your channel. Only those who know the link can view it.
  5. Then click "Publish" and "Done."
  6. Send the link of your video to Dr. Janna Segal, Director of Graduate Studies: .

Note: If your video is already uploaded, and you want to make it unlisted, go to "Creator Studio," click on the dropdown menu beside your video, click "Info & Settings," and then change your privacy settings.

  1. Sign into Vimeo.
  2. Click the upload button.
  3. To make it private, change the privacy setting to "Only people with a password" and enter a password.
  4. Select the video you would like to upload from your computer.
  5. Follow the prompts to publish your video.
  6. Send the link AND password of your video to Dr. Janna Segal, Director of Graduate Studies: .

Note: If your video is already uploaded, and you want to make it private, go to "Manage Videos" then "Settings," then "Privacy," then click "Only people with a password" and enter a password.

Scheduling an On-Campus Audition
To schedule an on-campus audition during the Feb. 2, 2018 Open House, contact Ms. Lois Abdelmalek, Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies, at lois.abdelmalek@louisville.edu. In the event an applicant cannot attend the Feb. 2 auditions but would still like an on-campus interview, an onsite audition may be requested by contacting Dr. Janna Segal, Director of Graduate Studies, at janna.segal@louisville.edu.

Expectations for On-Campus, Off-Campus, and Video Auditions
The mission of the UofL Theatre Arts Department is to create art in action: theatre that is engaged and inclusive, rigorous and enjoyable, thoughtful and transformative. Our MFA program produces work that challenges actors and audiences artistically, intellectually, and politically. Applicants to our program should:

  • Prepare two contrasting monologues, one classical (pre-1800) and one contemporary
  • Bring a current headshot and resume
  • Bring an official or unofficial copy of your undergraduate transcript (and graduate, if applicable)
  • Expect to perform a cold reading
  • Expect to provide a short response to a writing prompt
  • Expect that a brief interview with the theatre faculty will follow the audition

Applicant Expectations
A student admitted to the program will typically:

  • Have evidence of a Bachelor’s Degree and 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA)
  • Audition on-campus, off-campus, or via video submission
  • Provide transcripts of all undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate work
  • Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) prior to the start of their first semester in the program
  • Submit two letters of recommendation
  • Submit a personal statement (500-800 words, double-spaced)
  • Provide a writing sample (1,000-1,500 words, double-spaced)

Applicants invited into the MFA in Performance program must also complete the standard admissions process for the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies at the University of Louisville. Admission requirements and online applications may be found at: http://graduate.louisville.edu/apply.

For all questions concerning the admissions process, please contact Jessica Key at Jessica.key@louisville.edu or 502-852-5922.