Graduate Studies

Graduate Visitation Day is Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 8 AM to 3 PM in Shumaker Building Room 139. During Graduate Visitation Day, prospective graduate students will meet with administrators, faculty, and current graduate students in their chosen field of study. Prospective students can also visit the campus and tour the facilities of their potential graduate program. Participants will have the $65 UofL graduate school application fee waived. Applications to Graduate Visitation Day are due on February 23, 2018. Details can be found on the Graduate Visitation Day website.


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

Acceptance into the MFA Acting Program requires a live audition. No videotaped auditions will be accepted. We prefer to see two contrasting audition pieces (e.g. comic and tragic or period and contemporary).  2016-2017 MFA Audition Requirements.

Research Highlights

Professor Johnny Jones extends his interest in contemporary black masculinity. He has co-authored a chapter for the book Black Women Are Loud: Portrayals of African American Women in Reality Television edited by Donnetrice Allison (Routledge Press). The chapter, titled From 90s Girl to HipHop Wife: An Analysis of the Portrayal of Tiny as Black Mother in Reality Television, shows how Tameka "Tiny" Cottle's performance on the reality show, T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle perpetuates racial and gender stereotypes in the black family and of black women.

Professor Russ Vandenbroucke is interested in how theatre can be used to promote social justice issues such as race and ethnicity. He is active in bringing the issues to the attention of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, a professional association for scholars in the field of peace and conflict studies and the North American affiliate of the International Peace Research Association.

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