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Welcome from Director of Graduate Studies

Thank you for your interest in our Master of Fine Arts in Performance Program. We will be happy to mail you a packet of information about our program, our university and our community, but in the meantime you can access information about our Master of Fine Arts and our Graduate Certificate in African American Theatre here.

Consideration for acceptance into the MFA Acting Program requires a live audition. No videotaped auditions are accepted. We like to see two contrasting audition pieces (e.g. comic and tragic or period and contemporary).  One speech should be from the classical canon, the other from the modern period. Audition pieces normally run 60 and sometimes 90 seconds per speech. 

We typically have auditors at the Southeast Theatre Conference (SETC) as well, so if you plan to attend, please let us know so that arrangements can be made to see you there.

Each year our Department offers Graduate Teaching Assistantships for the MFA Program on a highly competitive basis. All applicants to the MFA program are automatically considered for Graduate Teaching Assistantships.  No additional assistantship application is necessary.

To enroll in our MFA program it is necessary first to be admitted to the Graduate School. We recommend that students wait to apply to the Graduate School until they have had an MFA audition. All students applying to graduate programs at the University of Louisville are required to take the GRE.  For our programs the actual score is not the most important thing, but you must take the exam to be admitted. Do note that it is possible to take the exam after submitting your application.

The University of Louisvilleā€™s Theatre Arts Department also offers a Graduate Certificate in African American Theatre (GCAAT), which can be earned along with the MFA. Acceptance into this 15-hour Certificate Program requires an interview with the Director of the African American Theatre Program, Dr. Lundeana Thomas. Interviews can be in person or over the phone (502-852-8442). All applicants must have previously received at least a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. Currently assistantships are not available for the GCAAT. More information on the GCAAT can be found here.

If you intend to apply for graduate study in Theatre Arts at the University of Louisville, please be sure to send your name, mailing address, telephone number and email to Professor Erin Crites, Director of Graduate Studies.

To review the requirements for admission to the Graduate School please click here.


Click here to view course requirements for an MFA degree from UofL

Click here to view the Graduate Handbook

Click here for a semester by semester scheme to earn an MFA in Performance

Click here to view information on the African American Theatre Program Graduate Certificate

Click here to download TA 654 Community Service Information

Click here to see our recommended reading list for incoming MFA students

Click here to report GTA hours

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