Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts

Major: TA
Degree Awarded: MFA
Unit: GA
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/theatrearts

Program Information

The Department of Theatre Arts offers a Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in Acting/Performance. A Graduate Certificate in African American Theatre is also offered. The department fosters creativity, collaboration, discipline, and artistry. It embraces the theatre as a means of creative expression, cultural understanding, and social development. The African American Theatre Program, founded in 1993, is integral to the department. All students are exposed to the diversity of multicultural theatre.

Admission Requirements

  • Evidence of a Bachelor’s Degree and 2.75 cumulative grade point average (GPA).
  • Audition at UofL or at a regional or national conference site
  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  • General Test score on the Graduate Record Examination
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Writing Sample
  • Department committee reviews application materials and makes a recommendation to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
  • All applicants are automatically considered for Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantships that include full tuition, stipend, and health insurance for the academic year (August – May).

Curriculum

Course # Description

Credit Hours

Requirements

TA 625 Performance Project (five semesters, 1 credit each)

5

TA 624 Graduate Acting (six semesters, 3 credits each)

18

TA 622 Graduate Movement (four semesters, 3 credits each)

12

TA 623 Graduate Voice (four semesters, 3 credits each)

12

TA 610 Introduction to Graduate Studies

1

TA 611 Theatre Pedagogy

1

TA 571 Playscript Interpretation

3

TA 620 Performance Theory

3

TA 654 Community Service in the Arts

3

TA 664 Approaching African American Theatre

3

TA 665 Tools for a Global Theatre

3

Elective (Minimum 3 credits)

3

Exit Requirements

TA 626 Thesis Performance

2

TA 600 Thesis Writing

3

Minimum total credit hours

72

Faculty

Garry Brown
Associate Professor
Production Manager

Nefertiti Burton
Professor and Chair
African Diaspora Theatre Studies

Jennifer Calvano
Assistant Professor
Acting and Movement

Kevin Gawley
Assistant Professor
Resident Scenic and Lighting Designer

Zhanna Goldentul
Instructor
Resident Costume Designer

Rachel Hillmer
Assistant Professor
Acting and Voice

Johnny Jones
Assistant Professor
Black Performance Studies

Baron Kelly
Associate Professor
Head of Acting

Janna Segal
Assistant Professor
Theatre History, Literature and Criticism

Russell J. Vandenbroucke
Professor
Director of Peace, Justice and Conflict Transformation