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GRADUATE STUDIES

Graduate Degree programs in the Department of Theatre are designed to prepare you for a career as a professor or administrator at major colleges and universities throughout the United States or for a career in professional theatre.
           
           MFA Degree Programs
           MFA Acting
           MFA Design

MA Degree Programs (College of Arts and Letters)                       
           MA Arts and Cultural Management


Available Positions for 2019-2020 Academic Year:
We are not currently interviewing candidates for the MFA in Acting. The next round of auditions will be in Spring 2021. Please contact Rob Roznowski for more information. Please do not apply to MSU prior to discussion with the department. 

We are CURRENTLY accepting applications for the MFA in Design for the 2019-2020 Academic Year. We will be interviewing at the Chicago URTA and at LDI in Las Vegas, NV. Those not attending URTA or LDI may schedule an interview on MSU's campus. Contact Karen Kangas-Preston for more information. 

Do NOT apply to the Graduate school until you have spoken to the correct faculty representative.

Application for a Graduate Assistantship in Theatre


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To be considered for a Graduate Assistantship in the Department of Theatre, an applicant must complete an online application by May 1.

GRADUATE RESOURCES

Department of Theatre Graduate Handbook

Department of Theatre Recruitment Brochure

Student Services: Graduate Assistant Information

Funding Opportunities for Current Graduate Students

Graduate Employees Union

Graduate assistants and other graduate student employees of the University are covered by a contract negotiated with the Graduate Employees Union.


ASSISTANTSHIP INFORMATION

We are CURRENTLY accepting applications for the MFA in Design for the 2020-2021 Academic Year.

We are not currently interviewing candidates for the MFA in Acting. The next round of auditions will be in Spring 2021.

Each year the Department of Theatre sets aside a number of Graduate Assistantships for entering MFA students. In the current academic year, graduate assistants received a total financial package of at least $26,867 for a level 1, ½-time assistantship. This package includes a full tuition waiver (up to the 60 credits required) as well as the following benefits:

  • Medical and Dental Insurance
  • Annual Stipend of $15,00-15,500
  • Summer Support Fellowship (guaranteed one-time award) of $5,000 connected to working in our professional summer theatre
  • Travel Award (based on national presentation) of up to $1,000/year
  • A minimum of six design or production credits on departmental shows
  • MFA designers will have the chance to teach several classes while at MSU including our Introduction to Technical Theatre class, Interdisciplinary Arts and Humanities, master classes/lectures in design classes based on your expertise, and laboratory mentorship of undergraduate students
  • Each semester you take two design or technical classes and one theatre studies course
  • Access to our Equity partner, Williamston Theatre, a 2014 American Theatre Wing National Theatre Company

College, University, and Departmental Fellowships are also available. Students recruited with assistantships may expect three years of support so long as they make satisfactory progress in their studies.


The Department of Theatre typically offers Graduate Teaching Assistantship positions in the following areas:

- Acting: THR 101, THR 110, THR 201, THR 204, and IAH 241D (Integrative Arts and Humanities) as well as online courses: THR 100, THR 110 THR 330, THR 336, THR 350, and THR 421.

- Design (Scenery, Costume, Lighting, Sound, Integrated Media) THR 111, THR 111L, THR 211, THR 212, THR 214, THR 216, THR 219, and IAH 241D (Integrative Arts and Humanities) as well as online courses: THR 100, THR 110 THR 330, THR 336, THR 350, and THR 421.

Qualifications: Candidate must have a Bachelor's degree in theatre or the equivalent of 30 credits in theatre studies from a recognized educational institution.