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 2021- 2022 Academic Year:

We are currently recruiting for a cohort of 8 MFA actors for admission to MSU in the Fall of 2021. We will be attending the virtual URTA auditions but will also be holding virtual auditions at MSU on Tuesday, January 12th beginning at 5:00 PM EST. Also on that day from 3:00-5:00 PM EST we will be hosting a virtual roundtable with current MFA actors to answer your questions. Contact Rob Roznowski for more information. 

We are CURRENTLY recruiting for the MFA in Design for admission to MSU in the Fall of 2021. We will be attending the virtual URTA auditions. Those not participating in U/RTA may schedule a virtual interview with design faculty. Contact Karen Kangas-Preston for more information.

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

Graduate Assistantships

Application for Graduate Assistantships

The Department of Theatre offers TA positions in:

  • 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.

Appointment Length: 9 month FS & SS; 50% time.

Graduate Assistantships offer full tuition waiver and a competitive stipend.  

Designers and actors as part of their assistantships will teach a variety of courses that may include intensive lab and studio classes, large lecture classes, and online courses.  

Qualifications: Candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree including twenty-four credits in Theatre (or professional equivalences). Once accepted into the MFA in Acting or MFA in Design, the candidate must remain enrolled and in good standing to be eligible. 

Job Expectations: Assignments include but are not limited to lab supervision, shop work, undergraduate mentoring, grading, and independent teaching. Specific qualifications are dependent on the assignment.  

Graduate Resources

Graduate Employees Union

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