Drama, M.F.A.

The School of Theatre offers a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Drama with concentrations in Acting, Design, Directing, Music Direction for Musical Theatre, and Theatre for Youth. The M.F.A. is a terminal master’s degree designed to develop individual artistry and provide advanced, specialized training in acting, design, directing, music direction, and theatre for youth. The M.F.A is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

The School offers a rich and varied curriculum that combines theory and practice and demands the development of skills and talents. Curricular offerings are matched by an extensive co-curricular program that includes opportunities to participate in the School’s extensive theatre production program, which includes UNC Greensboro Theatre, N.C. Theatre for Young People, Studio Theatre, Workshop Theatre, and a professional summer theatre workshop. Students may also be provided production opportunities at Triad Stage, an equity regional theatre in Greensboro.

Office, classroom, laboratory, studio, and performance space is used in the Taylor, UNC Greensboro Auditorium, Brown, Ferguson, Curry, and the 326 and 328 Tate Street buildings. The faculty of talented artists and scholars have excellent national reputations and are deeply committed to teaching and learning. Graduate students are expected to work closely with faculty on creative and research projects during their course of study.

Non-degree students are restricted from taking any 500-level course without the permission of the Director of the School of Theatre and the course instructor. Only students officially admitted to the M.F.A program can register for 600-level courses.

In addition to the information contained in the University Catalog, students are also required to be familiar with the policies and procedures contained in all School handbooks that can be obtained from the School’s Main Office, Room 202, Taylor Building.

For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.

In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School, applicants must submit a detailed resume of theatre experience and participate in an interview.

Acting concentration applicants are required to audition, Music Direction for Musical Theatre concentration applicants are required to audition and interview, and applicants to the Design, Directing, and Theatre for Youth concentrations must submit a portfolio. Please contact individual programs for specific program requirements.

Admission to the School’s degree programs is very competitive. Marginal compliance with the requirements does not automatically imply admission.

Students entering the program normally have an undergraduate degree in Theatre with a strong background in the concentration they wish to pursue. Exceptions are occasionally made for students with significant professional or practical experience. For the Design concentration, an undergraduate degree in a related field may be acceptable. Students admitted without the appropriate undergraduate background will be expected to complete remedial work, in addition to normal degree requirements.

Degree Program Requirements

Required: 60 credit hours

Acting Concentration

The M.F.A. in Drama with an Acting Concentration is a 60 credit hour degree that may be completed in four semesters (two years) for students on assistantships. The Acting Concentration is dedicated to the development of the advanced actor for professional and academic theatre. Students take classes in voice, movement, contemporary and period scene study, acting for the camera, audition techniques, and related coursework in academic and performance disciplines. The program consists of a core of acting courses and practicum experiences all students take and a series of electives the student selects in consultation with their advisor. Internships are required for students without experience in summer theatre or a professional equivalent.

Candidates for the degree are accepted every other year.

Major Studies (42 credits)
THR 532Advanced Shakespeare Studio3
THR 539Professional Theatre Audition Techniques3
THR 603Acting Seminar 3
THR 614Collaboration in Theatrical Production 3
THR 621Advanced Dynamics: Movement 16
THR 622Advanced Dynamics: Voice 16
THR 631Studies in Acting 3
THR 632Contemporary Acting II 3
THR 633Period Acting II 3
THR 690Graduate Practicum in Theatre 26
THR 699Master Production in Theatre 3
Academic Studies (6 credits)
Select a minimum of two courses (6 credits) from the following:6
Theatre History I 3
Theatre History II 3
Theatre History III 3
American Theatre History
Global Performance and Theatre
Theatre Field Studies
Drama Theory and Criticism
Seminar in Drama and Theatre History
Shakespeare
Topics in Film Studies
History of Opera
Supportive Studies (12 credits)
Select a minimum of four courses (12 credits) from the following:12
Applied Theatre II
Applied Play Directing
Stage Dialects
Advanced Physical Violence for the Stage
Acting for the Camera
Independent Study
Advanced Experimentation
Total Credit Hours60
1

Required if not in an undergraduate academic background. Three sections, 2 credits each.

2

Three sections, 2 credits each.

3

Required if not in an undergraduate academic background.

Reviews

All candidates are reviewed each semester for continuance in the program. Reviews assess the candidate's artistic and academic development and success in meeting degree requirements.

Design Concentration

The M.F.A. in Drama with a Design Concentration is a 60 credit hour degree that may be completed in four semesters (two years) for students on assistantships. The Design Concentration is dedicated to developing well-rounded theatre designers within a scenographic tradition. The program affords students the opportunity to develop and demonstrate competencies in the major design elements used in professional theatre production. Students take classes and execute realized productions in the areas of scenery, costume, and lighting design. They are trained as artists and artisans to work in the professional entertainment industry and higher education.

Candidates for the degree are accepted every year.

Major Studies (42 credits)
THR 503Western Period Architecture and Decor in Design for Performance3
THR 504Western Period Fashion and Accessories in Design for Performance3
THR 614Collaboration in Theatrical Production 3
THR 655Scene Design Styles 3
THR 656Scene Design Application 3
THR 665Costume Design Styles 3
THR 666Costume Design Application 3
THR 675Lighting Design Styles 3
THR 676Lighting Design Application 3
THR 699Master Production in Theatre 3
Select a minimum of 12 credits in the following seminar courses: 112
Scene Design Seminar
Costume Design Seminar
Lighting Design Seminar
Academic Studies (6 credits)
Select a minimum of two courses (6 credits) from the following:6
Theatre History I 2
Theatre History II 2
Theatre History III 2
American Theatre History
Global Performance and Theatre
Theatre Field Studies
Drama Theory and Criticism
Seminar in Drama and Theatre History
Shakespeare
History of Opera
History of Film to 1938
History of Film since 1938
Topics in Film Studies
Supportive Studies (12 credits)
Select a minimum of four courses (12 credits) from the following:12
Advanced Stagecrafts
Technical Direction
Scene Painting I
Stage Millinery and Accessories
Costume Pattern Drafting and Draping
Portfolio Preparation for the Theatre and Academia
Independent Study
Scene Design Seminar 3
Costume Design Seminar 3
Lighting Design Seminar 3
Total Credit Hours60
1

Students must take a minimum of 12 credits of seminars. Two sections at 3 credits each.

2

Required if not in undergraduate academic background.

3

Students may take a maximum of 6 additional credits of seminars.

Reviews

All candidates are reviewed each semester for continuance in the program. Reviews assess the candidate’s artistic and academic development and success in meeting degree requirements.

Directing Concentration

The M.F.A. in Drama with a Directing Concentration is a 60 credit hour degree that may be completed in four semesters (two years). Two students are accepted every other year. The Directing Concentration trains advanced directors to work professionally and to teach at the collegiate level. Students direct a production every semester and take a core group of directing and academic studies classes with additional electives chose in consultation with their advisor. Our relationship with Triad Stage, an Equity company in Greensboro, means that directing students work closely with professional directors, designers, and actors while at UNC Greensboro.

Major Studies (36 credits)
THR 503Western Period Architecture and Decor in Design for Performance3
THR 504Western Period Fashion and Accessories in Design for Performance3
THR 603Acting Seminar 3
THR 610Applied Play Directing 3
THR 611Advanced Play Directing 3
THR 612Directing Period Plays 3
THR 613Directing Seminar 3
THR 614Collaboration in Theatrical Production 3
THR 631Studies in Acting 3
THR 690Graduate Practicum in Theatre 16
THR 699Master Production in Theatre 3
Academic Studies (12 credits)
Select a minimum of four courses (12 credits) from the following:12
Theatre History I
Theatre History II
Theatre History III
American Theatre History
Global Performance and Theatre 2
Theatre Field Studies
Drama Theory and Criticism (required)
Seminar in Drama and Theatre History
Shakespeare
History of Opera
Topics in Film Studies
Supportive Studies (12 credits)
THR 584Theatre Management3
Select three additional courses (9 credits) 39
Total Credit Hours60
1

Taken three times at 2 credits each.

2

Required if not in undergraduate academic background.

3

In consultation with advisor.

Reviews

All candidates are reviewed each semester for continuance in the program. Reviews assess candidates artistic and academic development and their success in meeting degree requirements.

Music Direction for Musical Theatre Concentration

Major Studies (36 credits)
THR 614Collaboration in Theatrical Production 3
THR 618Graduate Seminar in Music Direction2
THR 619Advanced Graduate Seminar in Music Direction2
THR 690Graduate Practicum in Theatre 112
THR 699Master Production in Theatre 3
MUP 653Performance Studies (Secondary) 28
MUP 686Advanced Instrumental Conducting 36
Academic Studies in Theatre and Music (18 credits)
THR 605Broadway: Development of the American Musical3
THR 608Musical Theatre Literature and Repertoire3
Select four courses (12 credits) from the following:12
Theatre History I
Theatre History II
Theatre History III
American Theatre History
Global Performance and Theatre
Theatre Management
Seminar in Drama and Theatre History
Song Literature I
Song Literature II
Selected Topics in Ethnomusicology
Tonal Counterpoint
History of Opera
Pedagogy of Music Theory
Rhythm and Meter
Current and Historical Trends in Music Theory
Seminar in Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Seminar in Musical Analysis
Supervised Work Study (6 credits)
THR 698Graduate Internship 46
Total Credit Hours60
1

Must take 2 credits of THR 690 each semester for a total of 12 credits.

2

Must take 2 credits of MUP 653 a semester over four semesters for a total of 8 credits.

3

Must take 3 credits of MUP 686 a semester over two semesters for a total of 6 credits.

4

Must take 3 credits of THR 698 Graduate Internship for two semesters total.

Theatre for Youth Concentration

The M.F.A. in Drama with a Theatre for Youth Concentration is a 60 credit hour degree completed in four semesters (two years). The program follows the guidelines established by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education and seeks to educate theatre artists to take leadership roles in the growing field of theatre for youth. Students will have classes in process drama, devised theatre, theatre for youth, puppetry, acting, and directing. Process drama and devised theatre courses involve community engagement with the application of theory in practice. There is also a heavy emphasis on directing; directing projects are required each semester.

Candidates are accepted every other year.

Major Studies (39 credits)
THR 515Drama in Education3
THR 516Puppetry3
THR 517Devised Theatre3
THR 610Applied Play Directing 3
THR 611Advanced Play Directing 3
THR 613Directing Seminar 3
THR 614Collaboration in Theatrical Production 3
THR 615Advanced Drama in Education 3
THR 617Trends in Theatre for Young Audiences 3
THR 624Black and Indigenous People of Color Plays in Theatre for Youth 3
THR 690Graduate Practicum in Theatre 16
THR 699Master Production in Theatre 3
Academic Studies (12 credits)
THR 601Drama Theory and Criticism 3
THR 609Theatre for the Very Young3
THR 680The Art and Craft of Playwriting3
Select one elective course (3 credits) from graduate-level courses in THR, WGS, or HDF 23
Supportive Studies (9 credits)
THR 631Studies in Acting 3
THR 644Developing and Managing Educational Programs for Arts Organizations 3
THR 695Independent Study 3
Total Credit Hours60
1

Three sections, 2 credits each.

2

Graduate-level courses in other subject may be selected with approval of the student's advisor.

Reviews

All candidates are reviewed each semester for continuance in the program. Reviews assess the candidate’s artistic and academic development and success in meeting degree requirements.