Theatre Arts

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.F.A.


Areas of Study
  • Directing for Stage and Screen
  • Stage Design
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Contacts for Theatre Arts

On the Web

Theatre Arts

Graduate Chair

Professor William Grange


Campus Address

215 Temple Building

Lincoln NE 68588-0201

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Theatre Arts

  • Entrance exam(s): None
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Audition or interview
  • Portfolio
  • Resume

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Theatre Arts
Stage DesignAccepting applications annually.
DirectingAccepting applications for Fall 2017, 2020.
For financial considerationFall: March 10


The Master of Fine Arts in theatre arts is a three-year program offering two areas of emphasis: design/stage technology and directing.

All graduate programs combine academic depth with professional training to prepare students for success in theatre. Students admitted to the program are selected through University/Resident Theatre Association (URTA) auditions and through on-campus interview and portfolio presentation. Students interested in the design/technical emphasis should be able to provide evidence of drawing ability and/or technical skills.

Graduate courses are offered in the disciplines of dramatic analysis, theatre history, directing, film, production, and design. Theatre classes and productions are held in the Temple Building, which contains the Howell Theatre, Studio Theatre, and Lab Theatre. Teaching assistantships are available for selected students.

Courses and More

Students in Theatre Arts are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and research

Ian Borden
Theatre Studies; Acting; Directing; Stage Combat
Wesley Broulik
Performance and Directing
Mitch Critel
Technical Direction
Richard Endacott
Film and New Media Production; Screenwriting
William Grange
Theatre and Film History
Steve Kolbe
Animation; Film; New Media Production
Shirley Mason
Tice Miller
History; Dramatic Literature; Criticism
Laurel Shoemaker
Lighting; Scenic Design
Harris Smith
Acting; Stage Combat
Virginia Smith
Directing; Acting
Janice Stauffer
Costume Design
Paul Steger
Acting; Directing; Stage Combat
Sharon Teo
Film and New Media Production; Directing; Postproduction

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