Theatre Arts

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

  • MFA in Theatre Arts
Areas of Study

These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.

  • Directing for Stage and Screen
  • Stage Design

Online and Distance Opportunities

Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Graduate Chair
Professor William Grange
wgrange1@unl.edu
402-472-1604

Campus Address
215 Temple Building
Lincoln NE 68588-0201


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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.

2. Required by Theatre Arts

After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access so you can complete these requirements via MyRED.

  • 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
  • Cover Letter

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 Design: Accepting applications annually.
  • Directing: Accepting applications for Fall 2017, 2020.
  • For financial consideration: March 10 for Fall.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.

Description

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.

Cost of attendance

Cost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.

Courses and More

Admitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in: During the first half of their coursework, students will work with an advisor to create a plan of study — one of the essential Steps to Degree Completion.

Faculty and research

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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

Acting, Voice, and Shakespeare ClassesEmeritus

Tice Miller

History; Dramatic Literature; CriticismEmeritus

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

Sandy Veneziano

Scene and Production Design; Film and TVGraduate Faculty Associate

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Theatre Arts.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Stacy Dam.