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Theatre for Young Audiences

Master of Fine Arts, Theatre

Most programs in the UCF School of Performing Arts require an audition or interview.

The University of Central Florida offers one of the nation’s most distinctive graduate training programs in Theatre for Young Audiences. The program offers courses such as Puppetry, Storytelling and Methods of Teaching Drama and the MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences is partnered with Orlando Repertory Theatre, a professional Theatre for Young Audiences in vibrant downtown Orlando.

The Master of Fine Arts in Theatre for Young Audiences track is designed for students who demonstrate the artistic and intellectual capacity and evidence of professional promise to pursue careers in professional and academic theatre. This track is for all theatre disciplines and offers opportunities to create work with and for youth, including community-based applied theatre, teaching artistry and education, devised theatre and directing.

The program is a highly selective, rigorous, three-year professional training program emphasizing both theatre theory and practice. The MFA degree is rooted in the belief that classroom study and practical experience in the theatre are of equal and complementary value. 

Students, in addition to becoming highly trained theatre practitioners, must also demonstrate the ability to understand the conceptual basis of their art and to be able to articulate that understanding to others. Toward this end, the department will recruit and develop graduate students who can serve, along with faculty and staff, as role models for undergraduate students whose BFA programs of study are integrally connected and dependent. Assistantships also offer students teaching opportunities in the theatre department.


Students interested in applying to the TYA MFA Theatre track must be accepted to both UCF Graduate Admissions and through an audition and interview through the UCF School of Performing Arts.

The MFA TYA Track admits students every two years to start the fall semester of each odd-numbered year with interviews and auditions held early that same year.


Alumni Highlights

Nick Bazo ’09
Director of Education, Garden Theatre

Jennifer Adams ’11
Academy Director, First Stage

Lucy Lynn Bryson ’11
Education Director, Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, Brunswick, GA

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