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Graduate Theatre Studies

Master of Arts, Theatre

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

The M.A. in Theatre provides an opportunity to those with a foundation in theatre research and practice to strengthen their skills and knowledge beyond an undergraduate level. Many who enroll are high school teachers, community college teachers and developing artist scholars.

Students take a variety of classes in theory and practice while also having the opportunity to participate in Theatre UCF production and external internship opportunities.

This program provides flexibility to pursue an area of study that aligns with student interests and goals that include dramaturgy, directing, design, performance studies, arts administration and more. There is also a concentration in the pedagogy of musical theatre. Students may also have the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses during their time at UCF.

M.A. Theatre students will graduate with a deeper knowledge of theatre theory, history and practice and be able to apply critical thinking through research and creative work. Graduates will have developed dramaturgical skills through their work on productions while also understanding how to apply theoretical frames to their own creative practice.

Through original research papers and written reflections of their own work, students will leave with a strong writing and research skills. Students participate in “research as practice” activities to explore ways to integrate their theoretical and practical knowledge under the guidance of faculty.

Graduates of the M.A. Theatre program are pursuing Ph.D. degree, working in professional theatres as Education, Marketing and Artistic Directors and teaching all levels from middle schools to universities.