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Graduate Bulletin

Theater/Acting, M.F.A.

SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS AND THEATER

Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: March 1

Applications are only accepted from applicants who go through the U/RTA audition/interview process. Auditions are held every three years through U/RTA (2006, 2009, 2012). We visit all three sites (New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco). After candidates have auditioned and been interviewed through the U/RTA process at the sites above, those accepted are notified by letter by April 15.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university professors and/or professionals in the field.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

Applicants must have a degree and/or practical experience through performance in plays.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University.

Statement of Goals:

We are interested in students for whom the desire to act is so strong that it denies the power of any practical fears. Our M.F.A. candidates should be committed to developing as an artist and dedicated to mastering the crafts and techniques necessary to express himself clearly. A physical, emotional, and intellectual strength is essential for the actor, as well as, the willingness to use it by risking himself imaginatively. The statement of purpose serves as an introduction of the applicant. It is an opportunity for the applicant to set forth his or her relevant experience, values, and areas of intense interest. It is to be in the proper essay form but may be in the personal style, and need be no longer than 500 words.

Standardized Test Scores:

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-base.

Audition:

Requirements for auditions are determined by the University/Resident Theater Association through whom we hold all auditions. Through 2003, the U/RTA requirement for the audition has been three minutes total, including a classical and contrasting contemporary piece. Check most recent U/RTA requirements.

Interview:

In addition to the audition, applicants who are called back for an interview are required to bring transcripts, a head-shot and a resume.

Resume:

A resume is required.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 60

Required Courses:

Yr 1/Sem 1:Voice/Speech Warm-up, Spch, Singing, Voice, Movement, Combat, Dramatic Lit., Text Analysis, Acting, Friday Scenes,Mainstage Prod. Y1/S2: Voice/Spch Warm-up Spch, Voice, Singing, Movement, Combat, Dramatic Lit., Text Analysis,Stanislavski Sem., Acting, Friday Scenes, Mainstage Prod. Y2/S1: Voice/Spch Warm-up Spch, Voice, Singing, Movement, Combat, Text Analysis, Period Style & Mvment,Stanislavski Sem., Make-up, Acting, Mainstage Prod. Y2/S2: Voice/Spch Warm-up, Spch, Voice, Singing, Movement, Combat, Text Analysis, Period Style & Movement, Stanislavski Sem., Acting, Mainstage Prod. Y3/S1: Voice/Spch Warm-up. Spch, Voice, Singing, Movement, Period Style & Movement, Acting for the Camera, Showcase Film Scenes, Career/Bus.Course, Acting, Acting Thesis, Mainstage Prod. Y3/S2:Voice/Spch Warm-up,Spch,Voice Thesis, Singing,Movement,Period Style & Mvmnt, Acting for the Camera,Showcase Film Scenes,Career/Bus., Acting, Acting Thesis-Showcase for Phila.,LA, & NYC, Mainstage Prod

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Thesis:

Thesis presentation for showcases in Philadelphia, NYC and LA. Through two contrasting scenes, thesis should demonstrate actor's range, skills and craft as a performer, so that s/he can be showcased for the professionals in the entertainment industry with the goal of finding representation through talent and casting agents. The thesis is evaluated by entire Graduate Acting Faculty and graded by Master Acting Teacher.

Contacts
Program Contact Information:

www.temple.edu/theater

Department Information:

Tomlinson Theater
1301 W. Norris Street
Phila PA 19122-6075
plunked@temple.edu

215-204-8414

Department Contacts:

Admissions:

Darlene Plunkett
darlene.plunkett@temple.edu

215-204-8414

Program Coordinator:

Donna Snow
dsnow@temple.edu

215-204-8652

Graduate Chairperson:

Donna Snow
dsnow@temple edu

215-204-8652

Chairperson:

Don Heller
donald.heller@temple.edu

215-204-9597

About the Program

The M.F.A. program in Theater/Acting provides classical training and is based on the concept of a conservatory. The objective of the graduate acting program is to produce creative, skilled and knowledgeable professionals in the various disciplines of Theater, television and film. We are interested in students for whom the desire to act is so strong that it denies the power of any practical fears. Our M.F.A. candidate is committed to developing as an artist and dedicated to mastering the crafts and techniques necessary to express himself clearly. A physical, emotional and intellectual strength is essential for the actor, as well as the willingness to use it by risking himself imaginatively. When the body, mind, spirit and imagination are trained to be fully engaged, the transformation into character can occur; the artist satisfies his initial hunger to act... an instinct to pretend, to play, to interpret the life around him and to open the hearts of the audience to recognize, respect and love the humanity in each character.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 2 years

Campus Location:

Main

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered before and after 4:30 p.m.

Department Information:

Tomlinson Theater
1301 W. Norris Street
Phila PA 19122-6075
plunked@temple.edu

215-204-8414

Interdisciplinary Study:

Students are able to take some course work with Film and Media Arts' graduate students and may participate, on a voluntary basis, in independent films directed by FMA graduate and undergraduate directors.

Affiliation(s):

Temple theater students have the opportunity to intern with many of the numerous professional theaters in Philadelphia, including the Wilma, the Arden, The Walnut Street Theater, and the Philadelphia Theater Company.

Study Abroad:

No.

Ranking:

The Temple University Theater Department's M.F.A. Program was rated 23rd for Graduate Theater Programs in 1997 by U.S. News & World Report.

Accreditation:

The Theater Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theater (NAST).

Areas of Specialization:

Acting, Improvisation, Movement, Speech, Voice, Dramatic Literature,Text Analysis, Stage Combat, Singing, Acting for the Camera, Business/Career Course, Scene Work, Main-Stage Productions.

Job Placement:

The program is primarily focused on training our students for careers in the theater industry. Many are working in televeision, film, Off-Broadway, regional theater and Broadway.

Licensure:

Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

The M.F.A. program does not accept non-matriculated students.

Financing Opportunities

Teaching Assistant (TA): Lab, studio and classroom teaching opportunities available. Assisting in grading papers for survey and literature classes. Academic Internships: production work, including rehearsal and performance of plays for theater season. Assistantships carry a stipend and full-tuition remission.

December 2008