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Graduate Bulletin

Theater/Acting, M.F.A.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: March 1, 2012

* * APPLICATIONS are no longer being accepted

for FALL 2012 ADMISSION * *

Applications are accepted from applicants through the University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA) audition/interview process as well as local auditions in Philadelphia. Auditions are held every three years (2012, 2015, 2018). We visit all three sites: New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco. After candidates have auditioned and been interviewed through the U/RTA process or here locally, those accepted are notified by letter on or before April 15.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university professors and/or professionals in the field who are familiar with the applicant's work.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent and ideally have considerable professional experience as working actors.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

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

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals serves as an introduction to the applicant. It is an opportunity for the applicant to set forth her/his relevant experience, values, and areas of interest. It is to be in proper essay form, but may be in a personal style, and need be no longer than 500 words.

Standardized Test Scores:

No standardized test is used to for admission to the M.F.A. Acting program.


We audition through the University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA) with audition sites in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco as well as locally on the Temple University campus.


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


A resume is required, as are transcripts and a head-shot.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 60

Required Courses:

THTR 5211:  Speech for the Actor I

THTR 5212:  Speech for the Actor II

THTR 5221:  Acting I

THTR 5222:  Acting II

THTR 5231:  Vocal Production for the Actor I

THTR 5232:  Vocal Production for the Actor II

THTR 5241:  Movement for the Actor I

THTR 5242:  Movement for the Actor II

THTR 5287:  Rehearsal & Performance

THTR 8001:  Seminar in Dramatic Literature

THTR 8002:  Seminar in Dramatic Literature

THTR 8211:  Speech for the Actor III

THTR 8212:  Speech for the Actor IV

THTR 8221:  Acting III

THTR 8222:  Acting IV

THTR 8231:  Vocal Production for the Actor III

THTR 8232:  Vocal Production for the Actor IV

THTR 8241:  Movement for the Actor III

THTR 8242:  Movement for the Actor IV

THTR 8985:  Teaching in Higher Education

THTR 9211:  Speech for the Actor V

THTR 9221:  Acting V

THTR 9222:  Acting VI

THTR 9231:  Vocal Production for the Actor V

THTR 9232:  Vocal Production for the Actor VI

THTR 9241:  Movement for the Actor V

THTR 9282:  Projects in Acting

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

No formal thesis or other culminating event is required to earn the M.F.A. in Acting. Completion of the degree is predicated on successfully completing required coursework and maintaining collegial relationships with faculty and fellow students.

Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Tomlinson Theater
1301 West Norris Street
Philadelphia, PA  19122-6075


Department Contacts:


Leah Dempsey


Head of Acting:

Dan Kern



Douglas Wager



About the Program

The M.F.A. program in Theater/Acting provides holistic actor training modeled after the conservatory approach. We are interested in actors with professional resumes who are willing to commit to a three-year regimen of study and performance. A twofold objective guides the graduate Acting program: first, to assist professional actors in breaking through patterns or habits that have been holding back artistic growth; and, second, to develop a method for training that enables actors to effectively articulate the process to the student.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 3 years

Campus Location:


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 West Norris Street
Philadelphia, PA  19122-6075

Interdisciplinary Study:

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


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

Study Abroad:



The Temple University Theater Department's M.F.A. Program was rated 13th for graduate theater programs in 2012 by U.S. News & World Report.


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

Areas of Specialization:

The actor is offered a well-rounded acting curriculum in addition to pedagogical training in teaching in higher education.

Job Placement:

The program is primarily focused on training working mid-career professionals in the theater industry. Many of our graduates are working in television, film, regional theater, off-Broadway, and Broadway as well as as instructors and professors in higher education.


Not applicable.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy:

The M.F.A. program does not permit non-matriculated students to take courses.

Financing Opportunities

Lab, studio, and classroom teaching opportunities are available for Teaching Assistants. Duties include assisting in grading papers for survey and literature classes. Assistantships carry a stipend and full tuition remission. Academic Internships are also available in production work, including rehearsal and performance of plays for the theater season.

Updated 3.20.13