Graduate Acting Program
Temple University offers a three-year MFA in Acting. The goal is to attract professionals interested in earning an MFA with the goal of achieving personal growth as artists and teachers. The program runs for three consecutive school years.
The M.F.A. Program in Acting provides classical training based on the conservatory model. 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 who have dealt with the challenges of a professional career and are now at a point where they would like to gain greater mastery of their craft, as well as the ability to teach those skills to others.
The Temple University approach to training professional actors is unique. It is based on two core principles. Firstly, through learning how to teach, the actor is forced to analyze his own technique in a deeper and more thorough way. Secondly, our focus is on creating world-class theater by building an ensemble approach to the work. We firmly believe that the model of an ensemble of artists is the key to fostering not only personal growth, but also ensuring the positive evolution of theater in America.
PLEASE NOTE: The next eligible entrance date is Fall 2015, and applications can be submitted beginning in September 2014.
A complete application should include an application letter, a statement of goals, three letters of recommendation , a resume, and a copy of undergraduate transcripts. To be considered, please submit a complete application no later than January 15, 2015. Once the department has reviewed the application, we will contact qualified applicants about an audition/interview appointment.
If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact the Interim Head of Graduate Acting, Melanie Julian (email@example.com).
If you have questions about the admission process, please contact Paury Flowers (TheaterMFA@temple.edu).
Course of Study
The completion of 60 credits is necessary for the MFA in Acting. The degree can be completed over the course of three years, excluding summers. Graduate assistantships are available.
Course Work Includes:
- Acting Practicum
- Teaching in Higher Education
- Seminar in Dramatic Literature
- Vocal Production for the Actor
- Speech for the Actor
- Movement for the Actor
- Rehearsal & Performanc
- Projects in Acting
Classes are small and allow for individual instruction. Students may choose to take elective courses from the other departments within the university.
Learn more about the curriculum in the Graduate Bulletin.
Requirements & Application Information
The following applies during the recruiting cycle for the class entering in Fall 2015:
- Applications must have credits as a professional actor.
- An audition and interview are required for admission into the program.
- Auditions and interviews at University/Resident Theatre Association's National Unified Auditions/Interview (NUAIs), for the next class, will be held in New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco in January and February of 2015. Additional auditions and interviews are held in Philadelphia. Those interested in the program should apply in the fall for NUAIs.
To be considered for an audition, the following must be submitted by January 15, 2015
- Complete University Online Application
- A statement of goals
- A resume
- Three letters of reference
- Official transcripts reflecting a bachelor’s degree
- $60 Online Application Fee
- Apply for an audition through the University/Resident Theatre Assocation (www.urta.com)
- Apply to Temple University Online.
- Applications are thoroughly screened, and top candidates are invited to audition at Temple University or one of U/RTA's NUAI locations.
Mail additional application materials to:
Division of Theater, Film and Media Arts
1715 N. Broad Street
118 Rock Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Visit Graduate School Admissions to apply now.