Graduate Directing Program

The focus of the M.F.A. program in Theater/Directing is to develop the director as a master storyteller; a skilled, creative, visionary and highly collaborative artistic leader; able to illuminate an existing text, classic, new or devised work to realize a unified, theatrically compelling storytelling event that both enlightens and entertains an audience.

Applications for admissions to the MFA Directing program are accepted every three years. The next eligible entrance date is Fall 2015, and applications can be submitted beginning in September 2014.

Request information about the program here.

Course of Study

Year One
Year Two
Year Three

For more information, please see the Graduate Bulletin.

Application Process

The MFA Directing program recruits applicants through the National Unified Auditions and Interviews conducted by University/Resident Theatre Association in New York and Chicago. We strongly encourage those interested in our program to apply in the fall at University/Resident Theatre Association.

Applications are thoroughly screened, and top candidates are invited to interview at Temple or one of the U/RTA audition sites. After all candidates have been interviewed, those accepted are notified by letter by April 15. Candidates unable to interview as part of the NUA/I interviews should follow the criteria listed below.

Apply Online to Temple University. Additional application materials should be mailed to:

Leah Dempsey
Assistant Director for Administration
Division of Theater, Film and Media Arts
Center for the Arts
1715 N. Broad Street
118 Rock Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19122

All candidates must also complete the formal Temple University application.