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Graduate Theater Programs

The Department of Theater offers an M.F.A. in Theater with specializations in Acting, Directing, Playwriting, Design for Theater and Entertainment (Scenic Design, Costume Design and Lighting Design); and a Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies.

  • Acting
    ActingCourses in the Acting specialization are taught by nationally recognized acting, voice, speech, movement and dance teachers. Professional directors in theater and television are also on staff.
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  • Design for Theater and Entertainment
    DESIGN FOR THEATER AND ENTERTAINMENT Advanced professional training is offered in three artistic areas of specialization: Scenic Design, Costume Design and Lighting Design.
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  • Directing
    DirectingThe Directing specialization encourages and develops directors who want to do unconventional and provocative work in theater.
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  • Playwriting
    PlaywritingThe Playwriting specialization trains and nurtures dramatists whose purpose is to transform the way we see and understand the world. Playwriting faculty members include successful writers whose work has been professionally produced.
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  • Theater and Performance Studies PhD
    Ph.D. Theater and Performance StudiesThe degree program of Doctor of Philosophy in Theater and Performance Studies is an innovative, interdisciplinary program that offers an international, cross-cultural exploration of theater, performance and the performative.
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      UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television is a member school with the University Resident Theatre Association. Founded in in 1969, URTA’s mission is to support excellence in the professional training of theater artists, ensuring the continued renewal of American theater.


B.A., M.F.A. and Ph.D. programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).