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Graduate Theater Programs

TFT graduate students are offered advanced professional training in all the major areas of theatrical endeavor. The education is grounded in a deep sense of the history of the medium, from the tragedies and comedies of ancient Athens to the best of American musical theater. The Theater MFA programs have been designed as three-year courses of study.

  • Acting
    ActingCourses in the Acting program 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 Media
    DESIGN FOR THEATER AND ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA Advanced professional training is offered in three artistic areas: Scenic Design, Costume Design and Lighting Design.
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  • Directing
    DirectingThe Directing program encourages and develops directors who want to do unconventional and provocative work in theater.
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  • Playwriting
    PlaywritingPlaywriting 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
    PhD in Theater and Performance StudiesPhD in Theater and Performance Studies includes the study of fundamental cultural, social, ethical and political issues in the context of artistic expression enriched by historical perspective. Faculty members promote an awareness of theater as a global phenomenon.
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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.