Theatre MFA Creative Materials

Theatre applicants must specify a concentration in Acting, Directing, Dramaturgy, Playwriting, Stage Management, or Theatre Management & Producing.

ALL applicants MUST submit the following:

1. Brief autobiography: Approximately 500 words summarizing the applicant's life and theatrical experience.

2. Statement of theatrical and personal objectives:
Approximately 500 words indicating theatrical figures and/or principles that inspire the applicant.

3. Current theatrical resume

Applicants must ALSO submit materials for the concentration they specify, as outlined below:

Acting: A detailed resume and headshot. You can schedule an audtion through the online application system once your application has been submitted. First round audition dates are as follows:
  • New York City - January 28 and 29, 2017
  • Chicago - January 31 and February 1, 2017
  • San Francisco - February 4 and 5, 2017
  • International Students can audition in New York City on February 18, 2017
Callbacks and final callbacks in New York City will take place February 18 and 19, 2017.
You will be required to present the following in a 3-minute time period:
- Two contrasting monologues, one classical and one contemporary 
- An a cappella song
Directing: 15-20 minute video of a representation of your work as a director. We strongly recommend that applicants submit videos online. Auditions are held by invitation only.

Dramaturgy: Two writing samples on theatrical topics with a minimum of 5 pages each. One of the two pieces MUST be a critical/academic piece. The other may be a translation in English from any language, a more personal essay, review, article, or more creative piece of writing.

Playwriting: A full-length play or two one-act plays.

Stage Management: A production book or a sampling of materials from such book. Please include blocking notation, set, prop and costume plots, daily rehearsals, calls, memos, and shift plots.

Theatre Management & Producing: Please choose one of the following:

i. A press and publicity portfolio, size not to exceed a 1" three-ring binder;

ii. A portfolio or documentation of work you have created and produced in theatre management and/or producing, size not to exceed a 1" three-ring binder;

iii. A Theatre Manager's play analysis. This item should be in essay form, not to exceed 750 words, and should consider the management and production issues that arise in mounting a full production of a play of the applicant's choice, including an analysis of budgetary issues. The essay should also identify problems that may be encountered in producing the play and how these problems might be anticipated and solved. Work from a full acting script only.

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Interviews for each concentration will be scheduled at the discretion of the program.

The above is only a list of Creative Material requirements.
You must also submit your Application, Undergraduate Transcript, three Letters of Recommendation and Application Fee. Please see the Apply page for all information.
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a Brochure

Film MFA:
December 1, 2016

Film Studies MA:
February 1, 2017

Theatre MFA (Directing only):
December 1, 2016

Theatre MFA (all other concentrations):
January 5, 2017

Writing MFA:
January 5, 2017

Visual Arts MFA:
January 17, 2017

Arts Interdepartmental MFA (Sound Arts):
January 17, 2017
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Columbia University School of the Arts offers MFA degrees in Film, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Writing, an MA degree in Film Studies, a joint JD/MFA degree in Theatre Management & Producing, a PhD degree in Theatre History, Literature, and Theory, and an interdisciplinary program in Sound Arts.