Theatre MFA Courses

The following is a list of sample Theatre MFA courses, listed by concentration, year and semester. This list does not reflect the exact courses for any given semester.

Acting Concentration
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First Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
ACTING TECHNIQUES
ACTING I
ACTING STUDIO I
VOICE & TEXT I
VOICE & TEXT II                          
SCENE STUDY
TEXT ANALYSIS
VOICE & TEXT II
ACTING II
COLLABORATION
ACTING STUDIO
HISTORY OF PERFORMANCE
ACTING TECHNIQUES
ACTOR-DIRECTOR WORKSHOP
Second Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
ACTING III
ACTING STUDIO III
ACTING TECHNIQUES
SCENE STUDY
VOICE & SHAKESPEARE I
VOICE & SHAKES I:
VOICE, SPEECH, SHAKES
VOICE & SHAKESPEARE II
ACTING STUDIO
ACTING IV
ACTING TECHNIQUES
ACTING FOR CAMERA
SCENE STUDY
TEXT ANALYSIS
 

Directing Concentration
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First Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
DIRECTING I
SCENE STUDY
VISITING DIRECTORS
     (THEATRE PRACTICUM)
HISTORY & THEORY OF THEATRE sect 1
DIRECTING III
SCENE STUDY
DIRECTING II
COLLABORATION
MODELS OF DRAMATIC STRUCTURE
THEATRE PRACTICUM I (VISITING DIR.)
ACTOR-DIRECTOR WORKSHOP
CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN PLAYS
 
Second Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
DIR-DESIGNER WORKSHOP
VISITING DIRECTORS (THEATRE PRACTICUM)   
optional: ADV. DRAMA CRIT:
     THEORY OF COMEDY
DIRECTING IV
SHAKESPEARE IN PERF.
FUNDRAISING & MARKETING:  TOOLS
THEATRE PRACTICUM I (VISITING DIRECTORS)
 
 
Dramaturgy Concentration
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First Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
INTRODUCTION TO DRAMATURGY
HISTORY & THEORY OF THEATRE
FUNDAMENTALS OF DIRECTING
CREATING A PLAY (2-semester course)
 
COLLABORATION
CRITICAL WRITING FOR THEATRE
CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN PLAYS
CREATING A PLAY
MODELS OF DRAMATIC STRUCTURE
Second Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
PLANNING A THEATRICAL SEASON
DRAMATURGY II (Shakespeare)
PLAYWRIGHT-DRAMATURG WORKSHOP
ADV. DRAMA CRIT: THEORY OF COMEDY
optional: DIRECTING II
DRAMATURGY PRACTICUM
STORYTELLING AND DRAMA
ADVANCED DRAMA CRITICISM SEMINAR
 
 
 
 
 
Playwriting Concentration
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First Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
DIR STUDIES: PLAYWRITING
PLAYWRITING I
HISTORY & THEORY OF THEATRE  
FUNDAMENTALS OF DIRECTING
SCREENWRITING
DIRECTED STUDIES: PLAYWRITING
COLLABORATION
PLAYWRITING II
Second Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
DIR STUDIES: PLAYWRITING
PLAYWRITING III
PLAYWRIGHT-DRAMATURG
     WORKSHOP
DRAMA  AND FILM
PLAYWRITING PROJECTS
PLAYWRITING IV
PLAYWRITING THESIS PREP
TELEVISION WRITING
PLAYWRITING PROJECTS
 
 
 
 
Theatre Management & Producing Concentration
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First Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
BUDGETING/REPORTING
PRESS, PUBL & AUD DEVELOPMENT
THEA MGMT & ADMIN I
AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT: IN LINE AND ONLINE
HISTORY & THEORY OF THEATRE sect 2
 
THEA MGMT & ADMIN II
AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT: IN LINE AND ONLINE
FUNDRAISING & MARKETING: TOOLS
LAW AND THEATRE
LEGAL WRITING PRACTICUM
ACCOUNTING FOR THEATRE
Second Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
COMPANY MANAGEMENT
ROLE OF THE THEATRE PRODUCER
DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
optional: ACCOUNTING FOR THEATRE
ADV. SEM. THEATRE MGMT I
ISSUES IN NAT'L NFP THEATER
CREATIVE PRODUCING
THEATRE MGMT SEMINAR
ROLE OF THE THEATRE PRODUCER
CRITICAL ISSUES IN THEATRE MGMT
 
 
Stage Management Concentration
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First Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
PRODUCTION/TECH MGMT.
INTRO TO STAGE MANAGEMENT
THTR. PRACT. II:
     TRENDS IN CONTEMP. THTR
SEMINAR IN STAGE MANAGEMENT
HISTORY & THEORY OF THEATRE                                          
COLLABORATION
SEMINAR IN STAGE MANAGEMENT
THEATRE PRACTICUM II: TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY THEATRE
DIRECTING FOR STAGE MANAGERS
CRITICAL ISSUES IN STAGE MANAGEMENT: CONTRACTS
Second Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
PRODUCTION/TECH MANAGEMENT
ADVANCED STAGE MGMT: PLAYS
ADVANCED STAGE MGMT: MUSICALS                     
FIELD STUDY
SEMINAR IN STAGE MANAGEMENT
SPECIAL TOPICS IN SM: TEAMS
ADANCED STAGE MANAGEMENT II: NEXT STEPS
FIELD STUDY
 
 
 
Additional courses for various concentrations and years
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Fall Semester
Spring Semester
TOPICS IN THEATRE HISTORY:
     TOWARDS A NEW THEATRE
THEATRE RESEARCH SEMINAR:
     INTERCULTURAL PEFORMANCE
INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH & WRITING
THEATRE INTERNSHIP I
INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH & WRITING
THEATRE INTERNSHIP I
 
 
 
 
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Hammerstein II
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Theatre Studies
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Mail Code 1807
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New York, NY 10027
Phone: (212) 854-3408
theatre@columbia.edu
 
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