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Comp Exam

The Comprehensive Examination will consist of two components: (a) a written examination, and (b) an oral defense of the written examination. The written examination consists of questions that address three aspects of Theatre training: theory, history, and practice.

The questions are structured to function as springboards for thought. It is important to be as perceptive as possible in identifying the core concerns of each question so as to address them in the most comprehensive manner. The student should attempt to make insightful connections with the ideas and concepts that have informed the three years of study in the MFA program. Further, the examination is an opportunity for the student to articulate personal artistic vision and commitment to styles of theatre practice.

Normally, the Comprehensive Examination is scheduled during the student's final semester. The student is responsible for taking the initiative in scheduling dates for both the written component and the oral defense. The student's Graduate Advising Committee will evaluate both the written and oral components of the exam.

Written Examination

Oral Defense



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