MFA in Theatre:
Design and Technical Production
Applications for our graduate programs for 2013-2014 are now closed.
Please check back with us in late summer for information about applying for 2014-2015.
The Department of Theatre & Dance has one goal in mind when training a candidate for
the MFA degree: to provide the tools, the opportunities and the skills for the talented
student to become a master craftsman. The mastery of a fine art requires training
in a creative environment that balances intellectual insight with practical experience.
The University of Memphis provides such an environment with a dedicated faculty, ample
opportunities to produce, and a variety of resources for theatre artists to master
All MFA candidates share in common a core of three foundation courses:
Theatrical Collaboration and Style, Dramatic Theory and Criticism, and Analysis of
Dramatic Literature. The progression through the three year program is also similar:
each artist completes a series of executed projects to develop specific skills, implement
strengths and overcome weaknesses.
Two main projects included are the Internship and Practicum. Other projects will be
assigned or approved by the graduate advising committee. Each year, MFA candidates
are required to present their portfolio to a faculty panel to maintain their status
in the degree program. The final project for all candidates is the completion of a