The Master of Arts in Theater is a one-year graduate program unlike any other in northern New England. The Master's degree prepares students for careers as theater artists. The program also prepares students seeking terminal degrees in theater by laying a strong foundation of the discipline, developing an academic portfolio, introducing students to research methods, and teaching them to be successful in navigating the rigors and challenges of advanced degree study.
The courses cover history and criticism, research methods, script analysis, theoretical production, and theater practicum.
Students produce three major public performances, providing opportunities to hone their craft in a public forum (using the standards set by Actor's Equity Association, the union representing theater actors and stage managers).
Students develop advanced competencies in their areas of specialization. Such areas include (but are not be limited to): Acting, Directing, Scene Design, Lighting Design, Costume Design, Stage Management, Arts Management, Technical Direction, Dramaturgy, and Theater Pedagogy.
In addition, students develop advanced competencies to:
- Make effective artistic judgments in area of specialization.
- Effectively communicate artistic judgments and ideas to collaborators and audience.
- Demonstrate skills and proficiency in area of specialization.
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