Attention MFA Students and Current Year MFA Graduates!
The MFA Acting curriculum proceeds from a deep exploration of the text. Working primarily in laboratory situations, this exploration takes many forms, drawing upon traditions as varied as Japanese Noh, commedia dell’arte, the theories of Gordon Craig, and the techniques of Stanislavski, among many others. It demands rigorous training of the voice, physical dexterity, a keen analytical mind, and a willingness to take new approaches to the stage. But ultimately it is the text that is paramount, and all acting training is focused on illuminating the great works of dramatic literature. Although all periods and styles of drama are examined, special attention is given to the classics including Greek tragedy, Shakespeare, Molière, and Chekhov. Students and faculty engage in practical, historical, and theoretical research, trying out ideas and experimenting in a context removed from the demanding presence of public performance. The study of the past is intended to provide a foundation for a re-examination of the present, and as a starting point for creating a theatre of the future. The program seeks to provide a range of resources and a variety of techniques for students to use in their own ways. Ensemble work and collaboration are fundamental to the training, while constant individual attention is integral to each student’s progress. The training provided here, while focused on classic and modern theatre, provides graduates with the tools to succeed in the contemporary American theatre, in television, and in film.
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