Theatre M.F.A. - Acting

MFA ACTING IS NOT BEING OFFERED AT THIS TIME. There are no current plans regarding when the program will be brought back. 


There are elements of the actor's process, as with any artist's, which are too mysterious and personal for any methodology. Our training is focused on the areas of the actor's process that can be learned and expanded upon using various approaches. We have assembled a world-class faculty dedicated to a holistic approach, using mind, body, breath, and imagination. We begin with your instincts and give you techniques to fully access the potential you already have as an actor. Our goal is not to create you in our image, but instead magnify your own!

Your Role at Penn State

Playing your part here includes EDUCATION AND ARTS.

Education: You are first and foremost a student. You will be mentored by experts in their respective fields and learn a wide-range of techniques and processes. You are also given the opportunity to explore teaching, with the full support and supervision of our faculty. 

Arts: You will be given many opportunities to perform in a wide array of mediums, including solo, devised, new work, contemporary and classic world drama, Shakespeare, film and new media.

Students in the M.F.A. Acting program at Penn State have several kinds of performance experiences. Beginning in the Spring semester of the First Year, the Acting faculty chooses plays specifically to reinforce training. These we call the M.F.A. productions and they are directed by teachers from within the actor training program. This is a critically important opportunity to tie the curriculum to production and is one of the most important parts of the M.F.A. Acting program at Penn State.

The second kind of performance opportunity is being cast in the School of Theatre production season. These productions allow the M.F.A. actor to work with other faculty directors, and undergraduate actors.

The third kind of performance opportunity is with our mainstage Theatre at Penn State productions. Theatre at Penn State Theatre operates under a contract with Actors Equity Association. Actors are eligible for casting in any Theatre at production and can accrue EMC points when cast in a qualifying equity show.

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Contact Us

Address: Penn State School of Theatre, 116 Theatre Building, University Park, PA 16802 USA.

Office: (814) 865 7586

Fax: (814) 865 5754

Tickets: (814) 863 0255