Theatre and Dance

Information for Prospective Graduate Students

Now accepting applications for Fall 2017 in all programs.

Applications for the Directing Program received by February 15th will receive priority consideration.

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The department offers the Master of Fine Arts degree in the following areas:

  • Acting
  • Costume Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Scenic Design

A balanced program of study involving a minimum of 62 semester hours of classroom, studio, and production work is required. The programs are designed to be completed in three academic years and one summer off-campus.

The acting and directing programs are now on a three-year recruitment cycle. We are recruiting for the new class in all programs to begin fall 2017. Please contact the department office for information.

Graduate students in acting may act in Mainstage or Studio productions every semester. A role in the third year of study will become the MFA Final Project in Acting. Students in design receive design assignments every semester for Mainstage and Studio productions.

Financial assistance is available through departmental assistantships. An eight month stipend and a full waiver of tuition is awarded with an assistantship in an academic year. Duties are related to the student's area of concentration, which must be declared at the time of application. Generally, acting and directing students serve as teaching assistants or teach their own sections of Intro to Theatre, Analysis, some introductory performance courses, or as publicity assistants. Design students serve as technical assistants in scenic, costume, or lighting studios, working on Mainstage productions.

For more information, contact the Graduate Program Advisors and consult the online graduate catalog.

Other information can be found on the School of Graduate Studies webpage.

If you cannot find what you need here, please contact the department office and let us know what information would be helpful on our web pages.

Sharon Evans, Ph.D.
Interim Chairperson and Professor
Office Location: 101 Browne Hall
Office Phone: (309) 298-1543


Visual Concepts for the Stage class, final project presentation


MFA, BFA and BA alumni and faculty at an informal gathering in Chicago