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MFA Acting

The Master of Fine Arts in Acting at the University of Connecticut is an intensive, conservatory-style program designed to prepare students already possessing significant actor training for direct entry into performance careers in all areas of the professional theatre, including television and film. Master of Fine Arts level. Combining a three-year sequence of acting classes with extensive voice and movement training and a well-rounded course of studies in the art of theatre, the MFA Acting Program also offers outstanding performance opportunities through the Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT), the performance wing of the Department of Dramatic Arts. At the CRT, graduate students constitute a major part of the acting company and work with professional actors and directors on the way to earning membership points in Actor’s Equity Association (AEA), the American union for professional stage actors and stage managers in the United States. The vast majority of our MFA candidates are “Equity eligible” by the time they complete the program.

OLIVES & BLOOD at Connecticut Repertory Teatre

OLIVES & BLOOD at Connecticut Repertory Teatre

COURSE OF STUDY

MFA Acting students take formal acting-studio courses in each of their six semesters in the program. Beginning with careful examination of the tools available to the actor in rehearsal and performance, we lead students through a variety of acting styles. Suzuki training techniques are offered each semester during the course of study and provide a base of physical and vocal training. In a disciplined conservatory setting, acting students work on a wide range of plays, from contemporary and modern theatre before progressing to more advanced work with Shakespeare and other poetic dramatists. In the final year, the performance study focuses on styles of comic acting as well as techniques for approaching the great experimental plays of the twentieth century. Acting for the Media is also a recommended course for MFA Acting students. These core-acting courses are supplemented and enhanced by required courses in Movement for the Actor, Voice and Diction, Stage Dialects, Jazz Dance and Historical Dance Styles. Finally, courses in Musical Theatre Dance and Stage Combat are available and highly recommended as are Singing courses through the UConn Music Department. MFA Acting students also are required to take some coursework in Theatre History and Dramatic Literature. A wide range of courses to fulfill this requirement is available within the department, and additional non-required courses in Dramatic Literature are available from the Department of English.

CLASS DIRECTORY

The following is a partial list of the actual dramatic arts courses you will take in order to complete your MFA in Acting.

First Year: Fall Semester

DRAM 5001    Breath and Vocal Expression for the Actor

DRAM 5701    Core Tools and Explorations for the Professional Actor (Shakespeare Project)

DRAM 5801    Exploration of the Actor’s Physical Instrument

DRAM 5131    Studies in Theatre History and Dramatic Literature

DRAM 5197    TBA

First Year: Spring Semester

DRAM 5002    Developing Vocal Range and Intelligibility for Text and Emotional Content

DRAM 5702    Studies in Realism and Characterization

DRAM 5802    Physical Conditioning and Techniques of Character (Biomechanics Intensive)

DRAM 5197    TBA

Casting in Productions at Connecticut Repertory Theatre

Second Year: Fall Semester

DRAM 5003    Heightened Language-Shakespeare Text

DRAM 5703    Acting Shakespeare and the Folio’s Guide for the Actor

DRAM 5803    Commedia dell Arte and Theatrical Style in the Dramatic Space

DRAM 5721    Stage Violence: Unarmed

DRAM 5197    Gymnastics and Circus Skills

Casting in Productions at Connecticut Repertory Theatre

Second Year: Spring Semester

DRAM 5004    Integrating Vocal Tools for the Actor

DRAM 5704    Acting Styles: Comedy

DRAM 5804    Expressive Mask and Physical Storytelling

DRAM 5721    Stage Violence: Armed

DRAM 5192    Singing Voice

Casting in Productions at Connecticut Repertory Theatre

Third Year: Fall Semester

DRAM 5005    Integrating Vocal Tools for the Actor

DRAM 5705    Acting Styles: Contemporary Texts, Stage and Film

DRAM 5805    Movement Styles and Clown including Advanced Biomechanics

DRAM 5197    Gymnastics and Circus Skills

DRAM 5192     Singing Voice: Individual and Chorus

Casting in Productions at Connecticut Repertory Theatre

Third Year: Spring Semester

DRAM 5006    Vocal Resources for the Professional Actor

DRAM 5706    Actor Preparation for the Profession

DRAM 5806    Physical Theatre Creation

DRAM 5700    Acting for the Camera

Casting in Productions at Connecticut Repertory Theatre & NYC Showcase

Additional requirements and/or electives in Dramatic Arts or other departments as required to total a minimum of 60 graduate credits.