MA/MFA Puppet Arts Application & Audition

Admission to graduate study in Puppet Arts is a multi-step process that requires an application to be submitted to the Graduate School and an audition and interview with Puppet Arts.


We encourage you to reach out to the Puppet Arts program via email at  with  your name, description of your interest in Puppet Arts, your address and phone number. An informal conversation with Professor Bart Roccoberton, the Area Head of Puppet Arts, and a campus visit (virtual or in-person) can then be arranged.


You should complete the Graduate School application  to the University of Connecticut, which will require transcripts for any degrees earned; names, institutional affiliations, and contact information for three (3) recommenders (the Graduate School will contact the recommenders directly for the letters); a resumé which lists your education, employment, and artistic experience, including honors and awards; a personal statement explaining your past experience in the arts (including puppetry), your reasons for undertaking graduate work, your immediate aspirations and your goals for the future. TOEFL scores are required for admission for prospective students from non-Anglophone countries. Occasionally very talented applicants are not admitted if their undergraduate grades do not meet minimum graduate admissions standards.


For those who have already been accepted into the Puppet Arts MFA program, the deadline for the graduate school application is July 24, 2024.


After the submission of the application, an audition is scheduled by contacting the Puppet Arts program or via email at


The audition process includes:


  • A prepared 3-5 minute presentation in any discipline of strength for the applicant, which demonstrates the individual’s creativity.


  • A presentation of past work through a portfolio and interview and an improvised presentation initiated by the audition committee.


Audition Dates for Students Starting in Fall of 2024:

February 2 and February 3, 2024


To confirm an audition time please contact Professor Roccoberton at


*All graduate students are admitted initially to the MA program in Puppet Arts and can transition to the MFA program in the second year of study provided their progress has been sufficient and an acceptable MFA project has been proposed.


Requests for Additional Information

For more information regarding the Graduate School application process, program requirements, or to access an application or apply online, please visit