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 first to reach out to the Puppet Arts program at (860) 486-4568 or via email at with your name, description of your interest in Puppet Arts, your address, and phone number. An informal conversation with Professor Roccoberton, the program director of Puppet Arts, and a campus visit (virtual or in-person) can then be arranged.  

You should then 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 resume 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. 

The deadline for the graduate school application is December 31, 2021. 

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 that individual’s creativity.
  • An improvised presentation with objects provided by the audition committee and a presentation of past work through a portfolio and interview. 


Audition Dates for Students Starting in Fall of 2022: 

January 9 and January 29, 2022  

To confirm an audition time please contact Professor Roccoberton at or (860) 486-4568.  


*All graduate students are admitted initially to the M.A. in Puppet Arts and normally transition to the M.F.A. program in the second year of study provided their progress has been sufficient and an acceptable M.F.A. 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 the Graduate School website.