Theater - Contemporary Performance

Naropa University

24 months
995 USD/credit
995 USD/credit
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The MFA Theater - Contemporary Performance program ran at Naropa University from 2004-2020 and was committed to creating a laboratory for the research of new techniques, aesthetics, and pedagogies based on an understanding of the evolution of traditional forms from eastern and western lineages.


The Theater - Contemporary Performance program at Naropa University provided tools for the self-generative artist to both create and disseminate about performative work as active social and cultural entrepreneurs.

This 48-credit, two-year program was the first graduate program of its type combining performance-making with contemplative practices to encourage and explore authenticity in the arts. Students were plugged into an immersive studio environment, engaging the body, mind and voice in performance-making.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Contemplative Training:

Students relate and appraise their commitment to contemplative principles as performers in contemplative arts meditation and training.

  • Performance-Making:

Students experiment and demonstrate use of diverse performance-making techniques and approaches to creative arts enquiry.

  • Originate Texts for Performance and Scholarship:

Students compose and produce written works for performance and scholarship that reflect awareness of alternative modes of generating text.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Meditation Practice and View
  • Contemplative Dance Practice and Pedagogy
  • Somatic Foundations and Experiential Anatomy Lab
  • Developmental Technique
  • Introduction to Extended Voice in the tradition of Roy Hart Theatre
  • Vocal Intensive: Application to classical texts and musical forms

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




48 alternative credits


On Campus

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Apply online and pay the $60 nonrefundable application fee. This is the preferred method for applying.
  • An official transcript of a conferred bachelor's degree must be received by the Office of Admissions prior to beginning graduate coursework. 
  • Respond to the following questions in a 750 to 1,250 word essay: How does your personal and/or professional experience relate to the MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance program? How will this program prepare you to accomplish your professional and academic goals?  
  • Your resume/CV should detail all pertinent academic, employment, and volunteer history with exact dates of participation.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    995 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 995 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    995 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 995 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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