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Theatre - Performance

Arizona State University

36 months
25200 USD/year
23544 USD/year
11720 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Theatre - Performance MFA program offered at Arizona State University reenvisions the role of the artist in society who focuses on the devising and development of new work. 


The Theatre - Performance MFA program offered at Arizona State University stresses the actor-creator model and fosters the conceptual thinker and collaborator through the development of skills for the artistic entrepreneur and the innovation of performance applications in multimedia and transdisciplinary collaboration that is informed by artistic integrity and social responsibility.

Career Opportunities

Professionals with an Master of Fine Arts in performance have successfully obtained tenure-track jobs in movement, voice, acting and devising as well as post-graduate fellowships, visiting faculty positions and adjunct faculty positions at prestigious colleges and universities across the country. The program builds skills for creating one's own theatre and theatre company and several of the program's graduates have successfully created their own theatre companies. Several graduates have become professional actors working in regional and professional theatres as well as joining established theatre companies or work within an established theatre company as teaching artists, program coordinators and event curators.

Career examples include:

  • creating and forming a theatre company
  • creating and producing original devised work
  • obtaining highly competitive local and national arts grants and arts residencies
  • performing and touring with established theatre companies
  • presenting work at national and international conferences
  • publishing articles and books that impact the field
  • working within an established arts organization as a teaching artist, program coordinator or event curator

Programme Structure

Degree requirements:

  • The first year is dedicated to intensive movement; acting and Fitzmaurice voice training; and ensemble-building and devising with a focus on Lecoq, Rasaboxes, Viewpoints and Meisner.
  • Second-year training provides opportunities for students to explore their work in a wide range of performance modalities such as community-embedded drama, solo performance, performance and technology, and devising original work. Performers collaborate with the MFA designers, directors and playwrights to devise a new scripted performance for the mainstage season.
  • The third year culminates in an applied performance project, serving as a bridge between the educational and professional worlds and the communities they serve.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.
  • Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in a related field from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.
All applicants must submit:
  • graduate admission application and application fee
  • official transcripts
  • current resume
  • statement of purpose
  • academic writing sample
  • three letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the student's work
  • proof of English proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25200 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    23544 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23544 USD per year during 36 months.
  • In-State

    11720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11720 USD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Tempe Junction

900 - 1350 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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