36 months
29452 USD/year
29452 USD/year
12537 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Louisiana State University MFA in Acting Program provides rigorous physical, vocal, emotional, and critical actor training approaches.


About the programme

The MFA Acting students are the primary acting pool for the Louisiana State University Equity resident theatre company, Swine Palace. To promote holistic actors, candidates create and perform a 20-minute solo work of theatre as their thesis, concluding with an oral presentation on the creative process. A traditional written thesis option is also available.   

The training offers daily practice and seeks to develop the actor’s body, voice, imagination, and critical thinking, all of which enables actors to live truthfully and playfully within given circumstances. Actors are encouraged to free themselves from unnecessary tensions and to be responsive to the full range of internal and external impulses for action with boldness and courage.

The Acting program provides in-depth actor training in contemporary and classic texts with a focus in both theatre and film. The Louisiana State University School of Theatre is the central home of Seven Pillars Acting, a modern and comprehensive acting technique based in Meisner and Stanislavski teachings. MFA acting students study Seven Pillars Acting in their first year and progress in their second year to focus on application skills, style, and heightened text. Graduate students may have the opportunity to earn a Seven Pillars Acting Teaching Certification. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Directing
  • Acting
  • Stage Make-Up
  • Voice and Speech Studies
  • Narrative

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  •  a professional actor headshot
  • an acting resumé
  • a statement of purpose detailing why you are pursuing graduate training at LSU
  •  three letters of recommendation
  • A link to a YouTube audition video no longer than 3 minutes. Please perform a minimum of two contrasting monologues of one minute each. After your pieces, take some time to speak about your career goals and how LSU is key to your plans.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29452 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29452 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    29452 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29452 USD per year during 36 months.
  • In-State

    12537 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12537 USD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Baton Rouge

900 - 1400 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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