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Theatre Arts

California State University Long Beach

24 months
7176 USD/year
7176 USD/year
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The Master of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre Arts - Acting at California State University Long Beach is the terminal degree offering the professional training deemed necessary by the major Theatre Arts Schools in the United States.


The curriculum in this Theatre Arts - Acting program at California State University Long Beach is structured around a first year of core classes in Acting, Voice & Speech, Movement and pedagogy theory. Additional classes include Dramaturgy, Theory and Practice of Contemporary Theatre, and Aesthetic Theory and Conceptualization. The second year focuses on the individual’s desired area of teaching specialization through a more flexible and idiosyncratic curriculum. 

Actor training covers a variety of approaches to teaching and performance theory, and includes, but is not limited to: the Psycho-Physical work of Michael Chekhov, the fundamentals of Stanislavski’s system, Psychological Realism, Non-Linear Theatre, Ensemble Playing in Repertory, Improvisation, and other technique courses. Voice training is grounded in the work of Catherine Fitzmaurice while the Speech component is centered around the Knight/Thompson approach.


Training covers enrichment and expansion of individual vocal skills, use of dialects and accents, and exploration of microphone techniques for radio, film, and voice-over work. Movement training covers body mechanics and nonverbal communication, unarmed and armed combat with safety techniques, movement styles, Commedia Dell’Arte and clown work.

This MFA also offers graduate students the opportunity to perform in a repertory-styled acting company - California Repertory Company (Cal Rep). The production repertoire of Cal Rep consists predominantly of highly theatrical work. Both national and international guest artists regularly complement the faculty. Click here to learn more about Production Opportunities for Graduate Students. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Repertory Theatre
  • Voice
  • Theory/Practice of Contemporary Theatre
  • Dramaturgy
  • Theatrical Critical Theory
  • Acting
  • Collaborative Studies
  • Movement
  • Directing
  • Writing for the Theatre Professional

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students applying for the MFA program must have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Theatre Arts from an accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA in upper‑division theatre courses, meet University admission requirements, and submit evidence of creative ability and professional intent in one of the following areas: Acting, Technical Theatre/Design, Theatre Management;
  • Admission to the program in Acting requires audition, professional resume, and interview. Admission to the program in Technical Theatre/Design requires interview and/or submission of original work such as manuscripts, designs, renderings, slides, digital images, models and/or working drawings;

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3588 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    7176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3588 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • If you are not a resident of California you must add $396 to the above totals for each unit of credit you take.

Living costs for Long Beach

1400 - 2000 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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