Master of Fine Arts in Acting | School of Theatre and Dance | Kent State University

Master of Fine Arts in Acting

Intensive Training

At Kent State University, the Master of Fine Arts degree program provides an intensive plan of study in acting. It is designed to train talented and dedicated students as artists and masters of their craft. Studio work in acting, voice, and movement is central to the curriculum. Participation in the university theatre and summer seasons at Porthouse Theatre tests and expands those skills learned in the studios. Studies in theatre history and drama, acting for the camera, selected electives, and placement in professional venues complete the program of study. 

The Kent State MFA actor is prepared physically, vocally, emotionally, and intellectually to work in the profession. The faculty believes the actor must be aware and ready to function in many different areas of the craft: classical and contemporary productions, musical theatre, voice acting, television, and film. 

Training Philosophy

The foundation of the training is firmly rooted in the techniques of physical action developed by Constantin Stanislavski. The foundation is built upon by other major influences and approaches throughout the training period and provides the strongest combination of graduate level training. 

Actors study voice and speech through a sequence of classes grounded in established vocal approaches. These studies are designed to expand and strengthen the voice, provide a variety of options in speech, dialects and accents, and ensure the actor’s vocal health. Movement work incorporates Laban Movement analysis, Alexander Technique, masks, and dance. Through the movement studies the students are empowered to explore their own physical vocabulary while gaining the skills to create roles in various styles.

Professional Opportunities

The MFA candidate has numerous opportunities to connect with working professionals beyond the academic environment. Through the Roe Green Visiting Director Series connections with guest directors from important venues are forged. Internships opportunities may exist with Porthouse Theatre, Northeast Ohio's premiere professional summer theatre. Candidates may work alongside of seasoned professionals and can possibly earn points toward their membership in Actor’s Equity Association. 

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Amy Fritsche

Assistant Professor, Acting and Musical Theatre

Application and Audition Requirements

Please note, the MFA Acting program is not accepting applications for the Fall of 2016.
Applications will be accepted for admission in the Fall of 2017.

An audition is required for admission into the MFA in Acting program.

Additional admission requirements:

  • Official undergraduate transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA (or supplemental GRE scores)
  • Statement of Career Goals
  • Resume

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MFA Acting Audition Requirements

Degree Requirements

Students in the MFA Acting program must complete 60 hours of graduate level coursework. Students can expect to take courses in college teaching, history and theories of acting and space, acting, performance, movement form and space, voice and speech, and musical theatre styles. Students will also complete practicum coursework and a comprehensive project.

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