We accept a new MFA class every two years.
The next class will be admitted in the fall of 2014.
Auditions will be held at the end of 2013 and start of 2014.
What is the MFA in Performance Pedagogy?
Designed to equip working, professional actors with the tools to expand their employment opportunities in teaching at the college and university level, the MFA in Performance Pedagogy at the University of Pittsburgh offers a dynamic synthesis of teaching, practice, and scholarship.
This program is based on the premise that the professional actor already has a level of craft that can be drawn upon to help create a good teacher. Therefore, emphasis is placed on pedagogical techniques in relation to acting, and, depending on the student’s background, movement or voice.
Each student is given the mentorship of an experienced teacher of performance and works closely with a mentor to create opportunities for independent studies in pedagogy and curriculum development. Students are also encouraged to develop an area of specialty, and credit may be given for study and/or certification in the chosen area.
How long is the program?
The MFA in Performance Pedagogy is designed to be completed in two years, and includes practical and supervised experience in teaching throughout the period of study, as well as the opportunity to perform with both Pitt's academic theatres and outside professional theatres, for which credit is given. It is our expectation that teachers of acting, voice, or movement will continue to practice their craft.
Who is eligible to apply?
The MFA in Performance Pedagogy is open to all qualified applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree (or who will complete one prior to registration), along with an expectation of five or more years of professional theater experience.
Successful applicants will be seasoned professional actors willing to make a full commitment of time and energy to the program. Although it is possible—and encouraged—for the actor to continue commercial, voice-over, industrial, and some film work in Pittsburgh, longer-term professional engagements cannot be accommodated within the structure of the program. For more information about applying to our program, visit our application page below.
ONLINE APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 10, 2014 (Apply online here.)
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