Acting M.F.A.

Our M.F.A. Acting program features:

  • Comprehensive training in methodology, including text and scene study, ensemble creation, realism and non-realism, the audition process, and camera work
  • Professional preparation, including auditions and opportunities
  • Voice and speech classes every semester
  • Movement classes every semester with stage combat in the third year
  • Two courses in theatre history, theory, and literature
  • Access to renowned guest artists
  • Immediate casting opportunities, including at least one mainstage role per semester
  • Summer casting opportunities with the Indiana University Summer Theatre
  • Mainstage thesis role with actor input on casting
  • Full tuition waivers plus assistantships with a stipend
  • Teaching opportunities
  • Travel grant funds
  • Membership in a large and vital department of over 250 students from B.A. to Ph.D.
  • Sophisticated university atmosphere with a beautiful campus and a broad range of academic resources and disciplines
  • Residence in a vibrant, arts-friendly community
  • Our alumni work in many professional theatres across the country—current and recent examples include Broadway, Chicago Shakespeare, Utah Shakespeare, PCPA Rep, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, and Victory Gardens Theatre

Guest artists

We bring guest artists into the studio and the rehearsal and production process in order to supplement the training and experience we offer. Casting agents, artistic directors, and prominent artists keep our actors engaged in the profession.

Learn about our guest artists

Meryl Streep master class
Master class with Meryl Streep

Teaching

Our M.F.A. actors are given teaching opportunities. We firmly believe that teaching can enhance an actor’s perspective—teaching sharpens your skills as an actor. At the same time, we are not primarily training actors to enter the teaching profession. We provide faculty guidance and support for your work as an acting teacher.

Evaluation + Retention

In the first two years, each M.F.A. actor must complete a major creative project. These projects will be seen and evaluated by the Acting/Directing faculty in the Fall semester.

Learn more about evaluation + retention

Admissions

We maintain a total of nine actors in our intensive, three-year program, and although our faculty teach both graduate and undergraduate courses, the 11:9 ratio of teachers to actors ensures that no M.F.A. actor gets lost in the shuffle. We offer personalized attention to individual artist growth.

Applications are generally considered beginning in January, and are accepted until all openings have been filled. Please contact us with questions regarding the application process.

Learn how to apply