The Master of Fine Arts in Theatre with a concentration in pedagogy/literature is individually tailored to prepare early- to mid-career theatre professionals to enter the field of teaching at the university or college level. The program boasts more than 90 alumni who currently hold faculty positions at universities and colleges or key positions in education departments of major LORT theatres.
Upon acceptance, you will work with a faculty mentor and the department’s director of graduate study to plan a two- to three-year curriculum integrating the practical application of teaching with that of well-rounded scholarly/academic training.
The program effectively combines classes in pedagogy, scholarship, academics, rehearsal and performance, and the practice of teaching. Additionally, you will receive training in the art of job preparation and application. Your thesis project may be related to a production or course in which you are involved.
The program requires a minimum of 60 credit hours of coursework; non-credit requirements of written teaching observations in the first year; and the submission of a formal paper/essay of publishable quality, or demonstration of equivalent by a presentation of work at a professional conference, usually in the second year).
The Master of Fine Arts in Theatre with a concentration in pedagogy/literature includes both core courses and independent studies in theatre history and dramatic literature, as well as seminars in dramaturgy, courses in playwriting in the Department of English and special topics classes. Students also serve as teaching assistants and instructors for undergraduate courses in theatre history, introduction to drama, and dramatic literature; they also work in the VCU production program as dramaturgs. There are opportunities to work in local theatres, and to create courses in areas of specialization.