Wayne State University

Graduate Admissions - Theatre

  • Admission to any graduate level degree program in the Department of Theatre and Dance is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School.  https://wayne.edu/admissions/graduate/

  • Applicants must have at least a 3.0 ('B') grade point average in their undergraduate degree. 

  • A minimum of fifteen semester credits in the area of specialization is preferred. 

Upcoming Regional Auditions:

URTA New York (Stage management)

Jan 19-22, 2018 - http://urta.com/events-hub/

URTA Chicago (Scenery, Costume, Lighting Design & Stage Management)

Jan 25-28, 2018 - http://urta.com/events-hub/

SETC (Scenery, Costume, Lighting Design & Stage Management)

March 8-10, 2018 - https://www.setc.org/auditions/school-recruiting/

USITT (Scenery, Costume, Lighting Design & Stage Management)

Fort Lauderdale, FL - March 14-17, 2018 - http://www.usitt.org/

To set up an audition/interview or for more information about applying to the M.F.A  program, call (313) 577-3508 or email jchavez@wayne.edu.

To set up an appointment please call 313-577-3508 or email theatreanddance@wayne.edu

MFA - Theatre (Performance)

Application requirements: 
A headshot;  a resume; 3 or 4 letters of recommendation; unofficial transcripts.                                                                           

Audition requirements: 
Candidates for the acting program are required to audition in person. Each candidate must present two memorized audition pieces: a classical selection in verse and a modern or contemporary phrase piece. The total time of this presentation should not exceed four minutes. Candidates will be interviewed briefly following the audition.

MFA - Design (Scene, Costume, and Lighting)

Application requirements: 
A resume; 3 or 4 letters of recommendation; unofficial transcripts; samples of design work (submitted electronically).

Interview requirements: 
Candidates for each of the design programs must bring a design portfolio. The portfolio should convey information about the ability of the candidate to express artistically, to be sensitive to the dramatic materials, to work with space, and to use color, form and research materials. Each piece in the portfolio must be marked with the candidate's name, the name of the play, the date of the piece, and whether it was realized in production.

MFA - Stage Management

Application requirements: 
A resume; 3 or 4 letters of recommendation; unofficial transcripts; a sample of prompt book (submitted electronically).

Interview requirements: 
Candidates for the Stage Management program are required to be interviewed in person. For the application, applicants are required to bring examples of their prompt books, writing, and other materials such as schedules and programs to support their candidacy.

MFA - Theatre Management

Application requirements: 
A resume; 3 or 4 letters of recommendation; unofficial transcripts; 3 samples of writing (business letters, memos, press releases, brochures, term papers, etc.).

Interview requirements: 
Candidates for the Theatre Management program are required to be interviewed in person. For the application, applicants are required to bring samples of their writing — such as letters, brochures, and press releases — and other materials (such as layouts, videos, artwork, and budgets) to support their candidacy.

Admission is based off audition and/or interview and you must also be admitted by The Graduate School at Wayne State University: Graduate School Application

MA - Arts Administration (Theatre Management, Gallery Management, Music Business)

Application requirements: 
A personal statement discussing your academic and professional goals, 3 letters of recommendation