Wayne State University

Master of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre Program Admission

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

Application process

For each of the M.F.A. disciplines we require the following materials to be submitted with the application and in person:

Acting: 

Application: 
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.

Design (Scenic, Costume, and Lighting): 

Application: 
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.

Stage Management: 

Application: 
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.

Theatre Management: 

Application: 
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