MFA Theatre Practice

A project-based degree offering advanced training for artists in the field of theatre. The prospective student defines his/her area of specialization and designs an individual program of study based on his/her professional goals, in consultation with a Department of Drama faculty advocate (a specialist in the proposed area of study).


  • Participation in existing graduate courses in Drama and other areas and one-on-one mentoring from faculty advisors who are working artists and scholars in an area related to the student’s sub-specialty.
  • A two-year residency that culminates in the presentation of a creative –performative thesis project, supplemented by a written document.

Suggested areas for the Theatre Practice specialization may include (but are not limited to):

  • new play dramaturgy
  • production dramaturgy
  • performer-created theatre
  • community-based theatre
  • physical theatre
  • technical theatre
  • playwriting
  • acting pedagogy
  • theatre translation
  • production management
  • devised theatre

Ideal Applicants:

Successful applicants have an established background in their area of study, and are seeking enhancement of technical skills, artistic creativity and research methodology. Candidates are evaluated by assessing the quality and contribution of their creative work in performance, their academic accomplishment in relevant courses, and the availability of faculty members with research interests in the applicant's area of study.

Please note: Due to limited  rehearsal and performance space in the Fine Arts Building, candidates may at times be required to access resources outside of the university.

UofA Calendar description of the program

How to Apply

Contact an Advisor

Piet Defraeye
MFA Theatre Practice Program Coordinator
Telephone: 780.492.1097