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  1. If your ultimate goal is to teach theater at a university level, I highly recommend looking up open faculty positions and seeing their requirements. Higheredjobs is a good resource as is the academic jobs wikia. Narrowing down exactly what you want to teach is going to be helpful as well. What kind of acting do you want to teach? Do you want to teach voice classes? If so, do you prefer Linklater or Fitzmaurice voicework? What aspect of theater history do you want to teach/ do research on? Those are questions you don't need to answer right now, but ones that you need to consider. URTA is
  2. -Summer programs/ internships I would recommend would be any admin focused internship at a local theater near you. Literary and/ or Education internships in particular, however generally I would recommend finding an internship where you can learn something like Tessitura since it's a fairly ubiquitous ticketing software across theater and music venues. A lot of the people I met when I did my summer fellowship were also able to do their art on the side, and a fair number of them were playwrights. You should also be on the lookout for playwright festivals; I interned for Pacific Playwrights Fest
  3. Bumping, but also contributing. I've been on the fence for applying for programs this year. I haven't taken the GRE yet as finances get in the way. I have also perused the PhD programs in my general area (Southern California) and cannot for the life of me find faculty directly in the Theater department who I share research interests with. One of my buddies told me that, while he was doing his PhD in Theater, he did work with faculty in other departments and that this is fairly normal thing for our field. I know the recommended practice is to choose 2-3 faculty who share your general resea
  4. I'll be finishing my MA in December, and until then I have the rest of this semester (teaching a class and taking a class) and a summer fellowship in my field! I'm also playing on a baseball team in a Sunday league, which has been a ton of fun. I'm still shopping around for Theater PhD and MFA programs, so whatever time I have left will be dedicated to that.
  5. Thank you for this. I was looking at applying this upcoming year to USC because of that post a couple of years ago. I'd consider them if it was 75% year one then full remission, but $42K seems egregious. If you're moving to LA, be on the lookout for playwriting classes through local theaters. Ones on my radar: Antaeus in Glendale has a playwriting course, though you have to audition for it since it's through their academy. Echo Theater Company in Atwater has classes as well, and one of their instructors got their MFA in Dramatic Writing at USC. Boston Court in Pasadena al
  6. What up. I'm also doing my MA in English, but I auditioned for MFA programs a year before getting into my current program. The amount of experience really depends on the university. I found it helpful to look at current grad students to see if they have a website/ resume up, and go from there. From people that I knew and met through this weird process, experience varies widely from fresh out of undergrad to actors who are equity. Applicants can have BFAs. They can also have business degrees. MFAs aren't strict in the way that our English programs might be; I had to take prerequisit
  7. I will more than likely be an applicant next year. Finishing up my MA in English at the moment. I'm specifically looking into theatre programs rather than performance studies. I generally know where I am going to apply, but I also want to reach out and ask if anyone knows professors who do research in the postdramatic, particularly in the states. Happy application season!
  8. If you're going down the dramatic literature path, be sure to contact professors who do research in dramatic lit and check the curriculum of the program. English is very well rounded in that classes can cover plays, memoirs, poetry, etc but that can also be its hinderance. Also, English people are fucking weird compared to theater people.
  9. UMass Amherst has a Phd in Communication with a focus in performance studies and rhetoric. Might be worth looking into!
  10. Conferences are important because they show that you're actively involved in research. Attending and presenting can also help articulate your points and give you new ideas for research. Also, the networking is real. I attended a comic arts conference, got a panelist's contact info, and was invited to attend a more in depth panel about utilizing comics in the classroom. I haven't yet presented at one during my MA, but I know I am prepared because of the ones I've been to so far.
  11. I'm sorry that you experienced that. I've heard of age discrimination for Acting, but not directing. The head of directing at my undergrad preferred older people for the MFA program, as they had more life experience (which is totally understandable), and by benefit of being a UC they had funding for graduate students. If y
  12. It would be interesting to see if there were any interdisciplinary applicants in english and econ, however I don't know if this is the subforum you are looking for. Econ would be here -> https://forum.thegradcafe.com/forum/34-economics/
  13. Two of my buddies are doing their MFAs in Theater Admin at Iowa and Asolo. I'd recommend looking at them, too. Asolo is one of the better theater schools out there, and I've also heard good things about Iowa.
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