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  1. 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 research interests, and I can't really justify applying to programs that I have looked at where I only share interests with just one of them. That's my biggest anxiety about the process right now. I will be applying for one PhD program this year, as I did find their program interesting in that they have a nice mix of research and practice, and I did find that 2-3 faculty who I'd love to research/practice under. I am not putting all of my eggs in one basket; I'm fairly confident that my professional experience can net me a job after finishing this MA in December. Non-application stuff: Is anyone presenting at PAMLA in San Diego this year? Hope everyone is doing well!
  2. 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.
  3. 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 also has the occasional playwriting class. Also if you are interested in sketch writing or storytelling a lot of the improv schools have classes that vary in affordability. I've heard very good things about The Pack's sketch program, and I went to Upright Citizens Brigade for storytelling, and they also give you a certificate for finishing their core sketch and improv programs.
  4. 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 prerequisites to become an unconditional student where you don't often see that in MFA programs if they didn't major in theater in undergrad. Age depends on the program as well. I know that NIU had a class that ranged from age 24 to some people in their 40s when I auditioned there in 2016. My UG was not that way at all; most were in their 20s or early 30s if they were in the acting program. Biggest piece of advice I can give comes from my theater professors from my UG in that you can relatively craft your own graduate program, sans terminal degree, right now. One of the biggest draws of an MFA is that you can teach at a college level; something we can already do with an MA*. You already have the means to find classes that give you similar training to that of a grad program, but you can sort of curate it how you'd like. I really wanted to go to a grad program which had a nice sequence in clowning and mask work. I didn't get in, but I was able to find classes in clowning and mime that have satiated that need. I'm not saying you shouldn't consider an MFA, just that you do have options that are available to you right now so you don't have to wait. *I know that a terminal degree will give you more opportunities to apply to faculty positions at 4 years as opposed to the lecturer/ adjunct positions we could apply for with a non-terminal MA.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. UMass Amherst has a Phd in Communication with a focus in performance studies and rhetoric. Might be worth looking into!
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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/
  11. 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.
  12. Both are incredibly good schools, and you'd be fine at whichever one you choose. That said, the things you might consider are commute (do you live in the OC or LA?) and apartments in the area. Also, would you prefer to finish your degree earlier since you start in fall at UCI vs the next spring at USC? Also, what is the deal with your funding; is your work paying for it or did they offer fellowships?
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