Degree Program Offered: Master of Fine Arts
Chairperson, Department of Theater Arts: Professor Israel Hicks
Director, Graduate Program in Acting:
Professor William Esper
Director, Graduate Program in Design,
Stage Management, and Costume Technology:
Professor R. Michael Miller
Director, Graduate Program in Directing:
Professor Amy Saltz
Director, Graduate Program in Playwriting:
Professor Lee Blessing
The Department of Theater Arts at Mason Gross School of the Arts is
dedicated to one purpose: developing professional artists.
Students entering MGSA's graduate program in theater arts concentrate
on one of five major disciplines: acting, design, directing,
playwriting, or stage management. The last area is fairly broad, as it
includes costume technology.
Because theater is a
collaborative art, all programs are coordinated carefully. Thus,
students not only develop the skills needed to master their chosen
disciplines, but also gain rich experience in working with the other
Students with outstanding talent who are
dedicated totally to their artistic development will find that each
program gives them the training they need to make a genuine
contribution to the professional theater.
faculty members believe that significant contributions can be made only
by artists who possess mastery of their craft and who have an inspiring
artistic vision. Standards in each program are high. Each student is
subject to faculty review at the end of every term and each must retain
total faculty support to continue in the program.