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Master of Arts in Applied Theatre
The MA in Applied Theatre degree program, the first program of its kind in the United States, uses theatre as a medium for education, community development, and the pursuit of social justice. The goal of the program is to educate scholar practitioners to become future leaders in the field of applied theatre. Applied Theatre involves the use of theatre and drama in a wide variety of nontraditional contexts and venues, such as in teaching, the justice system, health care, the political arena, community development, museums, and social service agencies.
Graduates of the program are prepared for careers as teaching artists with theatres, museums, hospitals, and other community-based organizations; education directors for cultural organizations; facilitators of youth programs; creative aging artists; health and wellness theatre program specialists; conflict resolution; and activities specialists with development programs, aid agencies, and refugee support programs.
Students in the Program:
- Practice actor-centered, collaborative approaches to leading creative teams and playbuilding original theatre
- Study a range of artistic, educational, and social theories that inform progressive practice
- Collaborate as a member of a student ensemble to support creative risk-taking
- Progress through carefully sequenced courses with an emphasis on the unity of theory and practice
- Devise and perform theatre-in-education interventions in New York City schools and community settings
- Develop work alongside the renowned CUNY Creative Arts Team
- Research, implement, document, and evaluate an original applied theatre thesis project.
- 10 Core Courses (30 Credits)
- 2 Elective Courses (6 Credits)
- Community, Culture, and Diversity
- Teaching through Theatre
- Theatre of the Oppressed
- The Co-intentional Director
- Creating Meaning Through Community Drama
- Study abroad: Project Rwanda
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Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants are required to write a personal statement, upload a resume, and provide two letters of recommendation. An individual interview may be necessary.
We encourage applications from people with a variety of undergraduate majors and professional backgrounds. Theatre experience, formal or informal, is expected. Applicants who meet the basic eligibility criteria may be asked to take part in an artistic review.
Students are admitted to the program each fall and can enroll in either a full- or part-time course of study.
In collaboration with the CUNY Creative Arts Team, CUNY SPS and the MA in Applied theatre are proud to offer the Graduate Apprenticeship for Diversity in Applied Theatre. Follow the link for details.
Applications for Fall 2018 due by January 8, 2018Apply Now