Master of Arts in Applied Theatre (MA)

Format: On Campus

The MA in Applied Theatre degree, the first program of its kind in the United States, uses theatre as a medium for education and social development. Students apply 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. The goal of the program is to educate scholar practitioners to become future leaders in the field of applied theatre.

Students in the program: 

  • Practice actor-centered, collaborative approaches to leading creative teams and play building original theatre. 
  • Devise and perform theatre-in-education interventions in New York City schools and community settings. 
  • Develop your work alongside the renowned CUNY Creative Arts Team. 
  • Research, implement, document, and evaluate an original applied theatre thesis project

Career Prospects

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 management trainers; and activities specialists with development programs, aid agencies, and refugee support and trauma-relief programs.

Admissions Criteria

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.

Applicants who meet the basic eligibility criteria may be asked to take part in an artistic review. Theatre experience, formal or informal, is expected. Applicants with a variety of undergraduate majors and professional backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadlines

Applications for Fall 2017 due by January 9, 2017

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