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Master’s Program in Theatre

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The Hunter College Master of Arts in Theatre offers the opportunity to study theatre history, theory, dramaturgy, playwriting, acting and directing within the vibrant theatre environment of New York City. The graduate curriculum integrates theory with practice and accommodates the various backgrounds and career goals of our diverse student body of theatre professionals, dramaturgs, and educators.  Most students continue their professional theatre work or go on to Ph.D. Programs. There are 4 required classes Theatre History I and II, Play Analysis, and Dramatic Theory and Criticism.  The remaining credits are filled with electives that draw from all areas of theatre study. Students can tailor their coursework to their own specific needs and complete at their own pace.

Members of our graduate faculty  possess  academic and professional  credentials and experience. They specialize in such diverse areas as acting, directing, theatre history, performance theory,  Asian theatre, French and German theatre, avant-garde theatre, political theatre, mime, and puppetry.  In addition to the permanent faculty, the Harold Clurman Professorship allows us to supplement the regular faculty with well-known theatre artists and scholars who teach graduate seminars. In the past, seminars have been taught by Arthur Kopit, Eric Bentley, Gordon Rogoff, Andre Deshields, Arthur Miller, Ruby Dee, and Stanley Kauffmann among others.

The program has access to four theatre spaces: the 110-seat Black Box Loewe Theatre, the 624-seat Kaye Playhouse, the 50-seat Goldberg Studio Theatre, and the 150-seat Lang Recital Hall. Several of our faculty teach in the Ph.D. program at the CUNY Graduate Center and some courses are cross-listed in both programs. Students often prefer to begin their graduate theatre studies at Hunter, where they can hone their academic skills in a supportive environment. Students who go on to pursue the Ph.D. at CUNY have all 30 of their Hunter credits applied automatically toward the completion of the program.


Learning Outcomes

Graduates of our MA Theatre Program will be able to:
Demonstrate a general command of the major events and movement in the theatre
Demonstrate a general command of theories of the theatre
Will have facility in critical analysis of plays and performance
Demonstrate proficiency in theatre research method

Admissions Requirements

Closing dates for completed applications:
April 1st: Fall enrollment.
November 1st: Spring enrollments.

Foreign students requiring a visa:  October 1 and March 1.

An applicant is expected to have a Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university with:
1. An overall minimum “B minus” average.
2. A minimum “B” average in student’s area of specialization

Applications can be downloaded online at 

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Grants, Fellowships, and Graduate Assistantships

We provide funding for some of our students through the Vera Roberts Fellowship , awarded to the top incoming graduate student based on the academic record presented for admission, and through faculty recommendations for Roberts Foundation grants.  Funds from the Graduate Student Association are available to all students to fund creative projects, and we have a special grant—The Ann Friedman Fund-- that awards seed money for productions outside of Hunter that use at least 2 Hunter students, which has helped fund work in theatres around New York City..The department has one graduate assistantship to aid with program administration. Students must complete at least one semester of coursework before receiving teaching assistant positions which are extremely limited. Student loan information can be found at the office of financial aid and is independent of the department.


Graduate Courses

SPRING 2019 Graduate Courses


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