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re: MFA Musical Theatre

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slance
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MFA Musical Theatre
Posted: 8/2/07 at 11:10am
Does anyone know of any MFA programs in Musical Theatre besides the ones at SDSU and UCF...

Thanks so much for your help.

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ElFantasma14
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joined:9/26/06
re: MFA Musical Theatre
Posted: 8/2/07 at 11:20am
The New School for Drama.

http://www.newschool.edu/academic/drama/
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ErinDillyFan
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re: MFA Musical Theatre
Posted: 8/2/07 at 11:56am
NM

Updated On: 12/13/07 at 11:56 AM
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Jazzysuite82
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joined:2/6/05
re: MFA Musical Theatre
Posted: 8/2/07 at 01:28pm
The new school isn't for musical theatre. Just acting. I believe Oklahoma State has one (I think that's the name...the school Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O'Hara went to)
Soozie
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re: MFA Musical Theatre
Posted: 8/2/07 at 01:36pm
There are not very many MFA programs in Musical Theater. There are a few MM in Musical Theater.

Some graduate programs in Musical Theater:

Arizona State University (MM)
Boston Conservatory (MM)
New York University: Steinhardt (MA Vocal Performance w/ MT concentration)
Oklahoma City University (MM)
San Diego State University (MFA)
University of Central Florida (MFA)
University of Montana (MM)
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (MFA)

By the way, the school that Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O'Hara attended is Oklahoma City University, not Oklahoma State.
sondhead
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joined:10/25/06
re: MFA Musical Theatre
Posted: 8/2/07 at 04:48pm
They went to Oklahoma City University (www.okcu.edu) and they offer a MFA in music theatre
erinrebecca
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joined:10/29/04
re: MFA Musical Theatre
Posted: 8/2/07 at 04:55pm
sondhead, OCU's degree is a Master of Music, M.M., not an M.F.A. They do not offer an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre there.
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joshual
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re: MFA Musical Theatre
Posted: 12/13/07 at 05:09am
I'm currently doing the same kind of search. In addition to those posted, here are some I've found:

Tulane - Newcomb School - MFA program
Royal Scottish (RSAMD) - Masters in Musical Performance (wtf that means)
If I only had the time, what I would write for your delight...
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Wanna Be A Foster
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re: MFA Musical Theatre
Posted: 12/13/07 at 06:46am
Columbia University (MFA)
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Updated On: 12/13/07 at 06:46 AM
Soozie
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re: MFA Musical Theatre
Posted: 12/13/07 at 11:18am
Columbia University does NOT offer an MFA in Musical Theatre. They do offer one in Acting. But this thread is asking about MFAs (or MM degrees) in Musical Theatre.
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TonyBWay
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joined:12/16/04
re: MFA Musical Theatre
Posted: 12/13/07 at 11:49am
University of Las Vegas, Nevada does not offer an MFA in Musical Theatre. However, they do have one for Acting. In fact, one of the graduates from last year will be taking over the role of Celie in The Color Purple (Zonya Love Johnson) on Broadway.
Soozie
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re: MFA Musical Theatre
Posted: 12/13/07 at 01:03pm
You are right that University of Las Vegas, Nevada doesn't offer an MFA IN musical theatre. Their MFA degree program is in PERFORMANCE (not acting) and the performance degree program includes musical theatre as part of that training.
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broadwayfan7
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re: MFA Musical Theatre
Posted: 12/13/07 at 01:17pm
"Everytime you step on that stage it is somebody's first Broadway show and somebody's last Broadway show. Make it count."
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B3TA07
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re: MFA Musical Theatre
Posted: 12/13/07 at 01:43pm
Actually as far as I know Oklahoma City University offers an MM in Musical Theatre performance.
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joshual
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re: MFA Musical Theatre
Posted: 12/13/07 at 01:54pm
The fact that the URL you gave says "bfamusical" should be a good hint that its a BFA program, not MFA.
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broadwayfan7
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re: MFA Musical Theatre
Posted: 12/13/07 at 03:35pm
Woops!

Thanks for that joshual!
"Everytime you step on that stage it is somebody's first Broadway show and somebody's last Broadway show. Make it count."
twinkie
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joined:12/23/07
re: MFA Musical Theatre
Posted: 12/23/07 at 01:19pm
I am considering the MFA program at SDSU. Is anyone familiar with it? What are its strengths and weaknesses? Recommended teachers? What's the vibe like down there? Any info appreciated! Thanks! Happy Holidays, Twink.
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Mistress Overdone
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joined:11/24/07
re: MFA Musical Theatre
Posted: 12/23/07 at 02:37pm
There's a student board where this has been discussed at great length, in many threads... not to be a snob, but you'll find a ton of information there.
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joshual
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re: MFA Musical Theatre
Posted: 12/23/07 at 06:33pm
Ok, well where is it then? Just saying it exists does not seem to be real helpful.
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joshual
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re: MFA Musical Theatre
Posted: 12/23/07 at 06:34pm
Twinkie - I'm auditioning for the MFA program at SDSU. I have talked a ton with the director of the program about it, and it sounds incredible. I'd love to talk to you about it and see what you think about it from the research you've done.
If I only had the time, what I would write for your delight...
tenorio
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re: MFA Musical Theatre
Posted: 4/18/08 at 01:59am

Updated On: 4/25/08 at 01:59 AM
ced167
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joined:3/24/08
re: MFA Musical Theatre
Posted: 4/22/08 at 06:05am
Did you have a bad experience at SDSU? What have you heard? Can you suggest a better MFA or 2 year conservatory type program? Thanks!
R&Hgal
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re: MFA Musical Theatre
Posted: 4/22/08 at 11:50am
There's a One year Musical Theatre program at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow Scotland
Its what we would call an MFA in the states but over there it's called a MPerf.
Really great program, I know they have students who have been cast in Wicked, Hairspray, Eurobeat, and the wedding singer in the UK, plus a lot of american students who have come back to the US have done really well in NYC.
It's small program with 12 in a class, and GREAT contacts. Plus, if you want to you have the option to extend your student visa for two years to work in the UK as an actor, which you cannot do on a normal working visa. You have a agents showcase in london and glasgow at the end of the year, in my class 11 out of 12 of us got agent interest.
Glasgow is a great city as well, lots to do and scotland is beautiful.
the website is www.rsamd.ac.uk
and the contact is Andrew Panton, you can email him at Apanton@rsamd.ac.uk
Updated On: 4/22/08 at 11:50 AM
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SDSUMFAmusthea2
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re: MFA Musical Theatre
Posted: 4/15/11 at 06:01pm
Hello All!

My name is Kati Donovan, and I am currently an MFA candidate in San Diego State University's Musical Theatre program. I wanted to write back to correct and clarify the information out there about graduate programs in Musical Theatre.

Officially--- the program at San Diego State University is the ONLY remaining Musical Theatre MFA in the nation. Many programs abroad offer MAs and MMs in Musical Theatre, but none offer the terminal degree (MFA). The other national programs usually listed in these kinds of conversations have closed, or stopped accepting applications, indefinitely due to budgetary reasons. And the difference between an MA or MM and an MFA is the fact that only the MFA is a terminal degree (meaning final, or highest degree in that field). Most tenure-track teaching positions at the collegiate level require a terminal degree for application. The program at SDSU accepts between 6 and 10 students every two years. It is a four-semester program, with courses in:

Musical Theatre History
Dance History
Directing
Synthesis (Studio)
Vocal lessons & coaching
Jazz, Tap & Dance Rep
Research & Bibliography
among others.

SDSU's MFA program will be accepting applications for the class of 2014, starting in October 2011. For more information or to contact the program, check out the school's website:

http://theatre.sdsu.edu/html/academics/musmfa.htm

You may also follow the current MFA Musical Theatre class (2012) on Twitter:

SDSUMFAmusthea


Also I'm happy to answer any and all questions about the program, or for anyone considering advanced degrees in musical theatre.


Best,

Kati
dexter3
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re: MFA Musical Theatre
Posted: 4/15/11 at 11:48pm
Don't mean to be a downer...but can I ask why you're thinking about getting a masters in musical theater? The only reason I can possibly think of pursuing an MFA in musical theater is if you truly want a career in teaching musical theater at a university or college (where grad degrees have become a prerequisite for most positions). As an actor, of course you can always be learning more techniques and ways to approach performing, but I certainly wouldn't consider paying so much money (and taking 2-3 years off of an acting career) to take a stab at grad school. To be honest, the vast majority of people (with a few small exceptions) that end up going for MFA's are people whose careers have been stagnant or nonexistent after undergrad, and an MFA is an attempt to try to counteract that. It is certainly doesn't guarantee anything and could very well end up wasting you time and money...

Updated On: 4/16/11 at 11:48 PM
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The Distinctive Baritone
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re: MFA Musical Theatre
Posted: 4/16/11 at 09:49pm
"To be honest, the vast majority of people (with a few small exceptions) that end up going for MFA's are people whose careers have been stagnant or nonexistent after undergrad, and an MFA is an attempt to try to counteract that."


dexter3, I understand where you are coming from, but as someone with an MFA in Acting, please let me provide an alternative, insider's perspective for readers of this thread.

The MFA's both at the conservatory where I got my degree and at the state school where I went to undergrad were all there for different reasons and had different levels of professional experience.

Most MFA Acting students, from my obervation, are usually somewhere in their twenties, but there are occassionally a couple of people in their thirties or even forties. Some had come directly from undergrad, some (like me) had been out for only one or two years, and some--the older ones--of course had been out for many years. And yes, those who had several years of professional experience probably were trying to re-energize their careers by attempting to get better with additional training. I would have to agree that if you already have a fair amount of training (i.e. a BFA), you're near or over thirty, and you still aren't getting much work as an actor, an MFA probably isn't going to help you much at this point (although you never know). To be honest, I did find those students to be a little bit depressing, except for the ones who were getting MFA's specifically so they could become theater professors.

But in actuality, the older people made up the MINORITY of MFA students. Most MFA acting students are in their early to mid-twenties, have not been out in the field long (if at all), and simply want more (or better) training before tackling the industry at full force. And a couple of the older students were actually relatively new to acting. They did not receive undegraduate degrees in acting and had never attempted acting careers. They had always loved theater and had done a couple plays in college or whatever but had had normal jobs and lives until they (perhas somewhat randomly) decided to go for an acting career. And surprisingly, those students were some of the best of the bunch.

So please, MFA's are not just for failed actors trying to jumpstart their careers or become teachers. As I said, most MFA students have barely even started their careers, if at all. I encourage anyone who is young and eager for a career but feels inadequately prepared to go for an MFA in Acting. The same goes for people who want an MFA or MM in Musical Theatre.

Everyone please feel free to PM me with any questions you might on the subject.

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