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Theatre Arts (MFA) - Generative Dramaturgy 
Program Description

The Master of Fine Arts degree in Generative Dramaturgy emphasizes the creative nature of the dramaturgical craft and attracts students who see their roles as thought leaders in the field. Faculty members have a strong background in all aspects of theatre event development, ranging from playwriting and classic play dramaturgy to the creation of devised, adapted, and interview-based work. Students work continually to hone their craft through hands-on dramaturgical experiences both on- and off-campus, and graduate well-versed in the language, expression, and active analysis of innovative performance.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

School of Theatre, Film and Television -

This fully functioning school has three theatres, along with production shops, production facilities and post-production laboratories, and state-of-the-art equipment, and a faculty made up of working professionals. The School of Theatre, Film & Television at the University of Arizona provides an exciting opportunity to learn about the art and craft of storytelling and the workings of the entertainment industry in an incredibly rich learning environment. Professional screenings like "I Dream in Widescreen," and our professional theatre training company, Arizona Repertory Theatre, provide real, hands-on creative opportunities and experiences to practice your craft.

College of Fine Arts  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Justine M Collins
Graduate Program Coordinator
Justine M Collins
Director of Graduate Studies
Deanna Fitzgerald
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Kristi R Davenport
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Submit the following materials online through the Graduate College Application Portal:

  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities attended
  • Statement of Intent: In a one to two page document, address the following: What does Generative Dramaturgy mean to you? In what way will this degree be helpful for you in achieving your goals as an artist?
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Portfolio: Submit up to five documents or pieces. These may be any creative work related to performance, playwriting, or play development.

Additional Requirements:

Interview with Generative Dramaturgy Faculty: After your complete application is submitted, you will be contacted to schedule an interview with one or more of the faculty. Interviews can take place in-person or via Skype. Most interviews will happen in early to mid-January.

Also, in order to be admitted as a potential MFA candidate, you must have completed the following classes, or you may otherwise be required to take additional course units during the first year in order to address content deficiencies:

  • Two semesters of Theatre History
  • One semester of Play Analysis, Dramaturgy, or Playwriting. Documented equivalent practical experience may satisfy this requirement.
Standardized Tests

Required test(s):
Required GRE Subject tests:
Required English Proficiency:

Financial Aid

Limited Graduate College Fellowships when available
Teaching Assistantship with Tuition (out-of-state) Scholarship
Limited number of School of Theatre, Film & Television Scholarships
Graduate Registration (in-state) Scholarships

Admissions Deadlines

Faculty will give prefrential consideration for admittence and funding to completed applications submitted by December 3.

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: December 31

International Applicants:

  • Fall: December 31
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 2403

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

The MFA in Generative Dramaturgy normally requires six semesters (three academic years) in residence. A minimum of sixty credit hours must be accrued to fulfill the degree requirements. Admission and retention in the program are based on academic performance and the faculty's evaluation of each student's portfolio, professionalism, skills, and talent. All MFA Generative Dramaturgy candidates are regularly evaluated by the faculty. Successful completion of the first year permits continuation in the program. All MFA Generative Dramaturgy candidates fulfill significant dramaturgical assignments as part of their degree requirements. Students compose a Master's Report in their third year as part of their degree requirements as well as complete a self-designed Thesis Project.

Minor Requirements
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Last revised 18 Dec 2018