Masters in Theatre Arts (MA)

Master of Arts in Theatre Arts (MA)

The MA in Theatre is primarily an academic graduate program encompassing various theories and aesthetics of theatre and performance. Small class-sized seminars promote opportunities for in-depth research, writing and presentations. Most seminars include the application of theory to practice.

If you have an undergraduate degree in theatre and are considering applying for a PhD in Theatre, then this MA program will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to be competitive for a PhD program.  It will also give you the breadth of experience for Community College teaching.

If you do not have a degree in theatre and are seeking to expand your knowledge to a wider range of performance, as well as developing your skills in research and writing, this 2 year (more for part-time students) program may be a better option for you rather than a full time 3-year MFA program.

Since the required seminars are usually offered late-afternoons to evenings, students may pursue this degree while working full-time. In addition to the required courses, students elect courses from a wide-range of other related programs including the MFA in TV, Film and Theatre and intensive courses offered in the CSU Summer Arts.

Opportunities also include participation in Department productions as an actor, playwright, dramaturg, director, producer, as well as participation in guest workshops, conferences and interdisciplinary work. Past students have created solo and devised works that were presented in our black box theatres. Students who teach in local schools have been able to integrate some of that work, including performance projects, into their MA programs.

Teaching Opportunities: students who enter with prior performance training (acting, dance, voice) may apply for to train with faculty and be considered for positions as Teaching Assistants and gain valuable experience teaching at the University level. Additional opportunities may include teaching general education classes in theatre and dance to non-majors, as well as working as a Graduate Assistant with a faculty member on some of our larger lecture courses.

Required and Elective Courses: the online catalog includes more information on courses.

To Apply: this is a two-step application process.

1. You must apply for the program via the University Application form and process.

2. Additionally, we ask that you fill out this form

Note: This is separate from your application to the University*.

This application must be compiled and sent together in one envelope to the department office**.

Please print, sign and date this form and send together with:

1) Statement of purpose (at least one paragraph)

2) Transcripts

3) Sample of critical writing (any academic research paper in any subject)

4) Three letters of recommendation

5) Resume (if you have one–important if you have professional/teaching skills) to:

 ATTN: Graduate Studies Committee – MA in Theatre Arts
 Department of Music, Theatre and Dance - MUS 127
 California State University, Los Angeles
 5151 State University Drive
 Los Angeles, CA 90032-8102

We invite you to contact us, come visit the campus, meet the faculty and students, and see all that this program has to offer you.

Please also read this link that addresses Frequently Asked Questions

Useful Contact Information:
Department of Music, Theatre and Dance (main office): 323-343-4060
Graduate Faculty:
Dr. Seónagh Odhiambo
Tanya Kane-Parry