MA Theatre - Theatre Studies
Department of Theatre and Dance
MA Theatre Programs Coordinator: Dr. Jane Peterson; 973-655-4109
- MA Theatre/Theatre Studies: Program Notes
- What You Will Study
- Our Faculty
- Theatre Facilities
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The Master of Arts (MA) in Theatre/Theatre Studies Concentration program is designed for students who want to build on their undergraduate theatre studies, explore their passion for theatre for the first time, or prepare for subsequent doctoral studies.
Our proximity to Manhattan allows us to attract an outstanding full-time faculty and prominent guest artists who work closely with students each semester. With Manhattan just 30 minutes away, you will be able to connect with on and off-Broadway productions and internships.
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Our 33-credit program offers a full range of courses on theatre history, criticism and dramatic literature while providing significant opportunities for hands-on training in dramaturgy, advanced acting, and advanced directing.
A flexible curriculum supports academic theory with practical experience, allowing students to pursue particular areas of interest within the broader discipline of theatre studies. Small classes, independent study options, and courses grounded in current theoretical perspectives promote student research and practice. Whether you enroll as a full- or part-time student, you will enjoy the convenience of night, weekend, and hybrid/online classes, access to internships in the New York/New Jersey area, as well as the opportunity to complete your degree in timely manner.
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More than 75 permanent faculty members and visiting professionals – including internationally renowned celebrity guest artists and artists-in-residence, prominent scholars, and world-class performers, directors, designers, technicians and producers – mentor our Theatre and Dance students each semester. These working professionals share insights gleaned from their professional experiences with students in workshops and master classes. Faculty mentoring can often lead to opportunities beyond the classroom.
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Montclair State boasts exceptional performance facilities with impressive technical specifications, including the state-of-the-art Alexander Kasser Theater; the 946-seat Memorial Auditorium; our 2000-seat amphitheater, and the intimate L. Howard Fox Theatre.
Students learn by watching as well as doing. In addition to having easy access to the diverse productions staged in nearby Manhattan, you will be able to attend more than 500 professional events on campus each year, including those presented by the Theatre and Dance Department as well as by Montclair’s Peak Performances' program of theatre, dance, and music productions.
Montclair’s MA in Theatre programs meet the rigorous standards of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) – a distinction that places us among the nation’s most competitive programs.
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To apply to the MA Theatre/Theatre Studies Program, or to any Department of Theatre and Dance program, please visit Department Admissions.
For additional information about our programs, please visit us to tour the facilities and/or plan to attend one of our Open Houses.