The Towson MFA Program in Theatre Arts offers a laboratory atmosphere in which students are encouraged to explore new ideas and approaches. Over their residency in the program, students work closely with one another on projects initiated by themselves and members of the faculty and guest artists. The 24-month program culminates in the presentation of a work in progress that is the exploration of a student’s personal aesthetic.
The main characteristics of the program are the following:
Our program focuses on nurturing individual growth in the learning process. Every class is geared towards encouraging individual ideas and approaches in theatre making. Employing a variety of methodologies drawn from best practices in theatrical and other art forms, students learn the skills and sensibilities of generative artists. Our faculty constantly supports students’ growth through consultation and feedback.
Our program offers space and time for the creation of new work with a focus on process. The Dreyer MFA Group Studio, open to students around the clock, provides a space for students to percolate, wonder, discover, and pursue without the pressure to produce.
All graduate students approach projects from an interdisciplinary perspective. New work may be created in a variety of forms, such as interdisciplinary constructions or installations, ensemble creation, performance art, movement-theatre or productions of new scripts.
From Local to Global
Our alumni live and work around the world. Past students’ performances have long been part of the local Baltimore arts scene and have been featured at international festivals.
Artists as Educator
MFA students develop their abilities as educators through a double-tiered system. Students are first assigned to intern with experienced faculty members to learn about the process of teaching. They may then be awarded assistantships to teach their own classes.
Artists as Entrepreneurs
Self-empowerment classes that include visits to festivals and conversations with guest artists working in the field, acquaint students with multiple aspects of arts entrepreneurship as well as diverse perspectives on the skills needed for the life of an artist in the 21st century.
MFA Program in Theatre Arts
Center for the Arts, Room 3034 (map)