College of Fine Arts and Communication


M.F.A. Projects


M.F.A. final student project

The M.F.A. final project is the most challenging aspect of the student’s involvement with the program. It is a confident demonstration of the student’s personal aesthetic and vision that reflects her explorations and discoveries during her residency in the program. Below you will find what our students are currently working on and to access some of the works from the past please visit Past Projects.

Current M.F.A. Projects


March 26-29, 2015

Concieved and Directed by Deirdre McAllister

Starling Murmuration, conceived as Deirdre McAllister’s final thesis production as part of her MFA at Towson University, is a collaboratively written and devised performance inspired by elements of addiction and recovery. Throughout this fantastical and at times nightmarish journey, we explore how our culture views and treats addicts and how addiction has functioned in storytelling. Original music and choreography help set the mood for our anti-hero as she finds her way through the chaos and pain of addiction. Starling Murmuration will be performed at the Man Alive Lane Treatment Center and proceeds will go toward supporting The Imagination Lab, a program that encourages creativity as a mode of healing for individuals struggling with addiction and mental health issues. Must email for a reservation. $10 suggested donation at the door.

March 26th, 8pm
March 27th, 8pm
March 28th, 8pm
March 29th, 2pm (free performance for clients and staff of Man Alive Lane.)

SEXTANT: First Year Works in Progress Presentations

Wednesday, April 1st and Friday, April 3rd, 7:30 PM

April 1-4 @ 7:30pm, MFA lab, Center for the Arts

Rachel Thomas-Levy presents Host-ess, a solo, interactive performance exploring memory, object, and story in the context of party throwing. Choreography by Asya Shaw. Outside eye Rohaizad Suaidi.

Zach Trebino presents The Hierophants, a collaboratively devised performance piece in the spirit of Grotowski's "poor theatre" that cannibalizes the story of an 18th century subversive religious sect - the Convulsionaries of Saint-Medard - to explore notions of ecstatic suffering and transubstantiation.

Rebekah Lane presents In Anticipation of Flight , a performance exploring different ways of staging listening. It asks what happens if we actually take the time to focus on the world inside of us?


Thursday, April 2nd and Saturday, April 4th

Sarah Bourne presents a toy theatre rendition of Samuel Beckett's Endgame, partially set in a hospital kitchen. She will explore themes of psychological abuse and how to leave an abusive relationship.

Kevin Becker presents a site-specific work exploring elements of Greek Myth that takes place in multiple locations in the Center for the Arts building and includes live streaming video.

Corey Hennessey explores the incorporation of photographic presentation and composition qualities into performance.


The Hyacinth Girl

April 16, 17 and 18

A performance created and directed by Leah Englund.

Marie does not clearly remember who she is. She's afraid that she is not a good person. The world around her is burned and barren, and she isn't sure if it's her fault. Prophets, soothsayers and gossips help her find her way. This fanciful journey is inspired by Rothko paintings and T.S. Elliot's the Wasteland.










Naoko Maeshiba, Director
MFA Program in Theatre Arts
Center for the Arts, Room 3034 (map)

Phone: 410-704-2791
Fax: 410-704-3914






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