Point Park University's M.F.A. in Acting program is for self-directed professional actors seeking to further explore their artistic potential while becoming qualified to teach at the university level. We strive to provide a stimulating, varied and flexible curriculum to meet the needs and interests of advanced, creative students.
The Master in Fine Arts degree requires three years of full-time graduate study and the completion of 60 credit hours. In addition to academic studies, candidates have the opportunity to work with The REP, Point Park’s professional theatre company (casting is competitive and not guaranteed). Point Park’s Conservatory of Performing Arts is one of very few programs in the country that offers a graduate program in the context of a resident, professional, union theatre company and operation.
We only take six students who represent a variety of backgrounds. All M.F.A. acting students enter the University with graduate fellowships including tuition remission (some fees may not be covered), a yearly stipend of $6,400, Equity wages as cast, and are paid the instructor rate for any classes they teach. Students are encouraged to work in other professional theatres in the area, provided the theatres will work around schedules.
Requirements for admission:
- An undergraduate degree in theatre, or another undergraduate degree plus 10 years of theatre experience
- An audition/interview consisting of two contrasting monologues, with a third to be presented upon request
We have a particular interest in students with 10 or more years of professional experience who would be able to teach in our competitive undergraduate conservatory, and take full advantage of the creative opportunities presented.
Audition times and locations for the next incoming class will be posted once they are available.
Learn more about:
- Monica Payne, director of graduate studies and visiting assistant professor
- Ronald Allan-Lindblom, vice president and artistic director, Conservatory of Performing Arts and Pittsburgh Playhouse
- Bridget Connors, professor
- Richard Keitel, professor
- Sheila McKenna, chair of theatre department and associate professor
- John Shepard, professor
- Robin Walsh, associate professor