Theatre and Dance

Drama and Theatre (Joint Ph.D.) (TH76)

UC San Diego Theatre and Dance offers a groundbreaking Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama in conjunction with the Department of Drama at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). The joint nature of the Ph.D. program provides an unrivaled diversity of theatre faculty and affiliated faculty between both campuses available for coursework and advising. Within the context of the program�s twin focus on theory and history, an innovative structure permits each student to pursue a custom-designed curriculum that draws from a rich variety of seminars in faculty research areas that include: Theatre of the Americas (modernist and postmodernist theatre and performance; US Latino theatre; African American theatre and dance; Asian American performance) and European Theatre (Greek classical theatre; Shakespeare; neoclassical, modern, Italian Renaissance, and contemporary French theatre; modern and contemporary German theatre), as well as Asian Theatre, Gender Studies, Intercultural Theatre, and Critical Theory.

Program Info

Area of Study Arts & Humanities
Department Theatre and Dance
Major Drama and Theatre (Joint Ph.D.)
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Admissions Terms Fall
Additional Notes

The Drama and Theatre Ph.D. is a Joint Doctoral Program with UC Irvine. See the department website for more information.

Application Deadlines January 9, 2018 (Fall 2018)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General Test is required.

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Prefers the online Statement of Purpose; 2500 word limit

Resume/CV

Recommended

Contact Info

Website http://www-theatre.ucsd.edu/
Email meward@ucsd.edu
Phone (858) 534-1046
Fax (858) 534-1080
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Dept of Theatre & Dance
208 Galbraith Hall
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0344
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0344

Theatre and Dance (Acting) (TH77)

The body and mind of the actor are synthesized to serve as an instrument of expression. The actor must depend on his or her instrument to perform, and the program places great emphasis on the strengthening and tuning of that instrument. The innate talent of the student is nurtured, coaxed and challenged with individual attention from an extraordinary team of professionals and specialists in actor training.
All graduate students serve at least one professional residency with the La Jolla Playhouse and are cast in positions ranging from supporting to lead roles alongside professional actors and directors of national and international stature.

Program Info

Area of Study Arts & Humanities
Department Theatre and Dance
Major Theatre and Dance (Acting)
Degree Master of Fine Arts
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines January 9, 2018 (Fall 2018)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

Not required

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Prefers the online Statement of Purpose; 2500 word limit

Resume/CV

Required

Contact Info

Website http://www-theatre.ucsd.edu/
Email meward@ucsd.edu
Phone (858) 534-1046
Fax (858) 534-1080
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Dept of Theatre & Dance
208 Galbraith Hall
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0344
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0344

Theatre and Dance (Design) (TH78)

In 1985, we established a unique professional relationship with the La Jolla Playhouse and that relationship grows and gets stronger each year. The La Jolla Playhouse (Tony Outstanding Regional Theatre, 1993) is in residence at UCSD for extended seasons each year (May through December) in our shared facilities, the Mandell Weiss Center for the Performing Arts. They produce some of the most vital and nervy theatre in this country and they share our vision of what theatre training ought to be. MFA students in Acting, Dance Theatre, Design, Directing, and Stage Management get at least one professional residency with the La Jolla Playhouse.

Program Info

Area of Study Arts & Humanities
Department Theatre and Dance
Major Theatre and Dance (Design)
Degree Master of Fine Arts
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines January 9, 2018 (Fall 2018)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

Not required

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Prefers the online Statement of Purpose; 2500 word limit

Resume/CV

Required

Contact Info

Website http://www-theatre.ucsd.edu/
Email meward@ucsd.edu
Phone (858) 534-1046
Fax (858) 534-1080
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Dept of Theatre & Dance
208 Galbraith Hall
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0344
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0344

Theatre and Dance (Directing) (TH79)

With an emphasis on the collaborative process, the Directing Program's purpose is to develop directors with a solid foundation in the components of production and the interpretation of text, learn the specific language of theatre and express their own vision through strong theatricality, clear scenic situations, visual metaphors and innovative concepts. Individuals are encouraged to make challenging choices, to break down barriers, and to create exciting, meaningful theatre.

Program Info

Area of Study Arts & Humanities
Department Theatre and Dance
Major Theatre and Dance (Directing)
Degree Master of Fine Arts
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines December 6, 2017 (Fall 2018)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

Not required

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Prefers the online Statement of Purpose; 2500 word limit

Resume/CV

Required

Contact Info

Website http://www-theatre.ucsd.edu/
Email meward@ucsd.edu
Phone (858) 534-1046
Fax (858) 534-1080
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Dept of Theatre & Dance
208 Galbraith Hall
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0344
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0344

Theatre and Dance (Playwriting) (TH80)

The American theatre needs bold, committed, and compassionate playwrights who are connected to the world they live in. Each year we admit one or two such individuals who will be nurtured by the close individual attention and extensive production opportunities that are unique to this program. We believe that the theatre itself is a valuable teacher of playwrights and so playwrights work collaboratively with their colleagues in the MFA acting, directing, design, and stage management programs to create stimulating and meaningful works of art. The year-long development process includes a series of readings and a workshop week culminating in the Wagner New Play Festival, produced each April. The Festival provides a dynamic opportunity for all its featured plays to receive greater local and national attention as it attracts professional guests from theatre's across the country.

Program Info

Area of Study Arts & Humanities
Department Theatre and Dance
Major Theatre and Dance (Playwriting)
Degree Master of Fine Arts
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines January 9, 2018 (Fall 2018)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

Not required

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Prefers the online Statement of Purpose; 2500 word limit

Resume/CV

Required

Contact Info

Website http://www-theatre.ucsd.edu/
Email meward@ucsd.edu
Phone (858) 534-1046
Fax (858) 534-1080
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Dept of Theatre & Dance
208 Galbraith Hall
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0344
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0344

Theatre and Dance (Stage Management) (TH81)

Stage managers are the orchestral conductors of the theatrical process. The stage manager takes the words and compositions of others and interprets them, using a unique approach. Stage managers artfully integrate the needs of a production as well as the personalities of all collaborators. Traditionally, the work of a stage manager is on a continuum through all five phases of production: pre-production, rehearsals, technical rehearsals, previews, and performance. As the only collaborator involved in all of these phases, the stage manager supplies the artistic continuity of the production, creatively orchestrating the unfolding of the process.

The stage management curriculum at UC San Diego wholeheartedly embraces the practical and the theoretical, acknowledging that the most fertile ground for learning is where they intersect. We teach stage managers how to set intentions and goals, which allow the cultivation of a supportive space for creative collaboration. Stage Management students approach each production with a keen collaborative sensibility, aided by a strong knowledge of directing, design, acting, and all production areas. Students are encouraged to be curious about their collaborators, and to view themselves as artistic partners.

Program Info

Area of Study Arts & Humanities
Department Theatre and Dance
Major Theatre and Dance (Stage Management)
Degree Master of Fine Arts
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines January 9, 2018 (Fall 2018)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

Not required

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Prefers the online Statement of Purpose; 2500 word limit

Resume/CV

Required

Contact Info

Website http://www-theatre.ucsd.edu/
Email meward@ucsd.edu
Phone (858) 534-1046
Fax (858) 534-1080
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Dept of Theatre & Dance
208 Galbraith Hall
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0344
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0344

Theatre and Dance (Dance Theatre) (TH82)

The purpose of the MFA in Dance Theatre is to nurture the unique vision of the next generation of dance theatre artists. Students will create original works that foster cross-fertilization between choreography and other artistic disciplines. The focus of the program will encourage the development of concepts and processes, which expand the language and aesthetics of dance theatre.

The core principles of the Dance Theatre MFA are rooted in the aesthetics and methodologies of both American post modern dance and European dance theatre, whilst embracing the current surge of global cross fertilization and hybrid forms of dance, theatre, live art and new media practice. A select group of mature and emerging dance artists are invited to hone their skills, creative process and artistic voice within cross-disciplinary training, with a strong emphasis on collaboration between artists from different media and cultures. Our program seeks to redefine boundaries and stretch the choreographic and theatrical imagination into new spaces, whilst preparing students with the skills and strategies to continue into a broad range of professional contexts.

Program Info

Area of Study Arts & Humanities
Department Theatre and Dance
Major Theatre and Dance (Dance Theatre)
Degree Master of Fine Arts
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines December 7, 2016 (Fall 2017)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

Not required

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Prefers the online Statement of Purpose; 2500 word limit

Resume/CV

Required

Contact Info

Website http://www-theatre.ucsd.edu/
Email meward@ucsd.edu
Phone (858) 534-1046
Fax (858) 534-1080
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Dept of Theatre & Dance
208 Galbraith Hall
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0344
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0344

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