Graduate Programs in Theatre

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Earn your master's degree in theatre from the school ranked #1 by U.S. News and World Report in the Best Universities - Master's category in the northern region for over a decade!

Voted “Best Theater School”Main Line Today Magazine

“The high quality of the professional work of the school’s graduates is a continuing tribute to the success of the [Villanova M.A. in Theatre] program.” – Main Line Ticket

The Villanova University Department of Theatre offers a Master of Arts degree, a Master of Arts Degree with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management, and a Graduate Certificate in Practical Theatre.  Classes are taught by our award-winning faculty who have distinguished themselves in the field of professional theatre: directing, writing, designing, acting, producing, and nonprofit management.

Villanova’s program is the only theatre M.A. in the United States that places equal emphasis on scholarly and creative work.  Students undergo a rigorous course of study that is a combination of scholarly, artistic, and practical approaches to theatre. The comprehensive M.A. provides crucial tools for the developing theatre practitioner, educator, or scholar. 

A series of core courses encompassing the history of theatrical production and the theory, criticism, and analysis of dramatic literature supports a comprehensive range of elective studies in acting, directing, design, and playwriting. The program provides experience in the fundamentals of research, as well as several of the component crafts of theatre, culminating in the final semester in a specialized study in a selected artistic or research area.

Students matriculate into the program from a wide variety of undergraduate majors, spanning the humanities and the sciences. The result is a vibrant, diverse community of scholars with passion for theatre as a common denominator.

The experience and knowledge our students gain in class, on stage, and behind the scenes allows these well-rounded scholars to embark on careers as actors, directors, stage managers, playwrights, dramaturgs, administrators, teachers, and critics.   

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Important Dates

Nov. 23, 2014

Theatre Department Open House

Jan. 30, 2014
Theatre Department Scholarship & Assistantship Applications Due

Feb. 20, 2014
Theatre Department Scholarship & Assistantship Interviews