Theatre

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The Meadows Division of Theatre is one of the most highly regarded training programs in the country.

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Students select from the Acting track or the Theatre Studies track.

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The Division of Theatre produces 8-10 main stage shows of new and classical works every year. Pictured: Artist-in-residence Will Power works with students.

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Students can produce their own plays through the SMUST organization and may also apply for Meadows Exploration grants to help supplement production costs.

Admissions

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION

Students applying for the MFA program must have completed a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Theatre Arts (or a related discipline) from an accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA in upper division major courses, meet university admission requirements, and submit evidence of creative ability and professional intent.

For complete information please refer to the Admissions link or contact: 

Joe S. Hoselton 214.768.3765

INTERVIEWS

Design candidates are required to schedule an interview with our design faculty and present a portfolio of design work. We strongly urge that potential students visit the campus to get a better sense of the program, the SMU community, and the nature of our training. The interview is a requirement of admission into the program.

Faculty representatives will be present at the U/RTA held interviews in New York and Chicago. Applicants may choose to interview in Dallas and combine a site visit.

Expect the interview process to take a full day and when possible view a divisional production in the evening.

  • Attend classes
  • Portfolio review
  • Interview with faculty
  • Meal with current MFA students
  • Tour of campus
  • Attend evening production

Appointments for on-campus interviews (Monday, Wednesday, or Friday) can be made by contacting: 

Steve Woods, Head of Stage Design 214.768.3816

PORTFOLIO

The purpose of the portfolio is to introduce your skills, work history, and level of experience to the faculty for consideration of admission into the graduate program.

The MFA in Stage Design at SMU is a holistic program, in that students are required to study all three-design disciplines in the first year of study. It is possible to continue with the study of two areas in the second and third year of the program.

While the interview portfolio does not need to show a balanced history of work in three areas it is best to show all of your work. If in doubt include a particular item in your portfolio. It is impossible for the faculty to evaluate work left at home.

Rough sketches, art class projects, magic sheets, drafting, ground plans, photographs of your work, and sketchbooks all support the application process.

Portfolios are not scrapbooks so please leave out flashy borders, program copy, newspaper clippings, and other items that distract from the work.

The portfolio should include one complete show presented as a designer package including, but not limited too, research, concept, scene breakdown, and supporting materials needed for a successful scenery, costume, or lighting design.

By design area this may include: a ground plan, section, photos of the model, character breakdown, sketches, renderings with fabric, bible, magic sheets, cue synopsis, hook-up, and all the paperwork needed by design area. Be sure to include production photographs of the finished work. Photographs should be a minimum of 8 x 10. Slides and DVD's will not be accepted.

Electronic portfolios are discouraged for the site interview. An applicant and design faculty huddled around a laptop or tablet is not the best way to view and discuss a portfolio.

Please be prepared to present three letters of reference and an "unofficial" transcript of your undergraduate studies.

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