American Idiot

Green Day's American Idiot, Spring 2016

My experience in the Department of Theatre at the University of Arkansas fostered my artistic and intellectual growth far past my personal goals and preconceptions. Thanks to the support and challenge I received as a student, I graduated with a greater sense of confidence, humility, artistry, and responsibility.

- Chet Longley, Assistant Professor/Technical Director, University of South Carolina, Aiken

The Department of Theatre offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Theatre, a broad spectrum program in the context of a liberal arts education, and the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in six concentrations: Acting, Directing, Playwriting, Costume Design, Scene Design and Lighting DesignClasses at both undergraduate and graduate levels are focused on providing a strong, professional orientation to theatre performance and technology in conjunction with appropriate research-based coursework to address the required foundations in theatre history, dramatic literature and dramatic criticism.

The educational objectives of the Department of Theatre are centered on producing graduates prepared to enter the competitive world of professional play production as well as a variety of teaching and research fields. In addition a background in Theatre has proven to be a valuable asset to those wishing to pursue a wide range of corporate and industrial occupations.


In addition to meeting University and College requirements, the Department of Theatre encourages a personal interview/audition for scholarship eligibility. Financial aid in the form of work-study and scholarships is available to qualified students.


In addition to meeting University and Graduate School standards, the Department of Theatre requires an audition/portfolio review/script submission and interview for acceptance into the MFA program (please see specific requirements below). Graduate assistantships in teaching and production provide tuition assistance and yearly stipends. Annual fellowships and work-study programs are also available to qualified students.

MFA Acting Program

Admission to the Acting program is by audition only. Auditions should consist of two contrasting monologues (classical and contemporary) totaling no longer than five minutes. An additional sixty second song is required. Please be prepared to perform an additional classical monologue. We regularly attend a variety of unified graduate school auditions. Auditions are held on-campus by appointment. (An accompanist is provided for all on-site auditions.) A headshot and resume is required. You may be asked to supply a statement of purpose and three letters of recommendation.

For more information or to schedule an audition, contact Amy Herzberg, Head of the M.F.A. Acting program.

MFA Design Program

Concentrations in Lighting Design, Scene Design, and Costume Design and Technology.

Admission into the Design program is by interview and portfolio review only. Interviews for upcoming academic years are held between November and March of the preceding academic year. Students are admitted in the fall semester and, on special occasions, summer semester. Interviews are held on-campus by appointment. Interviews are also scheduled at Regional ACTF festivals, SETC, USITT, and other regional conferences.

For more information, please contact Head of Design, Patricia Martin.

MFA Directing Program

The Directing program trains well-rounded, curious, and impassioned artists in traditional and current theatre techniques. We typically accept two students every other year, from throughout the region, nation, and world. Upon entering the program, most of our students have significant theatre or directing experience.

The application process begins with your submission of: a DVD of selective directing work; resume; statement of purpose; plays you're interested in directing; college transcripts; and three current letters of recommendation. Qualified students will be invited to interview on-campus.

For more information, please contact Michael Landman, Head of the M.F.A. Directing program.

MFA Playwriting Program

Applicants to the Playwriting program should submit two completed scripts, at least one of which must be a full-length play. The second script may be a short play, a screenplay, or another full-length. Please also submit a theatre resumé, listing playwriting activity, workshops, readings and productions, as well as any related theatre experience. Include a statement of purpose (500+ words) explaining why you want to pursue an MFA at this time, and what you are looking for – and would hope to achieve – in an MFA program. Review of applicants begins in January.

For further information, please contact John Walch, Head of the M.F.A. Playwriting program.