Theatre, M.A.

Department of Theatre, College of Performing Arts

Vision Statement

To ignite in the student, teacher and community a capacity for critical thinking, compassionate feeling, collaborative vision, and ability to delight.

“The true purpose of theatre is to create myths, to express life in its immense, universal aspect, and from that, to extract images in which we find pleasure in discovering ourselves.”-Antonin Artaud

The overall goal of the program is to help our students develop a deeper understanding of their roles as theatre artists by studying and applying theory and criticism, history, and literature to their work as actors, directors, designers, dramaturges, or scholars. We emphasize the interaction between scholarship and production. All of our students work in multiple disciplines in preparation for Ph.D. work or careers in professional, academic, or community theatres.

Program Contact Information:

Dr. Cindy Phaneuf, Graduate Program Chair

Weber Fine Arts Building (WFAB) 323

402-554-2552

cphaneuf@unomaha.edu

Program Website:

http://www.unomaha.edu/unotheatre/index.php

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: Rolling (if applying for funding all application materials are due February 22)
  • Spring: Rolling (if applying for funding all application materials are due October 1)
  • Summer: Rolling

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • One official copy of transcripts for ALL institutions previously attended
  • Application Fee
  • If English is not the language of nurture, official test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam are required
    • 500 on the written TOEFL
    • 173 on the computer-based TOEFL
    • 61 on the internet-based TOEFL
    • 5.5 on the IELTS
    • 44 on the PTE
  • Minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in undergraduate courses related to proposed major

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Minimum of 15 undergraduate semester hours with a "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) average in appropriate courses or experience equivalent to undergraduate training in theatre.
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
  • Letters should address your potential for scholarly and artistic achievement at the graduate level.
  • Statement of Purpose
    • Not to exceed three double-spaced typewritten pages explaining why you wish to pursue a Master of Arts in Theatre. The statement of purpose should also address your interest in an area of concentration. These statements are reviewed for quality of writing and the extent to which your goals are compatible with the strengths and interests of the theatre faculty and the stated objectives of the program.
  • Writing Sample
    • Sample can be from any academic discipline and should show the candidate’s ability to conceptualize and write at a graduate level
  • (optional) Resume (theatre resume or work resume)
  • (optional) Portfolio

    MA-THEA Degree Requirements

    MA-THEA Required Courses (3 hours):

    THEA 8900Theatre Research Methods

    2 credits

    THEA 8910Research Methods II

    1 credit

    MA-THEA Required Seminar Courses (9 hours):

    Select 3 of the following:

    THEA 8920Dramatic Theory & Criticism: Ancient Greeks to 1850

    3 credits

    THEA 8930Theatre in Our Community: Theory & Criticism

    3 credits

    THEA 8940Modern Theatre Aesthics: Realism & Naturalism to 1980

    3 credits

    OR

    THEA 8950Contemporary Theatre Aesthetics: 1980-Present and Beyond

    3 credits

    MA-Theatre Electives (3-12 hours):

    If a concentration is established, nine (9) hours will be fulfilled within the courses required for the specific area of concentration and three (3) hours will be filled by electives. If no concentration is established, then twelve (12) hours of electives are required.

    Hours depend on which option is chosen.

    MA-Theatre Concentrations (9 hours):

    See M.A.-Theatre Concentrations

    MA-THEA Exit Requirements:

    Thesis Option

    THEA 8990Thesis

    1 - 3 credits

    Comprehensive Examination

    Thesis: Successful completion of at least 24 semester hours of course work, including at least 12 hours in 8000-level courses; plus a thesis (six [6] credit hours) based on a proposal approved by the student's supervisory committee and defended orally before the committee when completed.

    All candidates should carefully review the Graduate College requirements for forming the Supervisory Committee, Thesis/Thesis Equivalent Proposal Approval Forms and the final approval and submission of the thesis.

    Thesis Equivalent Project option

    THEA 8980Final Project

    1 - 3 credits

    Comprehensive Examination

    Thesis: Successful completion of at least 30 semester hours of course work including at least 12 hours in 8000-level courses; plus a Final Project (six [6] credit hours) consisting of major responsibility in a production approved by the theatre faculty and the Graduate Program Committee in Theatre or an equivalent major effort in, for example, playwriting or a project of sufficient challenge and depth which is approved by the Theatre Graduate Program Committee.  A final paper, portfolio, script or equivalent documentation will be assembled upon completion of the project and presented to the student's supervisory committee. The student will make an oral defense of the project before the committee.

    Project Option

    THEA 8980Final Project

    1 - 3 credits

    Comprehensive Examination

    Final Project: Successful completion of at least 33 semester hours of course work, including at least 15 hours in 8000-level courses; plus a Final Project (three [3] credit hours) consisting of major responsibility in a production approved by the theatre faculty and the Graduate Program Committee in theatre or an equivalent major effort in, for example, playwriting or a project of sufficient challenge and depth which is approved by the theatre Graduate Program Committee. A final prompt book, journal, portfolio, script or equivalent documentation will be assembled upon completion of the project and presented to the student's committee. The student will make an oral defense of the project before the theatre graduate program committee.

    TOTAL CREDIT HOURS:

    Thesis Option: 30

    Thesis Equivalent Project Option: 36

    Final Project Option: 36