Theater: Contemporary Performance—Master of Fine Arts 

The Master of Fine Arts in Theater: Contemporary Performance is Naropa University's cutting-edge interdisciplinary, conservatory-style theater degree.

The mission of the MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance is to establish a home for the next generation of innovators and practitioners of performance. The program is committed to creating a laboratory for the research of new techniques, aesthetics and pedagogies deeply grounded in somatic training and contemplative practice, providing tools for both the performance and creation of devised work.

The Naropa Contemporary Performance MFA is the first training program of its kind in the country to link the study of contemporary physical theater, Viewpoints theory and practice, along with contemplative work. The program is rigorous and performance-heavy; you will get an extraordinary amount of performance experience as well as learn how to develop socially and politically relevant theater in the context of a strong ensemble.

Like Naropa's other performing and fine arts programs, the Contemporary Performance program breaks with tradition, allowing you to develop as an artist, individual, and activist.

Contemporary Performance MFA Degree Highlights

  • Develop and perform original creative work as part of a closely connected ensemble.
  • Complete a culminating project related to service learning, teaching, research, or production.
  • Immerse yourself in daily training sessions along with weekend and evening rehearsal periods.

Duration: The Contemporary Performance MFA is a 48-credit, two-year program.

2014 Tectonic Theater Project Moment Work Residency with Greg Pierotti

Rehearsal of the Aurora Shooting Grief Counseling moment // Performers: Gabrielle Orcha, Allison Caw, Victoria Gonzalez and Stephanie Wilbert

View more MFA Theater students in rehearsal for Work on the Edge performances. 

Meet MFA Theater Faculty



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Careers of Contemporary Performance Program Graduates

Naropa Contemporary Performance alumni are engaged, active artists who are helping to develop new performance work in New York, starting theater companies, teaching, opening community art spaces, as well as teaching in secondary schools and colleges and universities.

Related Naropa University Facilities and Initiatives

Naropa University's robust creative community provides a network of writers, artists, dancers, and musicians with which to collaborate.

Naropa University's inspiring artists produce regular readings, happenings, concerts, and art openings from which you can gain inspiration.

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