MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance

In addition to the standard graduate admissions requirements, the following is required to apply for Fall 2014 admittance to the MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance program:

Professional Experience:

  • Applicants must demonstrate through professional work history or academic record accomplishment in one of the following areas, and a minimum degree of competency in all three:
    • Acting: preferably with significant training in more than one approach i.e., physical, Meisner. 
    • Movement/Dance: postmodern or modern forms, martial art or significant physical acting training.
    • Voice: musical competency and foundation vocal technique either text or music based.
  • Prior artistic ensemble experience is highly encouraged.

Applicants must demonstrate maturity and readiness to undergo a rigorous professional training, and high levels of commitment and dedication. We particularly extend invitations to applicants who have worked in theater, dance, musical theater or any realm of performance, who have grounding in traditional techniques and have cultivated their own point of view and body of work. Of course, exceptional applicants coming directly from undergraduate programs are also welcome.

Head Shot:

Applicants must include a head shot or representative photo.

Campus Visit:

Visits to campus that include class observation are highly recommended. To set up your visit, please contact the Admissions Events and Visitation Coordinator by emailing , calling 303-546-3572, or filling out the online graduate applicant visitation form.

Informal informational sessions by phone or in-person may take place with an admissions counselor or with the MFA department at any time during the inquiry or application process.

In lieu of a visit to Boulder, interested applicants may wish to attend a workshop conducted by faculty of the MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance program faculty which present aspects of the current MFA curriculum. Dates and locations of these workshops will be posted on the Office of Admissions Events page.

Admissions Interviews:

If the MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance faculty and admissions counselors deem it necessary, the applicant may be invited to have an admissions interview in relation to workshops and campus visits. Applicants' admissions files must be complete before the department will schedule an interview.