Directing (M.F.A. in Theatre)

Directing (M.F.A. in Theatre)

The M.F.A. in Theatre with a specialization in directing in the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas recruits a limited number of students, usually one to two early-to-mid-career directors with professional experience past their undergraduate work. Talent and achievement as a professional theatre artist, recommendations from professional sources and a clearly articulated statement of purpose are the primary criteria for admission.

Application Deadline for Fall 2022: December 15, 2021

Finalists will be selected for an interview. No formal interviews will take place before the selection of finalists.

How to Apply

To apply, go to and create an account and fill out the form. Note: Online requests for recommendations will be activated only after you have completed and paid for your application.

You will be able to choose your Area of Interest on a pull down menu. This will ensure that you are applying to the right program. For example, “M.F.A. in Theatre (Directing),” “M.F.A. in Theatre (Costume Design),” etc.

After completing and paying for your application you will be sent an email (within approximately 48 hours). This email will direct you to a site where you can check your Application Status (using your new EID) and begin to upload your application requirements.

The application for graduate admission is a multi-step process. For detailed instructions, please visit The University of Texas at Austin Graduate School online.

Application Materials

In addition to your application, the following materials are required in order to be considered for admission in the M.F.A. in Theatre (Directing) program.

  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Online instructions for uploading transcripts (PDF format only).
  • GRE Score: The GRE is not required for admission to the M.F.A. in Theatre (Directing) program.
  • Three letters of recommendation: These letters should be written by those who can speak most authoritatively about your background, training, professional experience and potential for a career in your chosen area of specialization in theatre. Each reference will receive instructions on how to submit his/her letter online to the Graduate School's secured web site. Only one letter is required from each reference.
  • Professional Résumé
    • Portfolio: A portfolio is required that includes any or all of the following: photos of realized productions or records or realized art work, video of work, reviews, samples of your director's script for any productions or any other record or writing on your work. 
    • Statement of Purpose: This two-page statement of purpose should outline educational and professional goals, philosophy and/or personal theatre aesthetic. 

Résumé, statement of purpose and other materials should be submitted online at the Document Upload System.

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