Performance as Public Practice

Performance as Public Practice

All applicants for admission to the Performance as Public Practice Program must provide evidence of aptitude for and interest in research (either for publication or production), writing and teaching the primary emphases of the program, which focuses heavily on performance as public practice. Admission to the M.A., M.F.A. or Ph.D. Program is based on several criteria.

Application Deadline for Fall 2022: December 15, 2021

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.A. in Theatre (Performance as Public Practice)," “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 Performance as Public Practice program.

  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Applicants to the M.A. and M.F.A. programs are expected to have completed an undergraduate degree. Applicants to the doctoral program are expected to have completed a master's degree before beginning work on the doctorate. In rare cases, applicants without a master's degree may be admitted, but will be expected to make up deficiencies. Previous training and experience other than coursework will be considered. Online instructions for uploading transcripts (PDF format only).
  • GRE Score: The Graduate Studies Committee of Theatre and Dance has found that students who do not have a verbal score that ranks considerably higher than the 70% percentile do not perform well in the Performance as Public Practice program. Since the GRE scores are only part of the criteria considered, however, there is no minimum verbal score. The University of Texas at Austin Institution Code is 6882. For more information, please visit
  • Three letters of recommendation: To be most helpful, letters should be written by those qualified to judge the student's work for the Performance as Public Practice program, and should comment specifically on the student's aptitude for advanced work in their areas of interest. 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.
  • Résumé of your relevant academic, professional, and creative credentials
  • Statement of Purpose: In a two-page statement, indicate specifically how our program might fit your needs and interests. Read the faculty bios and, if possible or appropriate, suggest faculty with whom you might like to work. If you are an M.A. applicant, a general sense of your area of interest will suffice. If you are a M.F.A or Ph.D. applicant, a more developed statement of a potential thesis/dissertation project is important for our consideration of your application.
  • Writing Samples: Applicants to the M.F.A. or Ph.D. programs should submit two writing samples that demonstrate their ability to conduct research and to write, while M.A. applicants should submit one sample. We prefer samples 5-15 pages in length. For Ph.D. applicants, we suggest graduate-level essays or excerpts from your thesis. For M.F.A. and M.A. applicants, we recommend papers written for undergraduate research. Essays written for publication or non-academic settings are also appropriate.
  • Samples of Performance Work or other materials (Optional): Applicants may submit other evidence of training, experience, aptitude and motivation, although the criteria listed above are most pertinent to the program's deliberations. Please limit supplementary materials to your most relevant or current work. The format should be a website link or a single DVD. Please limit submission length to 15-20 minutes. Résumé, statement of purpose, writing samples and other materials should be submitted online at the Document Upload System.

Any materials that cannot be uploaded in PDF format should be mailed directly to:

Attn: Dr. Charlotte Canning
Department of Theatre and Dance
300 E. 23rd Street Stop D3900
Austin, TX 78712

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