mfa acting

Please note: We are not currently accepting applications for Fall 2024 for the MFA Program in Acting.  For information regarding application for admission in Fall 2025 please contact Prof. Jim Wren at [email protected].

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Acting is a program dedicated solely to the development of the advanced actor pursuing a career in professional and/or academic theatre. The MFA in Acting is a terminal degree designed to develop the individual’s artistry and to provide advanced specialized training. The degree is the appropriate choice for students intending to pursue professional careers in theatre, film, and/or television.

The MFA in Acting program is competitive, accepting a small core of students every other year, ensuring that classes are small and training is personal. Students study voice, movement, acting for the camera, audition techniques, dialects, and contemporary and period scene study. At the core of the program is an intensely focused series of acting classes in conjunction with practicum credits where students apply what they have learned.

During their course of study, students are expected to complete 60 hours of classes and perform at least three major or supporting roles in the Mainstage, Theatre for Youth, or Studio seasons. The program requires a Master Production consisting of a performed role, a formal analytical paper, and a rehearsal journal. In the final semester, MFA Acting students participate in the School of Theatre’s New York Showcase as a means of launching their professional careers.


View the Graduate Bulletin for this program’s curriculum.

Questions? Contact Jim Wren at [email protected]



Does UNCG require the GRE? 

No, the School of Theatre does not require the GRE for admission into the MFA Programs.

Are on-campus auditions/interviews required? 

UNCG attends the URTA auditions in Chicago and NYC, in addition to hosting a day of on-campus auditions in February of a recruiting year. The School of Theatre also accepts video auditions and zoom interviews for consideration for admission.

How many students are admitted into the MFA Program in Acting? 

UNCG admits 8 students every other year.

Is financial aid available for students in the MFA Program in Acting? 

All students admitted into the program will receive graduate teaching assistantships. These assistantships carry tuition waivers and a stipend.

If accepted, am I able to defer admission for a year? 

No. Due to the structure of the program and the sequential course offerings, a single cohort of actors goes through the program together. It is not possible to start in an “off” year.