What is Acting at WVU like?
The Master of Fine Arts in Acting at WVU is an intensive three-year course of study preparing individuals for the industry through studio instruction and performance opportunities. The School of Theatre & Dance accepts a class of 6-8 actors to the program once every three years. The current graduate class of MFA Acting students began in Fall of 2021. The next application cycle will begin in November 2023 for a Fall 2024 start.
The small class size provides individualized attention while building an intimate, collaborative, and innovative ensemble. The process-oriented training is rooted in the conservatory-style structure and provides an environment conducive to risk-taking and experimentation. The program is committed to developing professional artists ready for industry careers under the guidance of core faculty and resident/guest artists with various expertise in the field.
The graduate acting ensemble serves as the core of the casting pool for 5-6 main stage productions, as well as multiple student and faculty workshop projects. They serve as leaders and mentors to undergraduate students in the classroom, studios, rehearsals, and performance. Assistantships are available, which include tuition waiver, a stipend, and health insurance. Graduate students fulfill their assistantship through teaching in the classroom, publicity engagement and branding for the School, or working with West Virginia Public Theatre (our affiliate professional theatre).
- Jessica Morgan, Movement
- Lee Blair, AEA, Acting & Directing
- Jerry McGonigle, Acting & Directing
- Cornel Gabara, Acting
- Brianne Taylor, Voice & Speech
Each graduate program sets their own term of admission and application deadline. Applicants can only apply for admission for the term displayed below. Any questions regarding the application deadline should be directed to the graduate program representative.
Fall: March 31