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MFA – Directing

Eurydice (2018-2019)


The mission of the Directing program is to provide students with training in the process and practice of directing. The program is designed to give students the skills they will need to continue their own development and growth as directors in professional theatre.

The curriculum provides a careful balance of academic classes, studio work, and production experience. During the three years, students will direct fully mounted productions and a variety of other projects. Only two students are accepted each year to insure close personal attention and to provide sufficient production experience for each student. In addition to applying to the program, students must also apply to Florida State University.  For best consideration, we encourage you to apply by January 15.  We will continue to review applications throughout the Spring Semester until all positions are filled.

Admission Requirements for MFA Programs

    • A Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from an accredited college or university. (Students who do not hold a Theatre degree must show evidence of substantial course work and/or experience in theatre to indicate probability of achieving success in advanced theatre studies)
    • A grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) during the last two years of study for a bachelor’s degree or of 3.0 on a masters degree from an accredited university; OR an acceptable score on the combined verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination taken within the last 5 years
    • Specific approval of the faculty and program director within the School of Theatre
    • Applicants must submit a completed School of Theatre graduate application and supporting materials.

MFA Directing Program Flyer

Frequently Asked Questions

Graduate Application PDF

Graduate Application Word Doc

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Jessica Phelps West
Director, MFA Directing
239 Fine Arts Building
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1160