One of only six comparable programs in the country, the graduate program in Applied Drama and Theatre for the Young is committed to the power of the theatre arts as a positive catalyst in the lives of young people and their communities. This field of study is organized around three principal contexts:
The program offers two highly specialized degrees (both MFA and MA), and is available to both full- and part- time students. The program seeks to:
As a graduate student, you'll join a family of exceptional students from all over the U.S. and abroad. Many of our students and alumni have won national and international research and artistic awards. These include a DAAD Fellowship (the German equivalent of a Fulbright Scholarship), and the Don and Elizabeth Doyle Fellowship (presented by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education to graduate students with demonstrated potential to become leading artists in theatre for young audiences).
You'll be studying under a skilled faculty, experts in both academic and creative work in the discipline. Many of our faculty members have been invited to teach and direct around the country and abroad. They are regular presenters at conferences and maintain active schedules of creative work. Students also have the opportunity to present at the Graduate Research Fair and at national conferences in addition to producing their own creative projects.
In addition to your coursework, there are many co-curricular opportunities available to you as a graduate student at EMU, including:
The program has a proven record of service and of sustained commitment to celebrating diversity. Our Drama/Theatre for the Young graduate students and faculty are heavily involved in community engagement and service to the EMU and southeastern Michigan communities. We partner with many community schools, arts and youth organizations such as Ypsilanti Head Start and Ozone House to develop arts-based projects that benefit the community through a wide variety of programs, including:
Representative Graduate Projects/Thesis
"Beyond the Briar Patch: An Anthology of African American Plays for Young Audiences"
"Creating and implementing the Mid-Michigan Youth Theatre and its inaugural production of HONK! "
"Negotiating Selves in a Foreign Land: an autoethnographic performance examining the complex issue of identity formation"
"Moving Forward by Playing Back: Using Drama to Unpack the Experience of Joblessness"
"A Tale of Two Princes, or 'What's the Big Whoop?'" (Performed research concerning the children's picturebook, King & King, by Linda De Haan & Stern Nijland)
Mainstage Production (Direction) of Bud Not Buddy, written by Christopher Paul Curtis and adapted for the stage by Reginald Andre Jackson
"CrossTown Theatre Troupe Handbook for future CTT teaching artists"
" Unexpected Journeys," (an ethnographic performance about the care-givers of chronically sick children)
"Using Improvisation to Bridge Social Barriers for Non-Native Speakers"