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Theatre Arts

Master of Arts in Theatre w/ Concentration in


Dead Man's Cell Phone, February 2012

As an EMU Theatre Arts graduate student, you'll learn through both academic coursework and co-curricular programming. Programs of study are created according to each student's individualized needs/interests and are crafted in close consultation with his/her academic advisor. Graduate students in Theatre Arts at EMU receive advanced training in one or more of the following specializations:

  • Acting/Performance
  • Design & Technology
  • Directing
  • Theatre Studies/Dramaturgy

You'll also have multiple opportunities to practice what you've learned in our extensive annual Production Series, including

  • Mainstage. EMU Theatre produces six large scale productions annually (September to June). These productions are directed and designed by faculty or guest artists. Opportunities are regularly given to advanced undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of design, dramaturgy, stage management and assistant directing.
  • Second Stage. We produce two small scale experimental productions annually. These provide an opportunity for faculty and graduate students to work with original, more contemporary or non-dramatic scripts.
  • Lab Theatre. This four "slot" production series is designed to provide students an opportunity to immerse themselves in the producing experience. Completely student produced (directed, acted, and designed), the laboratory season offers a venue both for one-act or full length plays/non-dramatic productions as well as our annual Student Written One-Act Festival.

Representative Graduate Projects/Thesis

  • "Nietzsche's 'Toys of Desperation' or The Birth of Tragedy as Dramaturgical Alternative" (thesis)
  • "Cry, Baby, Cry!" (a personal narrative project exploring sibling abuse)
  • "Participatory Ritual as a Community Builder" (thesis)
  • "Somersaults and Duets" (original adaptation/directing project of stories of Donald Barthelme)
  • "Treacle-Well" (original adaptation/directing project of Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There)
  • "What Lies Within" (original re-scripting and staging of Medieval play Everyman)
  • Someone Who'll Watch Over Me (dramaturgy and directing project)

For more information, please contact Dr. Lee Stille, lstille@emich.edu or Dr. Pirooz Aghssa, pirooz.aghssa@emich.edu.