Master of Fine Arts in Acting for the Returning Professional

The objective of the Master of Fine Arts program in Acting for the Returning Professional is to prepare those with extensive acting experience for other careers in the field and to enrich and expand their understanding of theatre. Students have the opportunity to teach, both in the classroom and through participation in productions, as well as draw on their professional experiences and conduct original research.

Admission & Audition Requirements

Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2016

Individuals seeking admission to the Master of Fine Arts program in Acting for the Returning Professional must audition and complete an interview in addition to applying for graduate admission to Kent State University. The Returning Professional program looks for candidates who possess substantial professional experience that may include, but is not limited to: Broadway credits, major regional and/or international performance credits, film or television credits, awards of national recognition, professional union affiliation, publication in field of expertise, and a significant record of mentoring. This information, meant to give a sense of a candidate's work, can be provided through resume/CV, performance reviews, interviews, awards, etc. 

  • Credit earned for learning through professional experience
  • Intensive 2 year curriculum
  • Teaching and mentorship opportunities
  • On-site professional summer theatre, Porthouse Theatre
  • Teaching assistantships available with full tuition waiver, stipend and subsidized health coverage.

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Audition Requirements & Instructions


Students enrolled in Mentorships receive credit for performing in a mainstage production, with an emphasis on teaching other students by example, vis à vis professional comportment and the demonstration of the processes the mentor uses in preparing and performing a role. Students may also complete teaching practicums in order to refine their skills in teaching and develop a teaching philosophy and portfolio.

Students in the Returning Professionals track will prepare a Master of Fine Arts Culminating Project appropriate to their experience and interests.

For More Information

Amy Fritsche

Assistant Professor, Acting and Musical Theatre