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Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Actors Studio at Pace University, MFA


Master of Fine Arts-The Actors Studio
New York City

The Actors Studio MFA is a full-time, three-year program (part time, non-credit, evening, and summer classes are not offered). The Actor track consists of 115 credits; the Director track consists of 115 credits; and the Playwright track consists of 93 credits. Guided by the methodology that has its roots in the system set forth by Constantin Stanislavski in his three groundbreaking books, An Actor Prepares, Building a Character, and Creating a Role, the program involves three years of intensive study in the dramatic arts. Continuously evolving, the system informs the curriculum of this unique dramatic arts degree program. Whether they are aspiring actors, directors, or playwrights, students begin their three-year exploration by studying the actor’s craft and developing a shared language. In the first year, students are immersed in learning the acting methodology and language, as well as training in their individual craft. In the second year, students continue their acting training and individual craft course work, and are now introduced into a unique, collaborative training encompassing the three disciplines. In the third year, student actors, directors, and playwrights work together as an ensemble to create, produce, and perform in a Repertory Season presented to the public.

For more information, visit www.pace.edu/dyson/actorsstudiomfa.

Master of Fine Arts-The Actors Studio

Curriculum
Guided by the methodology that has its roots in the “system” set forth by Constantin Stanislavski in his three groundbreaking books, An Actor Prepares, Building a Character, and Creating a Role, the Actors Studio Master of Fine Arts Program involves three-years of intensive study in the dramatic arts.

Continuously evolving, the “system” informs the curriculum of this unique dramatic arts degree program. Whether an aspiring actor, director, or playwright, you will begin your three-year exploration by studying the actor’s craft and developing a shared language. In the first year you will be consumed with learning the methodology and language, as well as training in your craft. In the second year you and your fellow MFA candidates will immerse yourselves in unique and specialized training. Working together as an ensemble―actors, directors, and playwrights―in your third year you will apply your knowledge and skills in a Repertory Season.

Unique elements of this program include the Craft Seminars, where artists from the Actors Studio share their experience and advice with students; participation in the acclaimed Bravo television show Inside the Actor’s Studio, which functions as a classroom for MFA candidates; Friday Workshops that expose MFA candidates to the Actors Studio members’ own interpretations of the “system;” and observation privileges at the Actors Studio. 

Year One:

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester  

THR 501

Basic Technique 1 
All students 6 credits

THR 502

Basic Technique 2 
All students 6 credits 

THR 521 

Voice and Speech 1 
Actors/Elective  3 credits

THR 522

Voice and Speech 2 
Actors/Elective 3 credits 

THR 523

Neutral American Speech 1
Required for Selected Actors 3 credits 

THR 524

Neutral American Speech 2
Required for Selected Actors 3 credits  

THR 541

Preparing to Direct 1
Directors 4 credits 

THR 542

Preparing to Direct 2
Directors 4 credits  

THR 543

History of Directing 1
Directors 3 credits

THR 544

History of Directing 2
Directors 3 credits

THR 545

Storytelling and the Use of Space 1 Directors 2 credits

THR 546

Storytelling and the Use of Space 2 Directors 2 credits

THR 551

Playwriting 1
Playwrights 4 credits 

THR 552

Playwriting 2
Playwrights 4 credits  

THR 531

Improvisational Movement 1
Actors/Elective 3 credits 

THR 532

Improvisational Movement 2
Actors/Elective 3 credits  

THR 533

Movement 1 --
West African Dance
Elective 3 credits 

THR 534

Movement 2 --
West African Dance
Elective 3 credits  

THR 503 

Theater History 1
All students 3 credits 

THR 504

Theater History 2
All students 3 credits  

THR 505

Workshop 1
All students 3 credits

THR 506

Workshop 2
All students 3 credits 

THR 507

The Craft Seminar 1
All students 0 credits  

THR 508

The Craft Seminar 2
All students 0 credits   

THR 509 

The Observer Program
All students 0 credits 

THR 510

The Observer Program
All students 0 credits  

Actors 

18 (6 elective credits)*

Actors 

18 (6 elective credits)*

Directors 

21 (9 elective credits)*

Directors 

21 (9 elective credits)*

Playwrights

16 (9 elective credits)*

Playwrights 

16 (9 elective credits)*

*Electives not required

  

Year Two:

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

THR 601

Scene Work 1
All students 6 credits

THR 602

Scene Work 2
All students 6 credits

THR 621

Voice and Speech 3
Actors/Elective 3 credits

THR 622

Voice and Speech 4
Actors/Elective 3 credits

THR 623

Neutral American Speech 3
Required for Selected Actors 3 credits

THR 624

Neutral American Speech 4
Required for Selected Actors 3 credits

THR 633

Movement 3 --
Horton Technique 1
Elective 3 credits

THR 634

Movement 4 --
Horton Technique 2
Elective 3 credits

THR 635

Improvisational Movement 3
Actors/Elective 3 credits

THR 636

Improvisational Movement 4
Actors/Elective 3 credits

THR 661

Playwrights and Directors
Unit 1
Playwrights and Directors
4 credits

THR 662

Playwrights and Directors
Unit 2
Playwrights and Directors
4 credits

THR 651

Playwriting 3
Playwrights 6 credits

THR 652

Playwriting 4
Playwrights 6 credits

THR 641

Directing 1
Directors 8 credits

THR 642

Directing 2
Directors 8 credits

THR 681

Principles of Design -- Creative Collaboration 1
Directors/Elective 2 credits

THR 682

Principles of Design -- Creative Collaboration 2
Directors/Elective 2 credits

THR 603

Theater History 3
All students - Group 1  3 credits

THR 603

Theater History 3
All students - Group 2 3 credits

THR 605

Continuing Sensory Lab
Elective 0 credits

THR 606

Continuing Sensory Lab
Elective 0 credits

THR 607

The Craft Seminar 3
All students 0 credits

THR 608

The Craft Seminar 4
All students 0 credits

THR 609

The Observer Program
All students 0 credits

THR 610

The Observer Program
All students 0 credits

Actors 

15 (8 elective credits)*

Actors 

15 (8 elective credits)*

Directors 

23 (9 elective credits)*

Directors 

20 (9 elective credits)*  

Playwrights

19 (11 elective credits)*

Playwrights 

19 (11 elective credits)*   

*Electives not required

  

Year Three:

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

THR 701

Process Lab 1
All students  4 credits

THR 702

Process Lab 2
All students  4 credits

THR 703

Scene Work 3
Actors 4 credits

THR 704

Scene Work 4
Actors 4 credits

THR 721

Voice and Speech 5
Actors/Elective 3 credits

THR 722

Voice and Speech 6
Actors/Elective 3 credits

THR 711

Classics: Period and Style 1
Actors/Elective 4 credits

THR 712

Classics: Period and Style 2
Actors/Elective 4 credits

THR 733

Movement 5 - Ballroom
Elective 3 credits

THR 735

Improvisational Movement 5
Actors/Elective 3 credits

THR 736

Improvisational Movement 6
Actors/Elective 3 credits

THR 751

Playwriting 5
Playwrights 4 credits

THR 752

Playwriting 6
Playwrights 4 credits

THR 741

Directing 3
Directors 4 credits

THR 742

Directing 4
Directors 4 credits

THR 783

Applied Stage Design 1:
Scenic, Lighting, Costume
Directors  3 credits

THR 784

Applied Stage Design 2:
Scenic, Lighting, Costume
Directors  3 credits

THR 707

The Craft Seminar 5
All students 0 credits

THR 708

The Craft Seminar 6
All students 0 credits

THR 709

The Observer Program
All students 0 credits

 THR 710

The Observer Program
All students 0 credits

Actors 

18 (3 elective credits)*  

Actors 

18 (0 elective credits)*

Directors 

11 (13 elective credits)*

Directors 

11 (10 elective credits)*

Playwrights

8 (13 elective credits)*  

Playwrights 

8 (10 elective credits)* 

*Electives not required

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