Movement Theater Studio, NYC (Brooklyn College)



Judylee Vivier
Program Head
313 Whitehead Hall
718-951-5000 x2763

MFA Acting Info Sheet (Brooklyn College) MFA Acting Info Sheet
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The MFA Acting program at Brooklyn College is a two-year full-time residency committed to rigorous training in voice, movement, speech, acting, and theatrical analysis.

MFA Acting candidates work collaboratively with MFA directors, playwrights, dramaturges, and designers throughout their two years, fostering connections among the next-generation of innovative, engaged theatre artists.

Students receive a myriad of performance opportunities in a professional environment that challenges them to apply the techniques and skills practiced in the studio. These opportunities range from the full season of department productions (with professional NYC-based directors and alumni directors) to scene-study work in directing classes and MFA directors’ thesis productions.

MFA Acting candidates also work collaboratively on staged readings and productions with Brooklyn College's esteemed MFA Playwriting Program, headed by Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney.

Select MFA Acting candidates are offered the opportunity to teach in the Brooklyn College BA Program, allowing them to simultaneously develop as educators while they grow as artists.

We look for actors who are diverse, multicultural, and come from a variety of experiences: the more variety our student body brings to the program, the more exciting the work that can be created, in class and on stage. We seek individuals who are socially conscious, disciplined, and hungry for new experience.

MFA Acting Training Program (Brooklyn College) MFA Acting Training Program


The first-year of study emphasizes the expansion and exploration of the actor’s imagination, the knowledge of the physical instrument, and use of the self, applying this work in the studio environment as well as in production.

Second-year work focuses on the demands of heightened language, elements of style, and modes of behavior in classical texts that have specific vocal and physical demands, as well as the specific skills necessary for on-camera work.

Professional studio classes focusing on entering the industry and building a career are also included, connecting students to the network of working professionals in New York City and beyond. In their final semester, the actors perform a showcase produced in Manhattan.

MFA Acting Sample Course Load (Brooklyn College) MFA Acting Sample Course Load


New Extended Deadline: January 15 (January 25 for international students)
URTA Auditions: January 18-21 at NY Millennium Times Square Hotel at 145 W 44th St
Brooklyn College Auditions: January 26 at Ripley-Grier Studios at 520 Eighth Ave
Callbacks: January 27 at Brooklyn College, Tow Performing Arts Center, Studio 093

MFA Acting Audition Information (Brooklyn College) 2019 MFA Acting Audition Information

Because the focus of the training in the MFA Acting Program is on the individual process, the class is small: a maximum of only 10 graduate students can be accepted each Fall. The selection and audition process is highly competitive. Acceptance into the Program requires a firm commitment to the full-time two-year residency.

MFA Acting Entrance Requirements (Brooklyn College) MFA Acting Entrance Requirements