The principles governing Brown/Trinity Repertory Acting and Directing programs are based on a belief that all else proceeds from the primary image of an actor on a platform talking to an audience.
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Actors are not the only artists in theater, nor are they the most important, but all artists in the theater (playwrights, directors, designers, and actors) start from the premise that the essence of our art is actors engaging with an audience, and that our common goal is to explore and enhance the live, communal experience that is at the heart of theater.
The course of study combines the best aspects of conservatory training with the practical experience of a three-year internship at a professional theater, enhanced by the academic courses and credentials supplied by a university degree program. Students graduating from the program should have the skills necessary to work as actors, directors, teachers, or a combination of all three.
Additional resources: Brown's special collections: Harris Collection of American Drama, the Sidney Albert Shaw Collection, the Smith Magicana Collection, three theaters, eight studios, departmental library, Harvard Theatre Collection, easily accessible resources throughout New England and in New York City, as well as downtown Providence theater spaces.
M.F.A. Acting: The core curriculum consists of daily acting, voice, and movement classes, supplemented by frequent workshops in specialty areas. Technique work continues throughout the program, but there is a progressive shift in emphasis from the acquisition and refinement of skills to their practical application. In the final semester, through individual and group sessions, the student focuses strongly on showcase presentations and thesis work. In addition to classroom training, assignments in the Consortium and/or Trinity Rep Company productions will be an important component of training. Students will be expected to participate in a variety of studio and mainstage productions. Understudy duties on mainstage Trinity productions may also be assigned; the combination of understudy and performance work will give the graduating student enough candidate weeks to be awarded his or her Equity card upon graduation.
M.F.A. Directing: The three-year program is defined thematically in the following manner: first year: story, text analysis and dramatic action — contemporary and modern drama; second year: conceptualization - verse drama and new plays; third year: collaboration and expanded forms. Directors will participate in a weekly directors' seminar, led by members of the Brown faculty and Trinity Rep artistic staff. In addition, they will attend academic courses designed to introduce a variety of theoretical concerns and methodological approaches. Directors will also participate in collaborative courses that combine students and faculty from the programs in playwriting, acting, directing, and design. In addition to classroom work, directing students will be expected to assist on two Trinity Rep main-stage productions, direct at least four studio productions, and direct a thesis project with full design support. Members of the directing faculty will closely supervise each of these productions.
Admission requirements: A photo, resume, and a private audition. Applicants are not required to respond to the questions regarding published articles or books and fluency in a foreign language in the Graduate School application. A writing sample is required for the Director's program (please see the Brown/Trinity Rep website for details).
GRE General: Not required
GRE Subject: Not required
Financial aid: Full and partial tuition scholarships based on financial need, past performance, and evidence of potential success in the program. Tuition scholarship grants are awarded at the time of acceptance.
Application deadline: January 4