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Susan Dibble

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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Theater Arts: Acting

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About the Program

*Please note that our program is not accepting applications for the this cycle.*

Brandeis University's graduate program in theater arts is designed to provide the highest level of theatrical investigation and practice. With an intention to create theater artists who will shape the future of American and world theater, Brandeis theater arts is dedicated to the transmission of technique-based knowledge, as well as providing professional-level performance experiences in the various venues with the Brandeis Theater Company in the Spingold Center for the Performing Arts. Our goal is to set the stage for a theater of the future that is alive with excitement, clarity and surprise.


We encourage you to explore one of the department’s greatest assets through our faculty pages.

Courses and Degree Requirements

For the most updated course listing, course descriptions, and degree requirements, please visit the Registrar.

How to Apply

Application Deadline: March 15. Please note that our program is not accepting applications for this cycle.

Admission Requirements

Please note that the requirements below are for the Theater Arts: Acting program, and are subject to change for the forthcoming Theater Arts: Performance program. Please check back for updates.

Applicants must submit:

  • An online application;
  • An application fee (please click here for more information);
  • Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be uploaded to your application; do not mail official transcripts to our office. For more information, visit Frequently Asked Questions;
  • Two letters of recommendation, submitted electronically;
  • curriculum vitae (CV) or resume;
  • statement of purpose indicating your reasons for undertaking graduate study. In addition, please describe your qualifications for the academic program and your objectives in undertaking this program.
  • Artistic resume;
  • Head shot: Please mail a copy of your head shot and artistic resume directly to the Theater Arts Department prior to your audition:
    Theater Arts Department
    MS 072
    Brandeis University
    Waltham, MA 02452-9110
  • Interview and audition: After an application is submitted and all supporting credentials are received, the applicant should contact the theater program office for an appointment.

Audition Guidelines:

1. Prepare two contrasting pieces totaling not more than four minutes.
2. Select one contemporary and one classical piece, if possible.
3. Select material that you love and that speaks to your idea of theater.
4. Select material that is roughly within your own age range.
5. If you wish to sing or dance, please provide your own music or be prepared to perform a cappella. 

International students For additional requirements for international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents), minimum TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores, and important information regarding visas, please click here. If you are submitting TOEFL scores, please note that our TOEFL institution code is 3261.

For a more comprehensive description of application requirements, please visit Frequently Asked Questions.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Generous scholarships and financial aid are available; for more information please visit Financial Aid.

Careers and Alumni

Students and alumni can work closely with Career Services for an array of resources, including CV/resume help, job search, and networking.