Theatre Arts MFA: Performance Pedagogy

LMU’s MFA in Performance Pedagogy is a graduate degree program designed for individuals with experience as theater professionals looking to expand their career options as teachers or professors of theater. The program will develop existing professional experience and knowledge with individually-tailored courses in acting theory, pedagogy, directing, design, theater history, and dramatic literature leading to a terminal master’s degree. Conveniently located at LMU's main campus in West Los Angeles, and offering flexible schedules and financial aid.


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Josh Grisetti '21

Professor and Co-Chair, Cal State Fullerton

“I would never have been ready to teach effectively in higher education without the support of the LMU performance pedagogy program. There is a vernacular and a skillset and a culture ingrained in the academic world that you don’t need to be aware of as a student, but must be as a faculty member — LMU prepared me for all of that.“

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Thomas Chavira '22

Adjunct Professor, Texas Christian University

"I can pinpoint my desire to teach starting from leading acting workshops where I discovered a new thrill: to educate and help others discover and carve out artistic choices. Before LMU, I was working sporadically as an actor and theatre producer, now I have landed a position prior to graduation teaching acting and theatre at Texas Christian University."

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Ann James '23

Theatre Educator and Intimacy Coordinator

"This program challenges your teaching philosophy in the very best ways. Professional educators working out in the field are being confronted with new teaching challenges coming out of the pandemic and the changing social and political landscapes. In this program, we discuss cutting-edge practices, and develop syllabi, lesson plans and overall outlook on what it means to be a responsive and prepared theater educator."

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Emily Stapleton '22

Lecturer and Director, Hawai'i Pacific University

“My time at LMU was life-changing. I especially appreciated how the program provided me the space to tailor my course work to my unique interests as an artist, allowing me to work as a teaching assistant for script analysis and playwriting in addition to teaching a writing/acting course of my own design to undergraduate students."

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