The MFAPP program was designed for professional actors who do not want to take time off from their career in order to earn a terminal graduate degree. It is aimed at mid-career professional performers who want to learn how to teach. It was created for individuals who do not need a graduate degree in acting, since they have been acting professionally for years, but who want to learn how to teach acting at a variety of levels, from high school through college, through running one's own studio for other professionals.
The MFAPP at LMU consists of classes offered in the late afternoons and evenings, designed to prepare the professional actor to teach, direct and mentor theatre students. You study on a beautiful campus on L.A.'s Westside, with the option to attend either full or part-time. Students admitted to this rigorous program become quickly immersed in the theories and practices of actor training, gaining hands-on experience in the classroom. The curriculum includes a core group of classes to prepare for teaching acting, then allows for a number of electives so that each student may focus on particular areas of interest for further development, including directing, actor coaching, and teaching specialized classes in everything from voice to stage combat to specific techniques.
Whether your goal is to open your own studio, teach acting classes at a nearby college, join the faculty of a university as a full-time professor or teach high school theatre, the MFAPP is designed to help you meet your goals and become a trained and qualified teacher of acting and performance.