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Tailored for You

The MFAPP program was designed for working theatre professionals 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, with individually-tailored coursework to match your area of expertise, whether you come from professional acting, set/costume design, directing, or something else! 

Flexible and Responsive

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. Hands-on teaching opportunities are also an important part of the program as you develop your skills.

Enhance Your Career

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.

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In Their Own Words
"My time at LMU has already been life-changing. The opportunity to learn from such highly skilled professors and study amongst other passionate educators has been invaluable in my development as a teacher. And I especially appreciate how the program provides 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 my own section of acting for undergraduate students."
-Emily Stapleton, MFAPP student