Loyola Marymount University’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Performance Pedagogy provides an opportunity for students to achieve a terminal degree with a focus on pedagogy and theory of teaching theatre performance at the secondary and university levels. Designed for individuals with experience as professional theatre artists looking to expand their career options, the program will develop our graduate students’ existing knowledge with courses in acting theory, pedagogy, directing, design, theatre history and dramatic literature, as they cultivate their skills as teachers of the craft of acting and the discipline of theatre.
Following the completion of the MFA in Performance Pedagogy Program, our graduates will emerge with the skills necessary to go on to teach at universities, high schools, actor training programs or go into private practice as acting coaches, opening their own studios or working for other private coaches or theatres.
The goal of the program is to produce an educated professional artist who teaches relying upon both traditional and cutting edge pedagogical techniques. As the study of theatre engages the whole person (body, mind and spirit), we encourage all students to see their studies in a broad social, ethical and cultural context.
The program approaches the study of theatre with the view that theatre is a laboratory for the study of the whole of life, and our students are given multiple opportunities to teach and mentor undergraduate students as an important component of the program.