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UC San Diego's Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program in Theatre was created in 1974. Several years later the Department of Theatre and Dance began offering its PhD in Theatre and Drama, a joint program with UC Irvine.

In 1985, a unique professional relationship with La Jolla Playhouse was established, and that relationshipgrows stronger each year. The La Jolla Playhouse (Tony Award winner for Outstanding Regional Theatre) is in residence at UC San Diego in our shared facilities, the Mandell Weiss Center for the Performing Arts, and they produce some of the most vital and nervy theatre in this country.
The Department of Theatre and Dance shares their vision of what theatre training ought to be, and as such our MFA students in Acting, Dance, Design, Directing, and Stage Management get at least one professional residency with the La Jolla Playhouse.

If you have questions or would like more information about our Graduate programs, call the Graduate Coordinator at 858-534-1046 or email at meward@ucsd.edu.
Learn more about the UC San Diego's Master of Fine Arts and PhD programs using the links below.

MFA in Acting

MFA in Dance

MFA in Design

MFA in Directing

MFA in Playwriting

MFA in Stage Management

PhD in Theatre and Drama


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