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The School of Theatre & Dance’s commitment to academic excellence and the highest performance standards has made the institution a vital resource in the educational and cultural life of this city. We offer graduate students a rigorous program of study in both academic and performance areas, producing some of the most talented graduates who go on to become leaders in their fields. The University of Houston offers the following graduate-level programs: MFA in Acting, MFA in Costume Technology, MFA Technical Direction, MA Theatre Studies, MFA Lighting Design, MFA Costume Design, MFA Scenic Design, and Summer MA for Theatre Educators. 


The Houston community is a rich environment in which to study theatre. This lively entertainment zone hosts nine theater venues across 17 downtown blocks. The district, with nearly 13,000 seats for live performances, ranks second in the United States for the number of theater seats in a concentrated downtown area, and is one of only five cities with permanent professional resident companies in all the major performing arts disciplines. Students of UH have numerous opportunities for theatre experiences in the city of Houston.