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Please email Jessica Ferrarone at with further inquiries.

The Summer M.A. for Theatre Educators is an exciting and convenient path for busy theatre educators to accomplish a graduate degree over the course of 26 months (including 3 summers). The design of our curriculum includes updated pedagogical practices and experiential approaches to working with young people in areas like acting, directing, and design. Our renowned faculty are passionate about working with theatre educators. In addition to our innovative curriculum and dedicated instructors our students also have access to the many resources and amenities that University of Houston has to offer its graduate students.

One of the most exciting components of our program happens during the final week of study each summer. At the conclusion of our 3.5 weeks on-campus, we attend an off-site course, training with some of the most esteemed acting companies in the world. We see shows, take backstage tours, and attend talk-backs, to gather inspiration for the coming school year. Our off-site courses rotate each summer: Lincoln Center in NYC, Steppenwolf in Chicago, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Up to twelve theatre educators will be accepted each summer to begin their path toward a Master of Arts in Theatre. Classes run Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. for three and a half weeks, followed by one additional week off-site. Students have long weekends to study and explore the exciting arts community Houston has to offer. During the Spring and Fall semesters, students develop digital process-folios that document how they parlay the work from each summer into their own classrooms, design, and directing.


    Please review the Graduate Admissions requirements for UH, then complete your application to the CENTRAL campus Graduate College online at Apply Web.

    Applicants are additionally required to submit a mini-portfolio for consideration for acceptance into the Summer MA for Theatre Educators program. Submission of these materials is done through Acceptd. (MA Program for Theatre Educators at the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts.)

    The required materials for the program application are:

      • Statement of Purpose (2 pages)
      • Three (3) letters of recommendation  (One must be from a current administrator)
      • Your work process: containing pictures from a production (six photos minimum, 10 maximum) and a double-spaced two-page reflection on the applicant’s involvement, approach, and process involved in mounting the production. Include challenges, how they were overcome, and what was learned during the production process.
      • Official (sealed) transcript from every university the applicant attended  
        • An additional set of OFFICIAL e-transcripts submitted to the Graduate College through the online application in ApplyWeb   
      • Resumé  
      • Copy of Theatre Teaching Certificate from the State of Residency  
        • If teaching in a private school, a letter from a school administrator  
      • Proof of Completed Application to UH Graduate College/ Central Campus (ApplyWeb)

    Priority is given to applications received by March 15; however, applications continue to be accepted throughout the Spring. Absolute Deadline (if space is still available) is May 15 of the same year. 

    Please upload all portfolio requirements into Acceptd

    All program inquiries may be sent to Jessica Ferrarone at

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