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Admissions | Summer MA for Theatre Educators

Download the application instructions and checklist and apply to UH Central Campus Main Campus. Select CLASS Theatre as your major.

Twelve theatre educators will be accepted this summer to begin their three year path.

Theatre educators applying for the MA program without thesis should send:

  1. A Statement of Purpose describing the applicant's educational and theatrical background as well as his or her reasons for wanting to pursue the MA Theatre Educator Summer Degree Plan (not to exceed two pages in length, double spaced)
  2. Three letters of recommendation from one from the applicant's current administrator and two additional professional colleagues familiar with the applicant's work.
  3. A mini-portfolio containing pictures from a production (three photo minimum) and a one-two page reflection on the applicants involvement, approach and process involved in mounting the production. Include difficulties and how they were overcome and what was learned by the students and the applicant during the production process.
    OR a 10-15 minute video submission (DVD or VHS format) of the applicant working with students in a teaching or directing situation, with a two page explanation of the lesson or directorial approach.
  4. Two sets of official transcripts from every university the applicant attended as an undergraduate.  Be sure to also include the final transcript from the institution granting the undergraduate degree, with the bachelor’s degree posted. One set of  transcripts should be included in the portfolio submission and one set of transcripts should be sent directly to Graduate admissions
  5. Resume (not exceeding two pages).
  6. Copy of Theatre Teaching Certificate from State of Residence.
  7. Official GRE scores or a letter of intent stating that they plan to take the GRE.
  8. Proof of application to UH Central Campus.

Application to the Summer MA requires submissions to both the Theatre department and to the University of Houston Graduate School.
Application to UH CENTRAL Campus should be completed on-line at
You will select:
        College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS)
        MA for Theatre Educators

Submit the following items to The University of Houston Graduate School via the website:

  • One set of transcripts with your degree posted for every college attended (note: the Graduate School Website says “two” because you will send one directly to the department in your mini-portfolio)
  • Official GRE Scores reported to School Code 6870
  • $50 non-refundable fee that must be submitted electronically (checks will be returned to the applicant)
  • For International Students: TOFEL Scores are required

Once you have completed the application on CollegeNET to the Graduate School, please print confirmation and include it in your portfolio submission to the theatre department.

NOTE: It is NOT necessary to submit the four items listed below to the Graduate School CollegeNET website. Instead they are included in your portfolio sent directly to the department:
o       Letters of Recommendation
o       Personal Statement
o       Resume or Vitae
o       Additional Material

The due date for applications is flexible.  Priority is given on a first come-first served basis after February 15 until the co-hort is full.  Admissions are rolling and applications are accepted year round. 

Please send all application materials together in one packet to:

Jessica Ferrarone
Head of Summer MA for Theatre Educators
The University of Houston
School of Theatre & Dance
3351 Cullen Blvd. 
Rm. 133
Houston, Tx. 77204-4016


Official Program Start Date is always the Monday following the International Thespian Association Convention.  The session generally runs the entire month of July.  Summer Semester end date is tentatively July 31 of each year.

If you have questions about the M.A. Theatre Educator Summer Degree program, please email Jessica Ferrarone at

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