Graduate Program Overview

Kansas State University's M.A. in theatre is broadly-based and intended to prepare students for teaching at the high school or community college level, for MFA or Ph.D. study, for professional training, or for a career in drama therapy. You can find specific details about the curriculum and other information on our various emphases in the Graduate Handbook for Theatre and for Drama Therapy on our website.

Of our ten graduate faculty members, eight have MFA degrees and one has a Ph.D. Faculty members' areas of specialization include directing, acting, playwriting, drama therapy, scene design, costuming, theatre management, technical direction, dramatic literature/theatre history, stage movement, and musical comedy. Our faculty has published books and articles in professional journals and has held national leadership positions in professional associations over the past several years.

Our production season offers a balance of classics and contemporary drama. Each year we produce one musical and one opera in association with the K-State Music Department. Production facilities include a 900 seat proscenium theatre, a 250 seat thrust theatre, and a 100 seat theatre for student written and directed productions. Our main stage season includes six productions a year: one in the proscenium theatre and five in the thrust, plus three to four plays in the student theatre.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships: Assistantships are available in Public Speaking, Introduction to Theatre, Marketing, Costume Design, and Scene Design. Competitive stipends are offered running from August to May and 10 hours of graduate credit tuition are waived each semester.  Assistantship applications are due by February 1st. To be considered for a GTA you must have your graduate application in and be accepted into the program by then as well.

What to Avoid in your Graduate Application


Currently we are not accepting applications for the Graduate Acting and Directing emphases

However, we are still accepting applicants in Design/Tech, and Drama Therapy.


Application Requirements:

1. Application forms must be submitted online to the Graduate School at There is a $50.00 application fee for domestic students and a $75.00 application fee for international students. Be sure to retain a copy of the application fee receipt for your records. International students, please note, you will also need an Affidavit of Financial Support and proof of a TOEFL score of above 600.

2. Send the following items to the Director of Graduate Studies in Theatre; 109 Nichols – School of Music, Theatre, and Dance; Kansas State University; Manhattan, KS 66506-4702:

1) A short essay (limit 3 pages) indicating your area(s) of interest (acting, directing, design, drama therapy, technical theatre, playwriting, or theatre management) and the specific reasons you wish to pursue your study at Kansas State. If you have more than one area of interest, please rank those areas in the essay. Doing so does not mean you are limited or confined to those areas once accepted in the program. In addition, please address your areas of strength and the areas you feel you would like to investigate further in order to strengthen your skills as a theatre artist and/or drama therapist.

2) Original copies of transcripts from any colleges or universities you have

3) A resume of production/employment work related to theatre.

4) Three letters of recommendation.

5) Interviews/portfolios:

Design Applicants: Students interested in pursuing a design/technology emphasis are requested to submit a portfolio displaying relevant work, either realized, class projects, or both, in digital or reproduced paper formats. Please, send no originals. Website portfolios are fine.

Drama Therapy Applicants: Students interested in drama therapy must arrange for an interview. Please, contact Sally Bailey at or call 785-532-6780.

Students interested in all other areas will be asked to interview via phone or in person with the faculty member in charge of that area. The Director of Graduate Studies in Theatre will contact you after we receive your application and provide you with information about who to contact for an appointment.

If you have any questions or need any additional information, please feel free to write, email, or call the Director of Graduate Studies in Theatre, Sally Bailey at or call 785-532-6780.