As one of the facets of our thriving partnership with the University of Central Florida, MFA in Acting candidates have private auditions and (assuming acceptance) spend their third year in a nine-month residency at Orlando Shakes, running concurrently with our season.
UCF MFA in Acting students spend the first two years of education receiving excellent training, performing in Theatre UCF productions, taking classes and teaching on the UCF campus, which prepares them for their residency at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater.
For more information on Theatre UCF and the Acting MFA, visit the UCF Theatre website.
MFA Actors are members of the acting company and audition for roles in the season. All MFA students are guaranteed a minimum of at least 2 roles in Orlando Shakespeare Theater productions and have performed in as many as 5 mainstage roles in the season. MFA Actors also serve as understudies and gain AEA membership candidacy points during their two semesters at Orlando Shakes.
MFA Actors spend part of their time learning the administration of a professional theater, serving as assistants in departments such as Marketing, Development, Administration, Company Management, New Play Development, Education/Teaching, and Guest Services. During their residency MFA's will see all facets of running a professional theater.
MFA Actors also spend time backstage participating in load-ins and strikes and working as run crew for one show.
In addition to their work at the theater, MFA Actors take a 3 credit hour UCF class each semester they are in residence at Orlando Shakespeare Theater. The Spring Semester’s "Theatre Careers" course concentrates on auditions, pictures, resumes, cover letters, business cards, using the internet, finding auditions, agents, casting directors and the "business" of theater.