The Master of Fine Arts in Physical Theatre is offered by Mississippi University for Women in cooperation with Accademia dell-Arte in Tuscany, Italy. Accademia dell-Arte has designed a program that brings together some of the most innovative approaches to physical theatre currently available in Europe
Rooted in the spirit of the Commedia dell'arte, or the ethos of the actor-creator, the curriculum provides a high level of technical training for actors, while fully preparing them to devise and create their own performance style. It is contextualized by the ongoing study of history, aesthetics and social theory.
The ultimate goal of the program is to launch students into the world as confident, creative and autonomous artists with a strongly developed aesthetic sensibility that unites the wonder of performance with a genuine search for human meaning.
Arezzo, Italy: Four semesters. Subjects covered include a broad range of movement, vocal and musical skills for the physical actor, as well as studies in the neutral mask, devising and acting and modules on the history and aesthetics of comedy.
Six week intensive Commedia segment
Original cabaret devised and performed in Arezzo
, Italy: Circus studies with final presentation
: Contemporary mask study and performance at Berliner Schule für Schauspiel
: Residency and public performance of projects in venues in the city
Mississippi University for Women is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097: Telephone number 404-679-4501) and is authorized to award AA, BA, MA degrees
International Student Requirements:
English; familiarity and/or willingness to learn Italian and German