Opportunities On & Around Campus
Off Campus Opportunities that are sent to our program
Cleveland Play House
Since 1996, Cleveland Play House (CPH) has partnered with Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) to offer a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting. The collaboration between these two institutions has proved to be a potent union, consistently turning out successful graduates who have excelled in every area of the entertainment industry. In the past year alone, our graduates have played on Broadway, off-Broadway, on national tours and at major regional theatres such as The McCarter, The Alliance, St. Louis Rep, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Florida Stage, The Studio Theatre, Gulfshore Playhouse, The Magic Theatre, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Rep, Theatreworks, The Cleveland Play House, A.C.T and many more. In other words, our graduates are working which is a strong indication of a successful program. Recent graduates include Rich Sommer of TV’s Mad Men and Elizabeth A. Davis who was recently nominated for a Tony Award for the acclaimed Broadway musical, Once. The attached flyer outlines the major features of the program with its generous financial package that includes a three-year full tuition waiver, a $13,500.00 per year stipend (a combined value of over $53,000.00/yr) and membership in Actors Equity Association upon successful completion of the program. This is followed by a highly regarded New York City Industry Showcase directed by a major NYC Casting Director. The third year of training allows students to appear in at least one Cleveland Play House (CPH) production as well as experience understudy and workshop opportunities. Another important and unique aspect of this partnership is that the MFA Program is housed in CPH facilities. It is this full integration into the profession that makes the students’ departure to New York City and their agent showcase at the end of training, a seamless transition. As we only take eight students every other year, the program is ideal for those who want the kind of personal attention that is impossible to get at schools with larger numbers. We look for students with initiative, versatility, curiosity, passion, and the drive to maintain a sustained career in a highly competitive art form. Our next intake is fall 2015, and we want the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program to be high up on the list of sought-after schools among your students and alumni who are considering further training. I might also add that we charge no audition fees, which is unique among graduate acting programs. We encourage applicants to contact us directly if they have any questions and we are more than happy to welcome them for a visit to our facilities in Cleveland so that they can see for themselves how our program operates. We will be accepting applications - available at clevelandplayhouse.com/mfa - from September 15, 2014. We will be seeing audition candidates in Cleveland, Jan 17-18; New York City, Jan 22-27 and Chicago Feb 1-5, 2015. Audition locations will be given when appointments are scheduled. For further information, call us directly at 216-400-7019 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.clevelandplayhouse.com/mfa.
The following are links to external websites which may be of interest to students:
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. For information on a number of participating cultural organizations in the Philadelphia area.
Penn Presents. For information on the performing arts season at the Annenberg Center on Penn's campus. Student Rush Tickets are available for many productions.
Platt Student Performing Arts House. Website for the facility and organizations associated with student performing arts at Penn.
Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. For information on local theatre productions, employment opportunities and the Barrymore Awards program.
Theatre Communications Group. Publishers of ARTSEARCH, American Theatre Magazine and TCG Bulletin.
Below are some pages that discuss the advantages of being a theatre major from an employment perspective: