MFA in Acting

The LSU MFA Acting Program provides a conservatory-based approach to the training of the whole professional actor while fostering the inner creative voice of the actor through devising and writing for performance in an open interdisciplinary way. 


Beginning in the fall of 2019, the MFA Acting Program is a two-year intensive of six consecutive semesters of training for the professional world. Accepting one class every two years, the incoming ensemble begins their training in September and graduates in August two years later.

This program distinguishes itself with several features:

  • An intense two years of training mainly catering to seasoned professional actors who have been out of undergraduate training with an average of 4 years of professional experience before returning to graduate school.
  • To offer assistantships of $15,500 annually along with a tuition waiver. Required fees and medical insurance still apply. Students should visit the LSU Graduate School for complete information on required fees.  Our graduates on assistantship become half-time employees working 20 hours per week in some area of production or administration. Qualified candidates become eligible to teach an undergraduate course after 18 hours of graduate credits earned.
  • Graduates earn Equity points when cast in the resident Equity theatre, the Swine Palace.
  • A commitment to diversity that is global in scale, recruiting students nationally and internationally.
  • The On Camera training, career mentorship and proximity to the Louisiana Film Industry, a top state for film production in the nation, allows for a seamless transition into that market upon graduation without the need for a SAG card.
  • Multiple workshop and production opportunities with a wide range of significant professional artists and scholars from theatre, film/TV, musical theatre, and multi-media performance. Recent resident guests include: Dog & Pony DC; Fiasco Theatre; Jane Page; Leigh Fondakowski of Tectonic Theatre; Sean Daniels; Period Movement specialist: Dr. Jennifer Martin; John Guare; Robert Wilson; Combat Director: Geoffrey Kent; Estonian Playwright and Director: Andri Luup and Maria Peterson; Actors Theatre of Louisville; Adam Rapp; Deb Alley; Jim Sullivan of the Pearl Theatre; Roger Rees; Ping Chong; Anne Bogart; and Tina Packer among many others….


All classes are held in the newly renovated Music and Dramatic Arts (M&DA) building in state of the art rehearsal and teaching spaces. The M&DA complex also houses the beautiful art-deco proscenium Shaver Theatre and a flexible black box Studio Theatre. Those spaces along with the Reilly Theatre, a larger flexible space most often used as a thrust, are all used in our Swine Palace season and offer an opportunity to play in a variety of theatre configurations. The MFA class constitutes the core of the professional company, works with accomplished guest artists, and for those not already Equity members, earns membership points in Actors’ Equity Association (AEA). Learn more about our facilities.


The Faculty and Staff of the LSU School of Theatre is comprised of talented and dedicated theatre professionals – check out their bios.

Admissions Process

Admission is dependent on acceptance into the LSU MFA Acting Program through an audition/interview process. LSU recommends achieving acceptance into the MFA Acting Program before applying to the Graduate School. Having just begun a new class of MFAs, we are not currently accepting applications. Our next MFA class will begin Fall of 2019. Please check back for more information regarding the audition/interview process.

Any further inquiries about our program can be sent to:

Nick Erickson
Head, M.F.A. Acting Program
School of Theatre
Louisiana State University
105 Music and Dramatic Arts Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803