School & Community Connections
Emerson theater educators are uniquely prepared to pursue a lifelong career bringing the stage to the world.
After studying at a premier performing arts school in the heart of Boston's theater community, Emerson Theatre Education graduates are in demand nationwide. A large majority of our graduates seeking employment as theater educators find positions within months of completing the program, becoming drama or theatre teachers in public and private grade schools and high schools, directors and producers of community theater, and coordinators of educational outreach programs.
As you form relationships with professors and peers and delve into your chosen coursework, you will be given the opportunity to cultivate your talent outside of Emerson. Boston is a dynamic center for the arts, with several renowned museums and cultural organizations around the city providing ample opportunity for experience in the community. Emerson is surrounded by nearly a half-dozen theaters, and Broadway productions make regular stops on their way to and from New York. These theaters, in addition to surrounding schools, museums, and cultural institutions, provide many excellent opportunities for internships and practica.
As an Emerson graduate student, you may audition or apply to act, write, direct, stage manage, or design for Emerson's professional-quality theater, and you have the opportunity to be solely responsible for educational outreach, study guides, and follow-up with area schools.
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Theatre Education (MA) At a Glance
40 credit program
Full-time or part-time enrollment. Full time enrollment is typically 8 or 12 credits per semester.
Classes generally meet in the day and evening.
Full-time students usually complete degree in one and a half to two years; part-time students usually complete the degree in two and a half to three years.
Robert Colby, Graduate Program Director for Theatre Education and Associate Professor, specializes in theater education and theater for young audiences, and directing. His productions for young audiences have toured extensively throughout the New England area.
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To read the Graduate Handbook and learn about research and fellowship opportunities, visit the Graduate Studies website.