In the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree track, typically the third year of study in the Shakespeare and Performance program, things get real. After acquiring foundational skills and knowledge through the Master of Letters curriculum, students form a bona fide company and launch a full-scale performance season.
In the company model, introduced in 2012, each member assumes lead responsibility for a certain aspect — such as costuming, directing, marketing, and scheduling — and everyone gets a taste of the entire process. The goal: to take all that understanding of Shakespeare and his contemporaries and parlay it into skills for the professional world.
The 30-credit-hour MFA degree culminates in a festival presentation of the five-play repertoire, and students collaboratively produce a book about their work as a company.
2015-16: Sweet Wag Shakespeare
2014–15: Turning Glass Shakespeare
2013–14: Rogue Shakespeare
2012–13: Roving Shakespeare