MFA in Directing for Stage & Screen Application

School Requirements

(This program is currently on hiatus) A Bachelor's Degree or equivalent training is required for admission to the program.  To be considered for entrance into the graduate program the applicant must show records of current and past experience at the academic and/or professional level through resume and references.  Students are minimally expected to have had acting, directing, basic stagecraft (as a formal course) and two semesters of theatre history.

The MFA program in Directing recruits through the University / Resident Theatre Association's interview process in January and February every three years.  On-campus interviews can also be arranged.  Our next class of 2-3 students will start classes in August of 2017.  For more information, please contact Prof. Virginia Smith at

Graduate Directing Application

Letters of recommendation, resume, copies of portfolios, etc. should be sent directly to:

The Johnny Carson School of Theatre & Film
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Attention: Prof. Virginia Smith
1209 R Street
Lincoln, NE 68588-0201

No Graduate Record Examination is required.

IN ADDITION, applicants for admission are required to complete the application form, submit transcripts and pay the application fee via the Office of Graduate Studies Website.