About the Program
Learn the art of teaching—and the teaching of art—with our Master of Arts in Theatre Education. As one of the largest programs in the country, we’ll prepare you to create both theatre and learning experiences that transform lives and communities. With two tracks of study, Theatre Teacher Education or Theatre and Community, our courses integrate theory and reflective practice and give you the opportunity to develop skills and expand your knowledge in the art of theatre, the principles of teaching and learning in the arts, and the practices of applied drama and theatre. As a part of the program, any student can earn initial licensure in Massachusetts as a theatre teacher for Pre-K through Grade 12.
Graduates of our MA in Theatre Education go on to:
- Teach theatre at all levels, including the college/university level
- Work as a teaching artist or education director for professional theatre companies
- Pursue further doctoral work in theatre, education, and other related fields
- Use theatre for community-based social justice work as community activists, social workers, recreation leaders, and more
The MA in Theatre Education program provides professional training in the uses of theater and drama as vehicles of education. The program also serves as preparation for doctoral work in theater, education, or related fields.
Art of Teaching & The Teaching of Art
Offering two streams of study for students, the Theatre Education program allows you to explore yourself as both an artist and an educator. We help you prepare for a successful career by offering areas of emphasis in Theatre Teacher Education as well as Theatre and Community.
Distinguished Faculty as Mentors
As you cultivate your own talent, you will be joined by world-renowned Emerson faculty–distinguished directors, producers, writers, actors, performance artists, and educators with national and international experience. You will be given the chance to work hand-in-hand with these professionals; Emerson faculty members serve not only as your teachers but as your mentors and peers as well.
Located in the heart of Boston's Theatre District, Emerson's campus includes:
- the restored Cutler Majestic Theatre
- the 11-story, state-of-the-art Tufte Performance and Production Center
- the recently opened Paramount Center, which includes a renovated art deco 590-seat main theater, the 150-seat Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre, a soundstage, the Bright Family Screening Room, a scene/ prop production shop, and rehearsal studios
With the addition of the Paramount Center and its theaters, Emerson now owns more performance spaces than any other institution in Boston.
Bringing the Stage to the World
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 theater teachers in public and private grade schools and high schools, directors and producers of community theater, and coordinators of educational outreach programs. Graduates seeking an MFA or Ph.D. also have a high acceptance rate into the further educational study.
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Last updated March 16, 2018