Graduate Admissions

How to Apply to Theatre Graduate Programs

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Application Deadlines

*For Fall semester priority admission: December 15 of previous year
*For Spring semester priority admission: August 15 of previous year

(same deadlines for international applicants)

*Applications can sometimes be accepted beyond these deadlines if openings still exist.  Contact the Director of Graduate Studies as noted below for information.

Step 1: Application to UHM

  1. Complete the online Graduate Admissions Application Forms
  2. Request that official copies of all post-secondary transcripts be sent directly to:

    University of Hawai’i at Manoa
    Graduate Student Services
    2540 Maile Way, Spalding 354
    Honolulu, HI 96822

  3. If you are an international applicant, please consult the International Students graduate website. You are also responsible for the following:

Step 2: Additional Departmental Requirements

Checklist (see instructions for all below)

Required:

  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Theatre and Dance Graduate Express Form
  • Statement of Objectives
  • Unofficial scans of all post-secondary transcripts
  • Needed materials as specified by degree (see list below)

Optional but highly recommended:

 

Instructions

As of June 1, 2017 applicants for all graduate programs in Theatre may now upload or request most Step 2 application materials via the Office of Graduate Education Supplemental upload website.

You may also watch a video tutorial on how to use the upload website.

If you have questions on the process, please email Lurana O’Malley, Director of Graduate Studies in Theatre at omalley@hawaii.edu.

REQUEST THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

Please use the Supplemental upload website to request three letters of recommendation from recommenders familiar with your academic and/or artistic work.  Use the “REQUEST A RECOMMENDATION” feature for each.  If you are applying for a Graduate Assistantship or other employment, you must also have three recommenders complete the Graduate Employment Evaluation Form (see instructions below).  Those forms can be completed by the same people who write the Letters of Recommendation, or by different people.

HOW TO UPLOAD OTHER MATERIALS

As you upload various materials to the Supplemental upload website, you will see the following categories when you select UPLOAD:

  • Theatre and Dance  Graduate Express Form Please fill out and upload to OGE Supplemental upload website, using UPLOAD Feature. Choose “Other” and please type <Express Form> into the description.  Please also contact Dr. O’Malley directly if you are a permanent resident of one of these states:
    Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, CNMI.
  • Your Statement of Objective.  Please upload to OGE Supplemental upload website, using UPLOAD Feature. For Category, choose “Statement of Objective.”
  • Unofficial scans of all post-secondary transcripts.  Please upload to OGE Supplemental upload website, using UPLOAD Feature.  For Category, choose “Unofficial Transcripts.”  (Important: you must also send official copies directly to Graduate Student Services as noted above for your application to be complete)
  • Tuition Support Scholarship Application (optional but strongly recommended for all applications)   Please fill out and upload to OGE Supplemental upload website, using UPLOAD Feature. For Category, choose “Other” and please type “TSS Application” into the description.
  • Graduate Employment Application (optional)  Please fill out and upload to OGE Supplemental upload website, using UPLOAD Feature. For Category, choose “Other” and please type “Employment Application” into the description.

REQUEST GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT EVALUATIONS

Graduate Employment Evaluation (optional)
If you apply for a Graduate Assistantship or other employment, a Graduate Employment Evaluation should be filled out by 3 recommenders familiar with your qualifications for a Graduate Assistantship or other employment.  NOTE: These may be the same people who write your 3 Letters of Recommendation, or could be different people more familiar with your employment qualifications.

Please use the Supplemental upload website to request these evaluations.  Please read the following directions carefully.

  1. Use the REQUEST OTHER DOCUMENTS feature.
  2. Paste this exact instruction (everything within <  > below) to your recommenders into the Description of the document you are requesting field:
    <form to be filled out (form found at this URL): http://manoa.hawaii.edu/liveonstage/wp-content/uploads/grad-employment-eval_2015_0113.pdf>

Most degrees have additional requirements, listed below.

Reviews or other supplementary materials may also be sent.  See instructions at end of this list on how to upload various formats.

  • MA, Plan A—A major paper (pdf preferred).
  • MFA, Acting—Resume plus two 2-minute monologues, one comedic and one serious; one from classical material and one from a modern or contemporary play. Plays from which monologues are chosen should be from well-known and established playwrights.  Preferred format: electronic link or uploaded video file.
  • MFA, Asian Performance—Resume plus provide short examples of your performance and/or directing work.  Preferred format: electronic link or file.
  • MFA, Design—Resume plus portfolio or appropriate supplementary materials (i.e., slides, photographs, videos).  Preferred format: electronic link or file.
  • MFA, Directing—Resume plus provide short video examples of your work, along with a separate 1-2 page written commentary on artistic choices in directing.  Preferred format: electronic link or file.
  • MFA, Hawaiian Theatre—Resume plus provide short examples of your work.  Preferred format: electronic link or file.
  • MFA, Playwriting—Resume plus one-act play or other script (pdf preferred).
  • MFA, Theatre for Young Audiences—Resume plus provide short examples of your curricular/directing/performance/puppetry work.  Preferred format: electronic link or file.
  • PhD—(1)  A major paper, (2)  A dissertation proposal of 4-6 pages, with a partial bibliography and a proposed title. (pdfs preferred).

Please upload requested materials to OGE Supplemental upload website, using UPLOAD Feature.

Pdf files: For Category, choose “Other” and please type <Writing Sample> or <Dissertation Proposal> or other appropriate title into the description.

Weblinks: For Category, choose “Other” and please type a title and the exact website address into the description. You can then hit “Save” without uploading a file.  Example:   <Audition link.  www.mystagename.com> or <Design portfolio.  www.myportfolio.com>

Video Files:  For Category, choose “Other” and please type <Video Audition> or <Video Portfolio> or other appropriate description into the description.  Note: 200MB maximum per file.

FELLOWSHIPS AND ASSISTANTSHIPS

Graduate Assistantships Fall 2018

Graduate Assistantship Positions as Scene Shop, Costume Shop, and as Acting Lecturer are anticipated to be available starting Fall 2018. Applicants must be enrolled in or must also apply for Fall 2018 entry to the University’s graduate Theatre degree programs with a priority deadline of December 15, 2017 (see details on this page for process and forms). Very competitive salary for 9-month appointments: $17,502 (pending funds), plus graduate tuition waived. Full-time students only. Preference given to candidates in relevant field. Positions begin mid-August 2018.

Southeast Asian Language study Fellowships 2018-19
For applicants interested to study Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Khmer, or Tagalog languages, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies plans to offer academic year/summer Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for 2018-2019 that include tuition and stipend. Open to U.S. citizen and permanent resident undergraduate and graduate students for study at UH-Mānoa. Applications will be due in mid-January 2018. FLAS information

East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowships 2018-19
The East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship (GDF) provides funding for up to 24 months for Master’s or Doctoral degree study for graduate students from Asia, the Pacific, and the U.S. to participate in the educational, residential, and leadership development programs at the East-West Center while pursuing graduate study at the University of Hawai‘i. Center fellowships are provided for degree study at the University of Hawai‘i and participation in the Center’s international and intercultural programs. The East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship invites applications from:

  • Citizens or permanent residents of the United States
  • Citizens of countries in the Pacific and Asia, including Russia

Deadline: The Graduate Degree Fellowship application for study to begin August 2018 must be postmarked by December 1, 2017.  Click here for more information and the GDF application forms.

Society for Asian Art
The Society of Asian Art of Hawai’i, Inc. promotes the pursuit of higher education by awarding scholarship grants to deserving Hawai’i college or university students studying Asia-related art courses at Hawai’i institutions of higher learning.  Deadlines are June 30 prior to academic year.
Application Info

ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

Information on cost of tuition at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa: https://manoa.hawaii.edu/records/tuition_fees/tuition.html

This site gives an amount in which Full-Time is 12+ credits, which is a typical load for MFA students.  2017-18 costs only.  https://www.hawaii.edu/finaid/tuition.html

This site is using 8 credits to mean Full-Time for graduate tuition at Manoa, which is a more typical course-load for MA or PhD students.  2017-18 costs only.  http://www.hawaii.edu/fas/downloads/2017-2018/2017-2018%20Cost%20of%20Attendance.pdf

For General Financial Aid Information: http://www.hawaii.edu/fas/

For General Scholarship Information: http://www.hawaii.edu/fas/info/scholarships.php

Fellowships and Scholarships for Graduate Students: https://manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/content/fellowships-scholarships

To apply for UHM scholarships and other possible funding opportunities (once admitted): https://www.star.hawaii.edu:10012/Scholarship_live/login.jsp

College of Arts and Humanities Scholarship Opportunities: http://www.hawaii.edu/arthum/?page_id=44

For Native Hawaiian students:
UH Mānoa Kua’ana Tuition Waiver: http://www.hawaii.edu/kuaana/ and also the Pauahi Foundation scholarships: http://www.pauahi.org/scholarships/