Graduate Admissions

How to Apply to Theatre Graduate Programs

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Application Deadlines

*For Fall semester priority admission: December 15
*For Spring semester priority admission: August 15

(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

The following items must be sent directly to:
University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Graduate Student Services
2540 Maile Way, Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

If you are an international applicant, you must also send the following directly to Graduate Student Services (see address above):

  • Official TOEFL Scores
  • Financial Information Form

Please check the Graduate Division website for more information, deadlines, and updates.

Step 2

Applicants for all graduate programs in Theatre must send the following additional items directly to the Department of Theatre and Dance.
It is preferable that you send all items via email (see instructions below) but postal mail is also accepted:

Lurana O’Malley, Director of Graduate Studies
University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Department of Theatre and Dance
1770 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone: (808) 956-9609

It is preferable that all the items below be sent as a single pdf file to, e-mail: omalley@hawaii.edu.

Please 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.  

The following should be sent to Dr. O’Malley (contact information above) via email or post directly by the letter writer:

  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    (All candidates are required to provide three letters of recommendation attesting to qualifications and ability to do graduate level work.  If you are applying for a Graduate Assistantship or other employment, you must also have three recommenders complete the Graduate Employment Evaluation Form.  Those forms can be completed by the same people who write the general Letters of Recommendation, or by different people.)

NOTE: Certain programs have additional requirements, listed below. Reviews, videos or other supplementary materials may also be sent. If possible, please combine the materials below with your other pdf application materials.

  • MA, Plan A—A major paper (pdf preferred).
  • MFA, Acting—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 file.  DVD or other electronic media accepted.
  • MFA, Asian Performance—Provide short examples of your work.  Preferred format: electronic link or file.  DVD or other electronic media accepted.
  • MFA, Design—Portfolio or appropriate supplementary materials (i.e., slides, photographs, videos).  Preferred format: electronic link or file.  DVD or other electronic media accepted.
  • MFA, Directing—Provide short examples of your work.  Preferred format: electronic link or file.  DVD or other electronic media accepted.
  • MFA, Hawaiian Theatre—Provide short examples of your work.  Preferred format: electronic link or file.  DVD or other electronic media accepted.
  • MFA, Playwriting—A one-act play or other script (pdf preferred).
  • MFA, Theatre for Young Audiences—Provide short examples of your work.  Preferred format: electronic link or file.  DVD or other electronic media accepted.
  • PhD—A major paper plus a dissertation proposal of 4-6 pages, with a partial bibliography and a proposed title. (pdf preferred).

Fellowships and Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships 2017-2018

Availabilities as Asian Theatre Researcher, Acting Lecturer, Introduction to Theatre Lecturer, Scene Shop Assistant, Electrics Assistant, and Publicity Director are anticipated. Applicants must also apply for Fall 2017 entry to the University’s graduate Theatre degree programs with a priority deadline of December 15, 2016 for Theatre (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 August 15, 2017.

Southeast Asian Language study Fellowships 2017-18

For applicants interested to study Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Khmer, or Tagalog languages, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies is offering academic year/summer Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for 2017-2018 that include tuition and stipend. Open to U.S. citizen and permanent resident undergraduate and graduate students for study at UH-Mānoa. Apply by Jan. 16, 2017. FLAS information