Perform in English and Hoike in Hawaiian Language. Sit in English and Noho in Hawaiian Language. Release in English and Hookuu in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Haa in Hawaiian Language. Hide in English and Pee in Hawaiian Language. Memorize in English and Hoopaanaau in Hawaiian Language. Touch in English and Hoopa in Hawaiian Language. Sing in English and Mele in Hawaiian Language. Appear in English and Oili in Hawaiian Language. Dive in English and Luu in Hawaiian Language. Crawl in English and Kolo in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Hula in Hawaiian Language. Balance in English and Kaulike in Hawaiian Language. Bellow in English and Kuo in Hawaiian Language. Breathe in English and Hanu in Hawaiian Language. Extend in English and Hoonui in Hawaiian Language. Embrace in English and Puliki in Hawaiian Language. Flinch in English and Kuemi in Hawaiian Language. Sit in English and Noho in Hawaiian Language. Release in English and Hookuu in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Haa in Hawaiian Language.
Hide in English and Pee in Hawaiian Language. Memorize in English and Hoopaanaau in Hawaiian Language. Touch in English and Hoopa in Hawaiian Language. Sing in English and Mele in Hawaiian Language. Appear in English and Oili in Hawaiian Language. Dive in English and Luu in Hawaiian Language. Crawl in English and Kolo in Hawaiian Language. Dance in English and Hula in Hawaiian Language. Balance in English and Kaulike in Hawaiian Language. Bellow in English and Kuo in Hawaiian Language. Breathe in English and Hanu in Hawaiian Language. Extend in English and Hoonui in Hawaiian Language. Embrace in English and Puliki in Hawaiian Language. Flinch in English and Kuemi in Hawaiian Language.

Graduate Admissions

This webpage is pending revision: UHM Theatre + Dance is currently evaluating and modifying its offerings and practices in order to better support anti-racist theatre and dance education. Changes coming soon!

Questions?  Please email theagrad@hawaii.edu

Great news!  If you are a legal resident of a WICHE state (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming), UHM now participates in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WGRP) for all Theatre degrees and concentrations. WGRP enables students from WICHE states to enroll and pay 150 percent of the UHM’s resident tuition rate, instead of the non-resident rate that an out-of-state student would normally pay.  Eligibility: legal residency status in a WICHE state, 3.0 GPA, and acceptance by UHM. There is no separate application, you will be automatically reviewed for WGRP eligibility.

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

Applicants for all graduate programs in Theatre should 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 the Director of Graduate Studies in Theatre at theagrad@hawaii.edu.

Admissions Checklist

Required:

  • Three Letters of Recommendation (request from your recommenders via Supplemental Upload website)
  • Theatre and Dance Graduate Express Form (please fill out this Google Forms link)
  • Statement of Objectives (Please upload to Graduate Division Supplemental upload website, using UPLOAD Feature.  For Category, choose “Statement of Objective.”)
  • Unofficial scans of all post-secondary transcripts (Please upload to Graduate Division 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.)
  • Needed materials as specified by degree (see list below)

Optional but highly recommended:

Most degrees have additional requirements, listed below.

Reviews or other supplementary materials may also be uploaded.  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.  If applying to focus on TYA Directing, please send short video examples of your directing work, along with a separate 1-2 page written commentary on artistic choices in directing.  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 Graduate Division 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.

Electronic Links: Please email the Director of Graduate Studies in Theatre at theagrad@hawaii.edu with your electronic link to portfolio, youtube video, etc.

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 Spring 2021/Fall 2021

Spring 2021: Graduate Assistantship Position in Scene Shop or Electrics is anticipated to be available starting Spring 2021. Priority deadline of September 15, 2020 for Spring 2021 positions.

Fall 2021: Graduate Assistantship Positions in Scene Shop or Electrics, Dance Lecturer, Costume Shop Assistant, Lecturer THEA 101, and Acting Lecturer are anticipated to be available starting Fall 2021, pending funding. Priority deadline of January 15, 2021 for Fall 2021 positions.

Applicants must be enrolled in or must also apply for entry to the University’s graduate Theatre degree programs. See details on this page for process and forms. Very competitive salary for 9-month appointments: $18,930 (pending funds), plus graduate tuition waived. Full-time students only. Preference given to candidates in relevant field. See application instructions above for Graduate Employment Application.

Southeast Asian Language study Fellowships
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 that include tuition and stipend. Open to U.S. citizen and permanent resident undergraduate and graduate students for study at UH-Mānoa. IMPORTANT NOTE: This award is available through the next 4 years, till 2022. FLAS information

East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowships

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 in Fall Semester must be postmarked by December 1, of the previous year.  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.  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.  https://www.hawaii.edu/fas/downloads/2019-2020/2019-2020%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/