Graduate Apprenticeship for Diversity in Applied Theatre
CUNY-School of Professional Studies
101 west 31st, 6th floor
The CUNY SPS MA in Applied Theatre program emerged from the work of the CUNY Creative Arts Team (CAT), an internationally recognized theatre-in-education organization. Since the master’s program was launched in 2008, more than 50 students have collaborated with CAT as teaching artists, apprentices, and office staff. In turn, some CAT staff serve as instructors and mentors in the degree program. Students who collaborate with CAT have an opportunity to put theory into practice, with some apprenticeships even growing into leadership roles at CAT after graduation.
A core value of applied theatre practice is inclusion and community. Although CUNY SPS and CAT remain committed to expanding access to the MA in Applied Theatre program to all qualified applicants, our representation of Black, Hispanic, Asian and Pacific Islander, American Indian and other under-represented student populations is inconsistent with New York City community demographics.
Accordingly, to support and develop the synergy between the MA in Applied Theatre program and the professional work of CAT, and provide opportunities for minority students who may otherwise struggle to cover the cost of graduate education, the MA in Applied Theatre program and CAT have established a Graduate Apprenticeship Program for Diversity in Applied Theatre.
The Graduate Apprenticeship Program provides students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge they are building through their course work to CAT programmatic initiatives.
Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants are required to write a personal statement, upload a resume, and provide two letters of recommendation. An individual interview may be necessary.
We encourage applications from people with a variety of undergraduate majors and professional backgrounds. Theatre experience, formal or informal, is expected. Applicants who meet the basic eligibility criteria may be asked to take part in an artistic review.
Students are admitted to the program each fall and can enroll in either a full- or part-time course of study.