Some graduate theatre programs stress scholarship, others stagecraft. The Shakespeare and Performance program at Mary Baldwin University offers a marriage of both aspects that attracts applicants from around the world.
Students in our coed Master of Letters/Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and Performance (MLitt/MFA) study, direct, experiment, and perform on campus and in the authentically recreated Blackfriars Playhouse downtown — home of the internationally acclaimed American Shakespeare Center, MBU’s programmatic partner.
“Our goal — every day — is to learn together, as a community of artists and educators working side-by-side.” –Dr. Paul Menzer, program director
Just steps away from the MBU campus stands the world’s only recreation of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre, the Blackfriars Playhouse, home of the American Shakespeare Center (ASC) — S&P’s partner. The painstakingly crafted, oak-paneled theatre serves as a second home and a shared laboratory for S&P students, and the many resources of ASC provide ample opportunity for collaboration and invention.
The Blackfriars stage creates an unparalleled feeling built upon the collective experience of the live moment — between fellow audience members, audience and player, teacher and student, speaker and listener. ASC preserves Shakespearean staging conditions, without sets and with the lights up, which highlight this sense of community. Both ASC and S&P are dedicated to invigorating the language and theatre of Shakespeare and his contemporaries for modern audiences.
This ideal partnership puts students at the forefront of the field and connects them to a vibrant global network of Shakespearean scholarship and artistry. Click here to learn more about this unique partnership