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Career Outcomes

An MFA in Acting is a terminal degree intended to train students for successful careers in theatre, film, and television as well as teaching. As artists trained to understand the intellectual and social impact of theatre, graduates from the program will be prepared to influence and further the conversation about the field through publishing and other forms of public advocacy about theatre and the arts more broadly. Building on Northwestern’s exceptional reputation as one of the most significant producers of top-rated actors for the stage and screen through our undergraduate program, the MFA in Acting activates similar resources. These include our network of professional theatre affiliations; the support of the School of Communication’s Office for External Programs, Internships and Career Services (EPICS); and the broader suite of professional development training offered to graduate students in School of Communication and The Graduate School. Additionally, the MFA in Acting offers a suite of professional development activities that will allow students to further develop their portfolio in areas of teaching, writing and publishing, commercial work in advertising and sound media, and other potential areas of employment post-graduation.