Accademia dell'Arte
Man realizes or fulfills himself when he becomes another.
In becoming another he recovers himself, reconquers his original being.

- Octavio Paz

Learn more about the MFA in Physical Theatre


About the MFA in Physical Theatre

The Master of Fine Arts in Physical Theatre is a fusion of research and experimentation within diverse yet interrelated European performance trends. The program is based in the Accademia dell’Arte’s campus in Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy. It is offered in partnership with Mississippi University for Women and is fully accredited in the United States.
The MFA program brings together some of the most innovative approaches currently available in Europe. Rooted in the spirit of the commedia dell'arte, the ethos of the actor-creator, the curriculum provides a high level of technical training for actors, while fully preparing them to devise and create their own performance style. It is contextualized by the ongoing study of history, aesthetics and social theory.
As well as their base in Arezzo students explore European Culture and approaches to physical theatre through substantial residencies in Torino, Berlin and the Czech Republic. It is this exposure to a multiplicity of approaches, that distinguishes this program and makes the MFA a pivotal experience in students' artistic and personal development.
The ultimate goal of the program is to launch students into the world as confident, creative and autonomous artists with a strongly developed aesthetic sensibility that unites the wonder of performance with a genuine search for human meaning.

Important Dates & Deadlines

At this time the MFA in Physical Theatre at the Accademia dell'Arte auditions and accepts a select number of students into the program every other year.  Auditions for entry into the Fall 2015 cohort will commence in Fall 2014. 

*Candidates who plan to audition at the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) will need to make separate application for these auditions. Please click here for more information.

All candidates are asked to read the MFA Application and Audition Guidelines before applying.

Accreditation for Graduate Program

The Master of Fine Arts in Physical Theatre is offered by Mississippi University for Women in cooperation with Accademia dell'Arte. Students must be admitted to the graduate program at MUW prior to enrolling for courses leading to the MFA degree.

Mississippi University for Women is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097: Telephone number 1 404-679-4501) and is authorized to award Associate, Bachelor and Master degrees.