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 MFA in Physical Theatre at the Accademia dell’Arte, offered in collaboration with Mississippi University for Women and Università degli Studi di Torino, is rooted in European culture and features a cohort of international students. With courses led by European-based faculty, this unique graduate program offers the rare opportunity of earning two graduate degrees: an MFA in Physical Theatre and a Master di Primo Livello in Physical Theatre.

The MFA in Physical Theatre is a fusion of research and experimentation within diverse yet interrelated European performance trends. The program is based at the Accademia dell’Arte’s campus and studios in Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy.

Our graduate program brings together some of the most innovative approaches available in Europe, through world-class faculty who offer a wealth of first-hand, practical experience. 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. The program is contextualized by the ongoing study of history, aesthetics and social theory.

As well as their base in Arezzo, students are exposed to European cultural trends 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 Accademia’s MFA in Physical Theater a pivotal experience and opportunity in students' artistic and personal development.

The ultimate goal of the program is to launch the graduates 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.

*The Master di Primo Livello from the Università degli Studi di Torino (University of Turin) and the One Year Certificate of Training from Mississippi University for Women are granted upon sucessful completation of one year.

*The MFA in Physical Theatre is granted upon sucessful completation of the full program (includes a written thesis).

*Granting of the Master di Primo Livello is contingent on a minimum enrollment of students from the European Union.


Important Dates & Deadlines

The Accademia dell'Arte is now accepting applications for the MFA program commencing August 2016*.   

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

Candidates who plan to audition at the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) or URTA will need to make a separate application for these auditions. 

*The Accademia dell'Arte reserves the right to change the start date of the program.

Academic Calendar Fall 2016 (Incoming Cohort)

Arrival in Arezzo 25-27th of August 2016*

Orientation and Commencement 29th of August 2016

Fall Break 15-23rd of October 2016

End of the Semester 15th of December 2016**

*Students are obliged to arrive in Arezzo within above dates. Students requiring a Visa have to travel directly to Italy before visiting other European countries.

**To be confirmed.


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.