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Southern Oregon University

Master of Theatre Studies
in Production and Design


The Master of Theatre Studies in Production and Design offers you the opportunity to learn from theatre professionals in a creative environment while you earn your 47 credit degree over three years.

You earn 12 quarter credits each year through the summer residency plus the applied projects in your own school. Each summer will require two weeks in residence on the SOU campus. The curriculum also includes required projects before and after each two-week residency period. This work includes play reading, analysis papers, and theoretical designs, as well as research, curriculum, design, and production projects executed in your own school.

Completion of the Master of Theatre Studies degree requires 9 additional theatre elective credits for a total of 45 graduate quarter credits. Nine of the additional graduate level credits are taken at SOU (week-long 'elective' courses in the summer or online courses during the school year). You may petition to have 6 credits accepted from a previously completed graduate degree in an appropriate discipline.

The final two credits of the Master's Program  are fulfilled through a thesis project (TA 503) in which students submit a portfolio reflecting best work samples, a detailed self evaluation paper, and an oral defense of these documents.

For curriculum details, please click the Course Work Details link in the box on the upper right of this page.

Winter 2014 Online Course

Workshop/Dramatic Literature/Modernism   January 6 - March 21, 2014

Summer 2014 On-Site Elective Courses

July 7-11, 2014
Staging the Musical:  Work with a professional theatre director to develop and/or refine your skills for directing a musical.  Study the director’s role, preproduction planning and the rehearsal process:

July 28 - August 1, 2013

Costume Crafts: Patternmaking Develop the skills and confidence to generate useful patterns from which to make costume pieces for your productions.

Microphone Intensive:  Take a deeper look at microphones and how best to use them: exploring mic technique for band/orchestra reinforcement, as well as vocals. Examine the differences between common microphone types and learn the best way to use a particular mic. Master recording set up and techniques, and learn how to create and record your very own sound effect library.


SOU Faculty Scenic Designer Sean O’Skea will lead a one-week intensive workshop on Scenic Painting at the nationally renowned Cobalt Studios in White Lake, New York. Course dates are June 30 through July 14, 2014.   Though off the SOU campus; this course fulfills ONE of the three elective course requirements for the Master’s program.  See

Students stay on site in the Cobalt House and experience a week-long immersion in scenic painting focused for the theatre educator.  Please note this workshop has separate fees due to Cobolt Studios in addition to the SOU Graduate Credit transcripting fee of $165.

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More information on graduate studies requirements