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Welcome to The School of Theatre, Film & Television! Our programs nurture and develop outstanding artists and scholars by providing rigorous training and mentoring by internationally recognized faculty, excellent internship opportunities, industry-standard resources, and hands-on production experience.


We offer comprehensive training in the art and business of storytelling, as expressed through the rich emotional experiences only offered through live theatre and the immersive cinematic experience, which prepares students to succeed in a wide range of careers—in the industry, the arts, and higher education.


Our alumni go on to enjoy a wide range of careers — including acting, directing, producing, dramaturgy, play and screenwriting, theatrical/entertainment designing and technical production, editing, cinematography, and in arts non-profits and higher education.


Our Theatre Arts program was ranked 33 out of 306 nationwide by College Factual, and Film & Television was ranked #20 among U.S. film schools by The Wrap’s “Top 50 Film Schools,” making UA one of the top places to study theatre and film.


Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, our degrees offer strong theoretical foundations and rigorous conservatory-style training by a faculty of working professionals. As a member of the University/Resident Theater Association (U/RTA), we provide excellent professional theatre training in stage design and production for graduate students.


We hope you will join us!


Andrew Belser



Repertory Theatre

The Wolves Venue: Tornabene Theatre February 8, 2020 to February 23, 2020

Screening Events

What’s Up, Docs? Venue: The Loft Cinemas December 17, 2019 at 7:00pm

Theatre Studies Performance Showcase

Spring Theatre Studies Performance Showcase – The Funniest Tragedian Venue: Harold Dixon Directing Studio, Drama Bldg. (Rm. 116) April 30, 2020 at 8:00pm


TFTV’s Film Program ranks in the Top 25 of The Wrap’s Top 50 Film Schools

Our program once again stars in The Wrap’s annual Top 50 U.S. Film Schools issue! The School of Theatre, Film & Television has jumped 10 spots from last year and is now… More

TFTV Alumnus Lindsay Utz and Nels Bangerter Discover Story in Cinematic Non-Fiction

All too often a nonfiction film’s cinematic possibilities deflate in post-production, where the pressure, both internal and external, to make something formulaic becomes intense. The irony, of course,… More

Documentaries: Cooking in the crock pot

Beverly Seckinger compares documentary filmmaking to cooking. “Documentary filmmaking is more like cooking in the crock pot instead of the microwave,” she explained with a laugh. “It takes… More

Featured Faculty

Claire Marie Mannle Instructor

Claire Marie Mannle teaches courses in acting, directing, and theatre appreciation. At UA she appeared in The Tempest and The Comedy of Errors for Arizona Repertory Theatre and… More

Ted Kraus Associate Professor

Ted Kraus is currently an Associate Professor and the Technical Director in the School of Theatre, Film and Television, at the University of Arizona. He spent the first… More

Deanna Fitzgerald Professor, Interim Co-Director of School of Theatre, Film and Television

MFA Theatrical Design and Production, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, 2001. BA Drama, Flagler College, 1991. Deanna Fitzgerald is a professional Lighting Designer and member of United… More

Student Work

UA FTV Fiction Films

Our students' films have gained recognition at the world's top films festivals, including the Berlin Intl. Film Festival and Sundance, and feature stellar performances from rising stars in the Theatre programs. BA and BFA students in the film program work collaboratively on films, with BA students applying skills learned in producing and studies courses to lead projects in the producer role. Magic Hour and I Dream in Widescreen are the popular showcases for fiction produced in the program. More

Design Tech Showcase Reveals Secrets

Every year, the school brings agents, professional designers and production specialists to campus to view the work of our actors and design and technology students. The annual Showcase of Talent offers our students a valuable next step into the business and direct access to industry professionals. More

UA FTV Documentaries

Our production students gain experience in documentary, and are taught by working filmmakers whose films can be seen on HBO, Netflix, and PBS. The documentary work is original and eclectic, and reflects the rich culture of Tucson. Student work is regularly showcased at What’s up, Docs at The Loft Cinema and at I Dream in Widescreen, the gala event of BFA senior thesis films that regularly draws crowds of over 1000 to the historic Fox Tucson Theatre. More

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