PROVIDENCE – The tuition costs for all returning and future students of the Brown University/Trinity Repertory Master of Fine Arts in Acting and Directing programs will be fully funded by the university beginning in the 2018-19 academic year, the university announced in a news release.
The scholarships will allow for the program to accommodate a more-diverse set of actors and directors, particularly those that come from low- or middle-income backgrounds.
“In the theatre world, diversity is often hampered by the inability of low-income artists and artists of color to afford to be creators,” said Patricia Ybarra, chair of Brown’s theatre arts and performance studies department, in a statement. “You cannot take risks and choose your own path when hampered by debt, and I am hopeful that we will see riskier and more-innovative work as a result of this change.”
MFA students who demonstrate financial need will also continue to be eligible for stipend support to cover living expenses, according to the release.
The announcement follows the launch of the Brown Arts Initiative in March 2017, which embodies the university’s efforts to become a destination for the study of fine arts through hosting world-class artists, performers and scholars.
“This change in funding coalesces with the larger vision of the Brown Arts Initiative, which supports experimental and engaged artists as part of its core mission,” Ybarra said.
Lauren Aratani is a PBN contributing writer.