The Catholic University of America

Graduate Programs

The Graduate Theatre Programs at The Catholic University of America are designed on the premise that theatre is a fundamental cultural necessity that is enriched by and enriches the community in which it is located. We believe that theatre is a common ground for cultural discourse and that it is incumbent upon theatre artists to use their voices responsibly.

We strive to understand why theatre is an essential art, asking what we can achieve in theatre that cannot be achieved in other art forms. We challenge ourselves to recognize that by its nature performance is an innately spiritual act. We offer the training and experiences necessary for students to develop an imaginative creative process and disciplined personal expression in the theatre.

All of our endeavors are informed by a thorough knowledge of theatre history and theory along with a critical understanding of the world canon of drama. We engage professional artists from the local, national and international theatre community to support our mission and aid our students as they transition into the field.

NOTE: The M.F.A. programs in Acting and Directing enroll classes once every three years. The next class will be enrolled for Fall 2018. The M.F.A. program in Playwriting and the M.A. programs each enroll a class every year.

M.F.A. Program in Acting

The world of the actor is an unrelenting mountain that demands an uncompromising search for self-awareness, characterization and an understanding of the human condition. The performance studies program enables the student to bring a high artistic and ethical purpose to a career in the theatre. We are dedicated to preparing our students for the theatre profession as well as developing a personal vision for his or her life's work. We are committed to providing opportunities for the students to connect with the local, national and international professional community.

M.F.A. Program in Directing

The M.F.A. Program in Directing emphasizes a collaborative approach to theatre within an interdisciplinary context. We strive to give directing students the ability to work across a wide variety of genres, with a distinct voice and passion, as thinking, caring, professional theatre artists.

M.F.A. Program in Playwriting

The M.F.A. Program in Playwriting accepts a select number of students every year. They will be introduced to a completely professional approach to playwriting, to prepare them for the current market for new plays and playwrights. There is no bias toward any specific "kind" of play or performance; the point of the program is to create scripts of professional quality, whether for commercial, non-profit or "fringe" venues.

M.A. Program in Theatre History and Criticism

The M.A. Program in Theatre History and Criticism prepares students to enter the field of theatre studies, with a particular consideration of the play within its social context and the production as a significant cultural expression. M.A. students will be incorporated into the ensemble work as dramaturgs to gain firsthand experience of the collaborative process.

M.A. Program in Theatre Education

The M.A. Program in Theatre Education prepares students, teachers, and teaching artists to use the creative and instructional skills of the theater in the classroom, in productions at elementary and secondary schools, and in community programs.


Graduate Certificate in Creative Teaching through Drama

In this 5-course graduate certificate program, develop new approaches for a variety of curriculum topics in K-12 classrooms or other educational settings using Drama as a learning method.