The Catholic University of America

July 9-27, 2018

The CUA High School Drama Institute, organized by the School of Music and the Department of Drama, is a three-week residential drama program for students who wish to pursue a serious summer drama training experience. If you want to strengthen your acting skills, work hard with like-minded students, and live on a university campus, this summer experience is for you.

Daily Classes: Students take voice, movement, and acting classes. CUAdrama professors and local theatre professionals lead Master Classes—possible topics include character work, physical theatre, and stage combat.

Drama Major: Focus on scenes and monologues.

Musical Theatre Major: Focus on singing and dancing

Audition Preparation: An additional focus of the summer program is the preparation of audition monologues. Students in both tracks will work on preparing and rehearsing audition monologues. The program culminates with a showcase performance of a variety of pieces presented on the evening of the final day.

Live on campus: Students will live in supervised campus residence halls beginning on the Sunday night before the first day of classes and participate in the university meal plan. This three-week program allows students a brief experience of campus life and learning.

Evening & Weekend Activities

  • Theatre Performances: Attend a performance at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts or other Washington, DC professional theatres.
  • Washington, DC Excursions: Explore DC at night on a nighttime bus tour. On the weekend, students will have the opportunity to take the Metro (subway) as a group and spend the day exploring the museums of the Smithsonian and visiting the national monuments and memorials and possibly attending a Capital Fringe Festival performance or two. 
  • Evening Programming: Some nights will be spent in rehearsal for the culminating workshop performance. Offerings on other nights will include events like an improvisation workshop, open mic night, conversations with young professional actors, movies, and pizza parties.

Who should apply?
You must be a rising junior or senior high school student, or a rising first-year college student. This program’s focus is on older students who wish to strengthen their acting skills through daily concentrated work while living responsibly in a university setting.

Dates and Times:
Daily classes will be weekdays from 8:45 am – 4:45 pm. Evening classes, rehearsals, and programming will begin after 6:00 pm. For a working schedule of the 2018 Drama Institute click here.

Location: Hartke Theatre, Department of Drama

Fee: $3,500

Includes all classes, rehearsals, and workshop activities, as well as meals, housing, linens & pillow, theatre tickets, and bus transportation.

Financial Aid:
 See the Application information for more scholarship details. 


Interested? Fill out the Inquiry Form and we will be in touch.

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Overall my experience was an extremely positive one. I made new friends, connected with some astounding professors, got a taste of college life and built on my acting skills.

-- 2015 participant