The Catholic University of America

Why CUAdrama?

Discover what makes our program unique.

Explore All Areas of Theatre

We provide a comprehensive study of theatre giving students a solid foundation for the discipline so they can become knowledgeable theatre professionals. We believe it is important to understand all elements of theatre in order to appreciate their intersections and the collaborative nature of the creative process. Exposure to the various aspects of theatre gives students an opportunity to find what sparks their passion and an opportunity to focus on their interests.

At CUAdrama explore:

Acting, Design, Production, Directing, Playwriting, Stagecraft, and Literary Analysis

Our faculty are all working professionals who are experts in their field.


Production Opportunities

  • FroCase--the freshman showcase is directed and produced by the Junior class
  • Mainstage Productions--get involved onstage or behind-the-scenes and meet professional designers and directors
  • Independent Projects & Cabarets--create or participate in student driven projects
  • MFA Directing Projects--collaborate with graduate student directors, actors, and playwrights on projects that explore both classical texts and new works


Beyond the Classroom

CUAdrama provides many opportunities for students to apply classroom learning to real world situations. Through our program gain experience and marketable skills for the world of theatre and beyond.


  • design sets and costumes for independent projects
  • assistant design for mainstage shows
  • assistant direct mainstage shows
  • provide literary analysis for both mainstage and independent productions

Crew Positions for every show:

  • stage hand
  • costume assistant
  • light operator
  • sound operator
  • stage manager & assistant stage manager

Employment & Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Costume Shop
  • Scene Shop
  • Box Office
  • Business Office


Community Opportunities

We provide connections to more than 80 professional theatre companies in the metro D.C. area. Through our faculty's expansive network our students receive opportunities with prestigious institutions such as Arena Stage, The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, and  Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company among others. Gain access to internships and readings, as well as free or discounted theatre tickets through our program.

Participate in D.C.'s annual Fringe Festival or Source Festival, which have opportunities for emerging artists.

Build your network with professionals before you graduate.


Alumni Network

CUAdrama has a worldwide network of alumni who are involved in all aspects of theatre.

Our alumni have become notable artists in American theatre, film, television production, and corporate entertainment. Among them are Oscar and Tony award-winning actors and directors, Pulitzer Prize winning Playwrights, Broadway designers, and theatre critics for the New York Times, The Washington Post, and respected journals. Many alumni are currently in leadership positions in major theatrical venues, including Arena Stage, the Yale School of Drama, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, as well as in professional and academic organizations. Our graduates have been affiliated with a variety of professional theatres throughout the country, from the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. to the Wooster Group, an internationally known off-Broadway experimental theatre company, and from the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis to the New York Shakespeare Festival. Our graduates work for Disney, with Dreamworks, in network television news and popular sitcoms, Catholic television production, the Public Broadcasting System, and with Voice of America. Alumni also serve on college and university faculties, in private acting studios, and Catholic and public high schools.

There are very active communities in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and the Baltimore-Washington area.


I was drawn to CUA for the family. All members of the community are working towards the same goal. If you want to help the world, it is the CUA Drama Department that will get you there.

Bridgett Grace Sheaff, B.A. '14