CUAdrama, one of the oldest theatre programs in the country, enjoys a national reputation for the artistic and intellectual quality of its programs. The department incorporates academic rigor with top-notch theatrical productions, providing both practical training and a scholarly foundation in the liberal arts.
CUAdrama offers prospective actors, directors, designers, playwrights, teachers, and scholars a comprehensive study of theatre, providing a solid foundation for the discipline in order to become knowledgeable theatre professionals. There are numerous opportunities to participate in productions, both onstage or behind-the-scenes, meet professional designers and directors, and collaborate with fellow students. Small class sizes and accessible faculty foster a tight-knit family.
Located in Washington, D.C., home to a vibrant theatre community, CUAdrama connects students to more than 80 professional theatre companies. Through our faculty’s expansive network, our students access opportunities with prestigious institutions such as Arena Stage, The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company among others.
B.A in Drama: Students have the opportunity to explore ALL areas of theatre and become a fully informed professional. Courses include: acting, design, production, directing, playwriting, stagecraft, and literary analysis.
B.A./M.A. in Theatre Education: Combine education and drama in an accelerated degree program that leads to two degrees and certification to teach both English and Drama at the secondary level.
Certificate in Performing Arts Management: Courses in accounting, management, and marketing prepare students for all aspects of nonprofit management in the performing arts.
Digital Art & Design Undergraduate Certificate: Combine drama courses with digital communication and design classes to acquire essential skills and technical prowess.
M.F.A. in Acting, Directing, Playwriting
M.A. in Theatre History and Criticism
M.A. in Theatre Education
Creative Teaching through Drama Graduate Certificate
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I cherish the fact that I received a B.A. in Drama from CUA… I was always made to feel as an equal being pushed to do my greatest work by my instructors…everyone I encountered gave me the utmost encouragement, support and guidance.
Coming to Catholic and joining CUAdrama was like joining a second family. I made some amazing friends in both the undergraduate and graduate programs that inspired me and pushed me to do better. The faculty cared about their students and were so instrumental in my progress as an actor and a person. I know I'm leaving CUAdrama with superb training and lifelong friends and memories.
CUAdrama teaches you how to be an advocate for yourself and your craft by instilling confidence, building relationships, and creating an atmosphere where expression is a part of life. The tools and the instructions are provided; if you choose to pick them up, you can and will create beautiful, meaningful, passionate work.
Intellectual rigor and artistic immersion - these two characteristics of CUADrama's grad program shaped my creative process and my ability to articulate my vision.
The faculty and staff go above and beyond to help their students in and out of the classroom, and they all work in the professional DC theatre scene. I truly believe that the drama department will give you the experience and knowledge that will help you make your way into the theatre world!
As a student interested in design and production, this department has provided me with fantastic opportunities to learn about all aspects of theatre. Between classes, shows, and internships, I have been given the chance to learn about and grow within the world of theatre. This department is built like a family—they will do anything to help you, and strive to see you succeed.
Washington, DC is a fantastic theatre town, and CUA brings in professional directors and designers for almost every mainstage production. All of our professors have worked, or are currently working professionally. Additionally, the drama department encourages students to explore every aspect of theatre, and students gain experience in each area. I love that at CUA, students have the opportunity to realize their talents, while surrounded and taught by professionals. The drama department has an amazing sense of community that extends beyond the walls of the theatre. I'm confident that my training at CUA will allow me to pursue my acting and music careers through graduate school and the professional world.