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.