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The M.A. Program in Theatre History and Criticism prepares students to enter the field of advanced theatre studies with a particular consideration of the play within its social and historical context.

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Located in the heart of our nation’s Capital, our program trains students for a professional career in dramaturgy and admission into the top Ph.D. programs in Theatre nationwide. The program takes advantage of Catholic University’s location by providing qualified students with internships at professional theatres in DC, American Shakespeare Center, Arena Stage, Dog & Pony, First Stage, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Forum Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, Molotov Theatre, Round House Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Theatre J., and access to America’s most important research libraries.

Collaborate with theatre professionals. Be part of our season!

Students use their skills as theatre historians and dramaturgs to work alongside theatre professionals, as well as the department’s talented student directors, actors, and playwrights, on both mainstage productions and independent projects.

Scholarships are available. Find out more!

The M.A. program accepts applications year round. It is possible to start the program in the Fall or Spring. If you have applied or plan to apply, please contact the Head of the Program, Dr. Patrick Tuite.

  • Theatre History Track

    Includes graduate courses in Dramatic Literature, Theatre History and Theatre Theory. Students completing this concentration are fully equipped for a Ph.D. program in Theatre History. Students may complete a thesis in preparation for a Ph.D. program, but it is not a requirement for the degree.

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  • Dramaturgy Track

    Includes graduate-level courses in dramaturgy and participation in a dramaturgy internship with an affiliated professional theatre. There are also opportunities for involvement in theatre production through dramaturgical work.

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    Why Us?

    We provide a solid foundation in the study of theatre, and we believe it is important to understand all elements of theatre to appreciate their intersections and the collaborative nature of the creative process.

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