Application Process

Admission to Catholic University's High School Drama Institute is by application, teacher recommendation, and personal statement. Applicants will be accepted on the basis of their commitment to work within a concentrated summer performing arts program. Not ready to apply but interested? Fill out our Inquiry Form

Application Materials Checklist

1. Complete the Application Form.

2. One Teacher Recommendation
Ask one of your teachers to complete this recommendation form.

Complete Part 1 of the form and give it to your teacher with a stamped envelope addressed to:

The Catholic University of America
Drama Department – HSDI
620 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20064

3. Personal Statement

Write a personal statement of no more than 250 words about your interest in Catholic University's High School Institutes.

4. High School Transcript

Request a copy of your high school transcript (an unofficial copy is fine).

5. Application Fee of $40

Mail a $40 non-refundable application fee (via check payable to The Catholic University of America or via credit card below) with your materials.

6. Scholarship Application (if applicable)

The High School Drama Institute has a limited amount of partial scholarships for students who would not be able to attend the Institute at full cost.

To qualify for this aid, students will need to fully apply to the program—submit the online application, the application fee, transcripts, personal statement, and teacher recommendation and the scholarship application. No scholarships will be offered until all application materials are received.

Submit your personal statement, transcript, $40 non-refundable application fee, and scholarship application (if applicable):

HSDI 2022

By Mail

The Catholic University of America
Drama Department – HSDI
620 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20064


By Email

Scan your personal statement, high school transcript, and scholarship application and email them to

Acceptance into the High School Drama

Admission will occur on a rolling basis once all application materials plus the application fee have been received. The program will enroll no more than 24 students, so early submission of application materials increases the likelihood of acceptance.

Applicants will receive notification of admission within 2 weeks of receipt of all materials.