Train with theatre professionals in the nation's capital!

Choose your major: Musical Theatre, Drama, or (new this year!) Opera 
July 8 – 26, 2019

Dates and Times: Daily classes will be weekdays from 9:00 am – 4:45 pm. Evening classes, rehearsals, and programming will begin after 6:00 pm. For a working schedule of the 2018 Drama Institute click here.

Location: Hartke Theatre, Department of Drama

Fee: $3,500.00

Includes all classes, rehearsals, and workshop activities, as well as meals, housing, linens & pillow, theatre tickets, and bus transportation.

Catholic University's High School Drama Institute is a residential program for students who wish to pursue intensive summer training in the performing arts. Study voice, movement, and acting with experts in the field.

  • Increase your ability to develop and demonstrate acting skills that require you to assume and sustain roles, use your voice effectively, and communicate character through movement and gesture.
  • Strengthen your singing and dancing skills and prepare for college auditions.
  • Draw inspiration from Catholic University instructors and theatre professionals.
  • Immerse yourself in theatre and college campus life, collaborating and living with others who share your passion for the performing arts.

Enrollment is limited to 24 students.

  • Drama Major: Focus on acting, scenes, and monologues
  • Musical Theatre Major: Focus on singing, dancing, and acting
  • Opera Major: Focus on singing, dancing, and acting

Live On Campus

Students will live in supervised campus residence halls beginning on the Sunday night before the first day of classes and participate in the university meal plan. This three-week program allows students a brief experience of campus life and learning.

Who Should Apply?

This program's focus is on older students who wish to strengthen their performance skills through daily concentrated work while living responsibly in a university setting. You must be a rising junior or senior high school student, or a rising first-year college student.


Fill out the Inquiry Form and we will be in touch.

  • Students during acting class


    Admission to Catholic University's High School Drama Institute is by application, teacher recommendation, and personal statement. Make sure to submit all your materials listed here.

    Learn More
  • Library during Spring


    Directions and location of Catholic University

    Learn More
  • faculty member with students


    Read about the faculty members who will be spending the Summer with you, teaching you how to become a star.

    Learn More
  • Student getting a round of applause

    Sample Schedule

    Are you curious about what you will be doing? Check our sample schedule and activities

    Learn More
  • Students sitting on the National Mall

    Evening and Weekend Activities

    Explore Washington D.C., attend a performance a The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, enjoy an open mic night, a pizza party, living on a university campus, and more!

    Learn More