Train with theatre professionals in the nation's capital!


 Choose your major:
Musical Theatre or Drama

July 10 – 28, 2023

Dates and Times: Daily classes will be weekdays from 8:45 am - 4:45 pm. Evening classes, rehearsals, and programming will begin after 6:00pm. For a sample schedule, click here.

Location: Hartke Theatre, Department of Drama on the campus of The Catholic University of America

Fee: $3600 (Includes lodging, meals, classes, workshops, and tickets)

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

Rising Seniors – Interested in our BFA in Acting for Theatre, Film, and Television or our BM in Musical Theatre? Participation in the High School Drama Institute may substitute for your audition for either or both undergraduate programs.

Interested? Possibly interested?
Please complete this Inquiry Form.


On Campus Experience

Students will attend classes and rehearsals and participate in the university meal plan. This three-week program allows students a brief experience of campus life and learning.
  • 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.

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  • Library during Spring


    Directions and location of Catholic University

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  • faculty member with students


    Read about the faculty members you will work closely with during this summer intensive.

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  • Student getting a round of applause

    Sample Schedule

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

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  • 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!

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