Theatre

 
Columbia University’s Theatre Program is international, collaborative and interdisciplinary. It is defined by its location in New York City, and by the extensive network of Columbia alumni and faculty who run prestigious Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatres; direct and perform in Tony- and other award-winning productions; and teach, mentor and engage with students beyond the classroom.

Coursework is centered on experience on campus and off, both within and beyond a student’s concentration. Working in partnership with other concentrations is encouraged, and Collaboration class, offered in the second semester of the first year and taught by Anne Bogart, brings actors, directors, playwrights, dramaturgs, and managers together into creative teams. An integrated part of Columbia and New York City life, students are also encouraged to take on opportunities at Columbia’s other acclaimed graduate institutions.

Theatre Management & Producing, Dramaturgy, and Stage Management students take classes with a wide range of New York’s most established producers, managers, and publicity agents, often directly in their offices throughout the city. Due to these connections, we are able to build relationships between students and acclaimed professionals, facilitating them to acquire sought after internships and coveted jobs.

The third year is devoted to thesis productions, with performances held in theatres throughout New York City, including the Pershing Square Signature Center, the Connolly Theatre and 3LD. Third-year MFA Acting students and two Stage Management students per year are offered Actors Equity Association (AEA) eligibility through our partnership with Classic Stage Company.

Recent guest lecturers at the program include:
Edward Albee, Alec Baldwin, Stephen Belber, André Bishop, Cate Blanchett, Jason Butler-Horner, Michael Cristofe, Mike Daisey, Olympia Dukakis, Oskar Eustis, America Ferrara, Harvey Fierstein, Richard Foreman, Freddie Gershon, Sam Gold, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Nicholas Hytner, Gregory Kandel, Moises Kaufman, Adrienne Kennedy, Stan Lai, Mark Lamos, Tina Landau, James Lapine, Margo Lion, Hal Luftig, Erika Mallin, Peter Marks, Michael Mayer, Kevin McCollum, Joseph Melillo, Bruce Myers, Bill Murray, James Nicola, Mike Nichols, Cynthia Nixon, Mandy Patinkin, Lisa Peterson, Roger Rees, Michael Riedel, Sarah Ruhl, Tim Sanford, Bartlett Sher, Nicky Silver, Anna Deavere Smith, Stephen Sondheim, Jeanine Tesori, Ivo van Hove, Jaan Whitehead and Francesca Zambello.
 

News

updated February 2016
 
Playwriting alumni Hammaad Chaudry ’14 and Celine Song ’14 have both been selected for the Public Theater's 2016–17 Emerging Writer's Group. Members of the prestigious program are selected biannually and receive a two-year fellowship at the Public.
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updated February 2016
 
Theater faculty member Charles Mee’s new play, The Glory of the World, ran at BAM through February 6. Originally produced at the 2015 Humana Festival of New American plays, The Glory of the World has...
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updated February 2016
 
Current student Becca Plunkett has a new play opening this weekend as part of the MFA students’ New York’s Next series of new plays. 
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updated February 2016
 
Adjunct Theatre faculty member Deborah Breevort’s new opera has been selected as one of eight works to be showcased at the 2016 Fort Worth Opera Festival.
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updated February 2016
 
Current Playwriting student Alix Sobler has been announced as the winner of the 2015 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition. The winning play, The Great Divide, explores...
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updated January 2016
 
Matt Barbot’s play Princess Clara of Loisada will open the New York Next series of new plays by second-year MFA playwrights. It will open at Schapiro Theater on Thursday, January 28, and run through the weekend, until Sunday, January 31.
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updated January 2016
 
Stacey McMath ’04 is working hard to support the artists of New York City. As director of Program Services at New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), McMath helps to support organizations in arts and culture across all disciplines.
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updated January 2016
 
Faculty member Linda Marvel is the production stage manager for the current revival of Noises Off at the American Airlines Theatre. The Roundabout Theatre Company production opened January 14.
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updated January 2016
 
David Henry Hwang co-wrote the libretto for the opera Dream of the Red Chamber, commissioned by the San Fransisco Opera and set to open at the War Memorial Opera House on September 10.
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updated January 2016
 
Erwin Maas ’05 is serving as the  Artistic Director of the 2016 International Society of the Performing Arts Conference, taking place in New York from January 12 to 16. As a graduate of the School of Arts Theatre Program with an MFA in Directing...

Theatre MFA Application Deadlines
 
Directing concentration:
December 1, 2015

All other concentrations:
January 5, 2016

 
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Columbia University School of the Arts offers MFA degrees in Film, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Writing, an MA degree in Film Studies, a joint JD/MFA degree in Theatre Management & Producing, a PhD degree in Theatre History, Literature, and Theory, and an interdisciplinary program in Sound Arts.