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

Roundabout Theatre Company & Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre Program Announce Winners of Columbia@Roundabout’s New Play Reading Series
updated May 2016

As part of the previously announced collaborative partnership between Roundabout Theatre Company and Columbia University, each celebrating their 50th Anniversaries this year, the reading series awards three playwrights from the current MFA program and recent alumni with a cash prize as well as two readings in Roundabout’s Black Box Theatre. Five finalists have also received cash prizes in recognition of their exceptional work.
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Two School of the Arts Alumni Win Obie Awards
updated May 2016

Two School of the Arts Theatre alumni were named winners at the 2016 Obie Awards in May: Rachel Chavkin (Directing, ’08) and Maha Chehlaoui (Acting, ’99).
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Edie Falco, Award-Winning Actress from The Sopranos and Nurse Jackie, Will Address School of the Arts Graduates at Columbia University
updated May 2016

Edie Falco, the award-winning actress best known for her roles in The Sopranos and Nurse Jackie, will be the speaker at the Celebration of Graduates, Wednesday, May 18, 2016.
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Columbia Alumni Nominated for 2016 Drama Desk Awards
updated April 2016
 
Two Columbia alumni have been nominated for the 2016 Drama Desk Awards. The ceremony will be held at The Town Hall June 5th, 2016, and will be hosted by Michael Urie. This is the 61st Drama Desk Awards, which are presented annually to honor outstanding achievement by professional theatre artists on Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway.
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HERE Arts Center Selects Gisela Cardenas as Resident Artist
updated April 2016
 
Gisela Cardenas ’04 has been selected by HERE Arts Center as one of 15 artists to participate in its HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP).
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Jeanine Tesori Wins Lee Reynolds Award
updated April 2016
 
Adjunct faculty member Jeanine Tesori will be awarded the Lee Reynolds Award for her work on Fun Home with Lisa Kron and Sam Gold.
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Rachel Chavkin directs Small Mouth Sounds
updated April 2016
 
Rachel Chavkin ’08 will be bringing Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl back to New York after a successful run at Ars Nova last year.
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Playwriting Student Ming Peiffer Discusses Her Thesis Play
updated April 2016
 
Current student Ming Peiffer's thesis play, Usual Girls, ran at the Ford Studio at Pershing Square Signature Center on April 22 and 23.
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updated April 2016
 
Current student McFeely Sam Goodman’s thesis play, Afterward, ran at the Ford Studio at Pershing Square Signature Center on April 21, 23 and 24.
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updated April 2016
 
Sara Rademacher’s directing thesis, The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, opened April 20 and will run through April 23 at the Connelly Theatre in New York.
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updated April 2016
 
The 2016 Lucille Lortel Award nominations for off-Broadway theatre have been announced, and Theatre Program alumni and faculty are well represented among the nominees.

 
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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.