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.


Julie Taymor to Direct, Clive Owen to Star in David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly
updated February 2017

Faculty member, David Henry Hwang’s Tony Award-winning play M. Butterfly will return to Broadway this fall, directed by Julie Taymor and starring Clive Owen.

Inés Braun Directs Euripdes’ Alkestis
updated February 2017

Current students, Inés Braun directs Euripdes’ Alkestis, translated by Anne Carson, for her directing thesis, February 15 – 18 at The Connelly Theatre.
Camino Real Matt Trucano Directs Camino Real as His Thesis Play
updated January 2017

For his thesis production, current student, Matt Trucano will direct Tennessee Williams’ expansive Camino Real, playing at the Connelly Theatre from January 25-28, 2017.

Alumnus Michel Hausmann Wins Knight Foundation Grant with Miami New Drama
updated January 2017

Under the leadership of Co-Founder and Artistic Director Michel Hausmann ’13, Miami New Drama (MIND) was awarded a matching grant of $150,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for an ongoing project...

Playwriting Alumna Paola Lazaro brings Tell Hector I Miss Him to Atlantic Stage 2
updated January 2017

Paola Lázaro’s ’13 new play Tell Hector I Miss Him is scheduled for its world premiere at the Atlantic Theater Company this month. The play follows the lives of twelve people in a slum in Old San Juan.
Opera Colorado presents a new opera with libretto by Deborah Brevoort
updated December 2016

Opera Colorado presents the world premiere Steal a Pencil for Me, a new opera with libretto by Deborah Brevoort (faculty) and music by Gerald Cohen, as part of their 2017-2018 Season. The opera is based on the true story of Jaap Polak and Ina Soep Polak and tells the story of a romance that endures through the horror of World War II.

An Interview with Alumnus Blake Kile on Stage Managing The Servant of Two Masters
updated December 2016

Blake Kile ‘16 is the assistant stage manager for Theater for a New Audience’s The Servant of Two Masters, a new production of the classic commedia dell'arte adapted for today.
Professor Lynn Nottage Makes Her Broadway Debut with "Sweat"
updated December 2016

Professor Lynn Nottage’s Sweat heads to Broadway this March, following a successful run at the Public Theater. Nottage has earned many accolades over the years for her plays, including the Pulitzer Prize for her drama Ruined in 2009, however, this will be her Broadway debut.

Erwin Maas directs NYT Critics' Pick "Poison" on Theatre Row
updated December 2016

Erwin Maas (’04) directs The New York Times Critics’ Pick Poison at Theatre Row’s Beckett Theater for the American premiere. The show, by Dutch playwright Lot Vekemans, centers on a couple whose marriage fell apart after the death of their child.

Alumnus Jason Jacobs Directs Lavender Songs at the Playroom Theater
updated November 2016

The show ran from November 3 – 13. Written and performed by Jeremy Lawrence, the show is set in a nightclub during the last performance by “Tante Fritzy,” an aging cabaret dancer in Weimar German, which brings to life the personal and sexual freedom that was soon to be destroyed.

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