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.


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.

An Interview with David Henry Hwang on Writing for Showtime's "The Affair"
updated November 2016

This November, Playwriting Concentration Head David Henry Hwang’s television writing talents will be showcased with the release of season three of The Affair. As a writer and producer for the show, Hwang is part of the six person writing team who develop the storylines for each episode.

Rachel Chavkin's "Great Comet" lands on Broadway
updated November 2016

Rachel Chavkin ’08 directs Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. The show opened on Broadway with this week with a rave review from Christopher Isherwood at The New York Times.

Alumna Daaimah Mubashshir Awarded MacDowell Fellowship
updated November 2016

School of the Arts playwrighting alumna Daaimah Mubashshir ‘15 was awarded a fall 2016 MacDowell Fellowship, alongside theater artists such as acclaimed playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, performance artist...
Dean Carol Becker to Address Pioneer Works' Inaugural Alternative Art School Fair
updated November 2016

School of the Arts’ Dean Carol Becker is slated to address the inaugural Alternative Art School Fair hosted by Pioneer Works, a non-profit center for research and experimentation in cultural fields.

Three New Plays Showcased in the Schapiro Theater
updated November 2016

Three new plays, made in collaboration between the Class of 2018 Directors, Dramaturges, and Playwrights, will run in rep at the Schapiro Theatre from Nov. 11 – 13.

Columbia Playwrights Showcased Across New York This November
updated November 2016

This November, a number of School of the Arts playwrights will see staged productions across the city.  A new work by Matt Barbot (’17), El Coqui Espactacular and the Bottle of Doom...

Professor Lynn Nottage's Sweat enjoys extended run at The Public
updated October 2016

Pulitzer Prize-winner and School of the Arts Associate Professor Lynn Nottage opened her new latest play, Sweat, at The Public Theater on Oct. 18. Nottage’s “extraordinarily moving drama” (The New York Times)...

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