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.


Columbia Alums Direct and Star in the World Premiere of José Rivera’s The Maids
updated September 2016

Daniel Irizarry ’04 directs the world premiere of José Rivera’s The Maids with a cast that includes Columbia alumni Laura Butler Rivera ‘04, Casey Robinson ’09, and Folami Williams ‘16.

Dean Carol Becker Releases New Memoir
updated September 2016

The book is a personal meditation on loss, end-of-life care and spirituality, centered around Becker’s relationship with her dying mother and her attempts to ensure that the 98-year-old’s final moments are dignified and meaningful.

Grayson Powell to Star in National Tour of Cheers
updated September 2016

Acting alumnus Grayson Powell ’16 will star in the upcoming national touring production of Cheers Live on Stage, a theatrical adaptation of the Emmy-winning TV sitcom.

Dave Register ’15 Cast in a View from the Bridge
updated August 2016

Dave Register ’15 has been cast in the Young Vic Production of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge.

David Henry Hwang Will Premiere New Opera at San Francisco Opera
updated August 2016

David Henry Hwang, professor nd current concentration head for Playwriting, will premiere his new opera Dream of the Red Chamber this fall at San Francisco Opera.

Emma Stanton Wins Jane Chambers Award, Princess Grace Fellowship
updated August 2016

The 2016 Jane Chambers Award for excellence in feminist playwriting has been given this year to Theatre alumna Emma Stanton ‘16, for No Candy.

Hammaad Chaudry Wins Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship
updated July 2016

Hammaad Chaudry ’14 is one of three playwrights to be awarded the New Dramatist Edward and Sally Van Lier Playwriting fellowship. Chaudry is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland.
Four School of the Arts Alumni Receive NYFA Playwriting Fellowships
updated July 2016

Clarence Coo ’10, Migdalia Cruz '84, Winter Miller '03, and Melisa Tien '09 have all been awarded New York Foundation of the Arts Artists’ Fellowships in the 2016 Playwriting/Screenwriting category to support their continued work as playwrights.

T. Fellowship Announces 2016 Fellow Christopher Maring
updated July 2016

Fifth T. Fellow To Be Mentored by Harold Prince, Margo Lion, Gregory Mosher, Tom Schumacher, Jeffrey Seller & David Stone
$30,000 Fellowship Is Designed to Empower New Creative Producers

David Henry Hwang Appointed Chair of American Theatre Wing
updated June 2016

Playwriting Concentration Head David Henry Hwang has been named the chair of the American Theatre Wing, the non-profit theater organization that founded and runs the Tony Awards.

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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.