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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.


Clarence Coo Clarence Coo Receives Whiting Award
updated March 2017

Clarence Coo '10, a School of the Arts Theatre Program alumnus and current Manager of Academic Administration for the Writing Program, has received a Whiting Award, one of the most prestigious awards for emerging writers, for his work as a playwright.

Alumnus Andrew Garman Takes the Stage in "The Moors"
updated March 2017

Acting alumni Andrew Garman ’98 takes the stage as the family dog, Mastiff, in the Playwright Realm’s production of Jen Silverman’s The Moors. Inspired by the Brontës...

School of the Arts Faculty, Students, and Alumni Celebrate Arab Classic Plays
updated March 2017

Numerous Columbia faculty, students, and alumni join with other New York theater-artists for an event at the Martin Segal Theater Center celebrating Arab Classic Plays on April 19.

Ari Rodriguez Directs Hair as His Thesis Show
updated March 2017

Current student, Ari Rodriguez directs Hair this March at The Connelly Theater for his directing thesis. The pioneering rock-musical, with a book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot, made its debut in 1967 at the Public Theater.

Alumnus Scott Ebersold Directs The View UpStairs at the Lynn Redgrave Theater
updated March 2017

Scott Ebersold ‘15 directs The View UpStairs by Max Vernon at the Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project. The show is produced by Jenny Ainsworth ‘14, stage managed by Elizabeth Ann Goodman ‘15...

Markus Potter Directs Church & State Off-Broadway
updated March 2017

Director Markus Potter ’03 will join Theatre Aspen as their new Associate Artistic Director. Potter will work in this role to support the Apprentice Program and Theatre Aspen School, two educational programs of the award-winning Colorado theater.

Pálína Jónsdóttir Directs "Babette's Feast" for her Thesis
updated March 2017

Current student, Pálína Jónsdóttir directs her adaptation of Babette’s Feast, this March at The Connelly Theater for her theatre directing thesis. Based on the eponymous anecdote by Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen)...

CSC’s Young Company presents The Comedy of Errors
updated March 2017

The Classic Stage Company’s Young Company, comprised of actors from the Columbia MFA Acting Class of 2017, brings The Comedy of Errors  to life this March.

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.

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