Degrees & Concentrations

About the Concentrations

The Theatre MFA programs in Acting, Directing, Playwriting, Dramaturgy, Stage Management, and Theatre Management & Producing seek students who have the talent, vision, and commitment to become exceptional artists. At the School of the Arts, students interact with the leading creators, practitioners, producers, and analysts of today’s theatre, acquiring rigorous training rooted deeply in the classics, while exploring new forms and the cutting edge of theatrical art. The best theatre across all times and cultures has not only reflected, but has also shaped its society. At its best, theatre helps point society to its best future. Columbia’s MFA Theatre Program aims to train theatre artists to fulfill that important role in today’s society.

Theatre MFA students are admitted to a specific course of study, or concentration: Acting, Directing, Playwriting, Dramaturgy, Stage Management, or Theatre Management & Producing. Students follow a prescribed program curriculum, designed to provide basic grounding in their discipline, along with electives to support and enhance students’ concentration. Coursework is coordinated with required participation in stage productions.

Information on the specific course requirements for each concentration can be found on their respective pages (see links above).