About the Program
The drama curriculum provides an exemplary liberal arts course of study by combining practical creative work in acting, directing, design, and production with intensive scholarly exploration of the literature, history, and theory of performance, understood as a fundamental mode of human communication.
Our theater arts faculty are highly accomplished directors, actors, designers and playwrights who are devoted to the mission of university teaching. Our scholarly theater and performance studies faculty are world-recognized leaders in their fields with extensive publishing, editing, and lecturing credentials.
In all areas of drama at Washington University, students are encouraged to take the lead in artistic creation, problem solving, collaboration, and scholarly research. Our students act, write for, direct, design, and manage major productions. They delve into archives and library stacks, and communicate their findings in speech and writing, gaining intellectual self-confidence and independence. In every aspect of our work, the drama faculty provide challenges and guidance for students with a mind toward their self-realization as artists, thinkers, and leaders.