Earn your MFA in Classical Acting in one extraordinary year.

At the Academy, we believe that reimagining great texts requires craft, scholarship, flexibility, and audacity. We believe that exhilarant language can change space and time; we believe in the power of the human body to manifest mythic stories; and we believe that theatre should be a profound exploration of the variety and breadth of the human spirit in all of its myriad incarnations.

Our intensive program is a joint venture between Shakespeare Theatre Company and the George Washington University. Classes in Acting, Text & Rhetoric, Voice, Speech, Mask, Movement, and Stage Combat make up the core of the curriculum. Faculty members for the program are award-winning actors and artists associated with Shakespeare Theatre Company.

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The STC Academy training is unique, challenging, and transformative. Find out more about our curriculum and meet our professional faculty.


Actors at the Academy perform in a variety of studio productions throughout the year, and many have the opportunity to understudy main stage productions at STC.


Applying to our program and to The George Washington University is simple and straightforward. And we’re always happy to help answer any questions along the way.

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Find out about our philosophy and what makes us tick.

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