Two dancers performing in Danceworks.

Theatre & Dance

The George Washington University's Department of Theatre and Dance fosters a vibrant community of scholars, students and artists in the creatively stimulating environment of Washington, D.C.—a hub of international cultural institutions and performing arts. We nurture our students through the process of artistic self-expression using a collaborative approach and providing global context. Our faculty includes a diverse forum of experts who bring their knowledge and talents to a lively educational experience. 

Students that thrive in our programs have the following qualities:

  • Artistic and intellectual curiosity 
  • Courage and a sense of adventure
  • A desire to change the world (or, at the least, one's self) through art

Students performing in DanceWorks with colored scarves.

MFA in Dance

Refine your individual style in the heart of the international dance community

Contemporary dancers from around the globe can continue their education without missing a beat. GW’s internationally recognized Department of Theatre and Dance now offers a Master of Fine Arts in Dance for mid-career instructors, performers and choreographers. This innovative program combines residency and distance learning to enhance the careers of professionals worldwide. Students refine their individual style, technique and repertoire while networking among the larger international dance community.

The Department of Theatre and Dance website has more information on graduate programs in dance.


Students performing in Sweeny Todd.

MFA in Production Design

Inspire audiences with innovative productions

Artists looking to establish a career in this inventive field can gain the hands-on experience needed to develop a repertoire of skills across the many aspects of production. This program also connects students directly to the vibrant professional arts community of Washington, D.C., through innovative programs and collaborations with institutions such as The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Institute. 

Production Design aims to unlock students’ creativity and help them master the portfolio of practical skills essential for a career as a successful design professional. The program will offer courses that provide solid artistic training, experiential academic application and a direct opportunity to apply these skills in an intense professional environment. Students work with faculty to develop a customized three-year program that lets them develop individual styles while mastering the traditional techniques of their disciplines.

For more information, please go to the Department of Theatre and Dance website.


A performance of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

MFA in Classical Acting

Learn traditional arts from masters of the craft

The Theatre Program nurtures students through the process of artistic self-expression using a collaborative approach and providing global context. Our faculty includes a diverse forum of experts who bring their knowledge and talents to a lively educational experience.

The Classical Acting Program features an extraordinary collaboration between two leading D.C. institutions: The Shakespeare Theatre Company brings to the partnership world-class artists/teachers, a comprehensive training program and a distinguished reputation as a nationally and internationally recognized leader in classical repertory. GW brings its resources and reputation as a major research university, with strong links to the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Library of Congress, as well as shared faculty and space resources. The one-year intensive graduate program focuses on the specific craft of acting Shakespeare and other classical texts.

More information on the Classical Acting Program can be found on the Shakespeare Theatre Company website.