Actors perform The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare.

MFA in Classical Acting

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.