Academy of Classical Acting

MFA in Classical Acting


ACA Classical Acting


Our Training

A rigorous and immersive one-year MFA program that includes acting, voice, rhetoric, text, movement, mask, the Alexander Technique, stage combat, clown, as well as dramatic literature, script analysis, and theatre history, the ACA offers a unique training structure that serves as an incubator for fully developed classical actors and theatre makers.

The Shakespeare Theatre Company Academy of Classical Acting is a joint venture with the George Washington University, and upon completion candidates receive a terminal degree – a Master of Fine Arts. Classes in Acting, Text & Rhetoric, Voice, Speech, Mask, Movement, and Stage Combat make up the core of the curriculum. Many of the faculty members for the program are award-winning actors and artists associated with the STC, and visiting artists like Laura Linney, Maria Aitkin, and Fran Dorn are invited to offer Master Classes when in town.