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.

Program Contacts

Building XX
814 20th Street NW, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 202-994-8072 | Fax: 202-994-9403 
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Director of Graduate Studies
Leslie Jacobson
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Program Administrator
Katherine White
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(202) 994-2819

Program Director, STC
Alec Wild
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(202) 994-2820