The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting (ACA), in conjunction with The George Washington University, offers a Master of Fine Arts degree to develop actors for the classical theatre. Under the guidance of Michael Kahn, Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company and one of this country's most respected acting teachers, the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University trains up to 16 students each year. The ACA's one-year intensive graduate program (consisting of a full 59 credit hours) focuses on the specific craft of acting Shakespeare and other classical texts.
Training includes acting, voice and ear-training—in particular the challenges of speaking verse—movement, mask, the Alexander Technique, text, stage combat, as well as dramatic literature and theatre history. By training under the auspices of "the nation's foremost Shakespeare company" (The Wall Street Journal) and one of the nation's finest academic institutions, ACA students receive a unique opportunity to learn and interact with members of the Shakespeare Theatre Company's accomplished classical acting company. Training also includes performances in the ACA repertory productions and its Showcases in Washington, D.C. and New York City.
An alternative to traditional MFA acting programs, the ACA helps professional actors who want to strengthen their skills in these specific disciplines.