MFA Program


STC Academy, in conjunction with The George Washington University, offers a Master of Fine Arts degree to develop actors for the mythic theatre.

Under the guidance of STC’s artistic team, STC Academy at The George Washington University trains up to 18 students each year. The Academy’s one-year intensive graduate program (consisting of a full 59 credit hours) focuses on the 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, Academy 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 Academy repertory productions in Washington, D.C. An alternative to traditional MFA acting programs, the Academy helps professional actors who want to strengthen their skills in these specific disciplines.

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