Theater is a calling, an art, a craft, a political act, a profession, and a business. The Juilliard Drama Division is dedicated to providing the 21st-century theater artist with the necessary tools, artistic and personal, to meet the demands of all aspects of our work in an ever evolving performing arts landscape.
Our curriculum emphasizes intuition and spontaneity as well as discipline, technique, intellectual development, and social context. Our approach combines vocal and physical training, extensive work on the written word, and appreciation of style with a fierce commitment to emotional honesty, immense physical energy, and imaginative daring. We believe that this rigorous experience, along with our pledge to preparing young theater artists to take a place of responsibility in the community at large, have enabled 40 years of alumni to excel as artists, leaders and global citizens.
Under the direction of Marsha Norman and Christopher Durang, the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program is woven together with our acting programs through Play Labs, staged readings, and workshop productions, providing an essential experience for our promising theatre artists. Through these dynamic opportunities actors and writers collide together in their respective roles in the creation of vibrant new work. The Drama Division has served as an incubator for this work and many of these collaborations continue to flourish for years long after graduation.
Since its inception the Drama Division at the Juilliard School has dedicated itself to excellence and has grown to be one of the most respected and renowned programs for actors and playwrights in the world.
Students seeking admission to the Drama Division may apply for the following programs (select to learn more):
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