The Drama Division at The Juilliard School is one of the most respected and renowned conservatory programs for theater artists in the world. The Division’s outstanding creative reputation, distinguished faculty, and extraordinary level of rigorous professional training have enabled 40 years of alumni to excel as artists, leaders and global citizens.
Founded in 1968 by the renowned American director, producer, and theater administrator John Houseman and the French director, teacher, and actor Michel Saint-Denis, the program is a four-year curriculum that emphasizes intuition and spontaneity as well as discipline, technique and intellectual development. It is an approach that synthesizes what was once considered "European" in terms of vocal training, physical training, text, and style with what is peculiarly and brilliantly American—immense physical energy, intellectual and imaginative daring, and a fierce commitment to emotional honesty. Successive leaders have included such distinguished theater practitioners as American director and educator Alan Schneider, English director and renowned Shakespeare interpreter Michael Langham, the American director and current Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theater in Washington, D.C., Michael Kahn, and James Houghton, founding artistic director of New York’s Signature Theatre Company. The current Acting Director of the Drama Division is Richard Feldman.
The Drama Division has continually expanded and revised its programs, responding to and anticipating the need of the contemporary theater artist. Some of the significant additions, among others, have included expanded faculty and curriculum, additional performance opportunities, the addition of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program and the implementation of a Master of Fine Arts degree. Our acting and playwriting alumni have distinguished themselves in all areas of the arts, including theater, film, and television. The Division looks forward to celebrating their 50th Anniversary in the 2017-2018 season.