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  • 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 program 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.

    Our Program

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    What We Believe

    At ACA, we don't wish to train the actors of tomorrow for the theatre of yesterday. Actors leave our program ready to help define Shakespearean performance in America for the next generation. We believe that this kind of training requires full immersion and commitment, and that actors who can meet the demands of performing classical texts can perform anything.

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  • Immersion. Intensity. Focus.

    The ACA Actor Training Program is fully immersive, and very intense. Our candidates work specifically on their craft, every hour of each working day, without the distractions of undergrad teaching assistantships, work study, part-time jobs, or supernumerary assignments. Our training is for actors hungry to get pushed hard - it's intensive training with a passionate faculty who are interested in nothing but the craft of acting: heightened language, dynamic stakes, and a muscular physical and emotional life centered around the greatest and most powerful plays in the English language.

    Cost Savings.

    Grad school is inherently expensive, and MFA candidates in traditional programs can accrue more than $80,000.00 in debt by the time they graduate. By intensifying the training, our program allows candidates to experience the same hours of instruction one finds in a typical three-year program - but at 1/3 the overall cost. Furthermore, actors in our program don't have to leave the job market for three full years, and can be back working in theatre, film, and television after only one year.

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Our Location

Academy for Classical Acting
2129 G. St. NW
Building L, Rear
Washington, DC

Contact Us

Phone: +1 (202) 994-2819
Email: aca@shakespearetheatre.org

Staffed Hours

Monday to Friday
9:00am to 6:00pm

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