Department of Performing Arts

Theatre Education (MA)

Katie Cuca Polishes Her Skills in the Theatre Education Graduate Program

Katie Cuca develops a play as part of the hands-on Theatre Education graduate program. (Filmed and edited by Emerson students.)

The MA in Theatre Education program provides professional training in the uses of theater and drama as vehicles of education. The program also serves as preparation for doctoral work in theater, education, or related fields.

Art of Teaching & The Teaching of Art

Offering two streams of study for students, the Theatre Education program allows you to explore yourself as both an artist and an educator. We help you prepare for a successful career by offering areas of emphasis in Theatre Teacher Education as well as Theatre and Community.

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Distinguished Faculty as Mentors

As you cultivate your own talent, you will be joined by world-renowned Emerson faculty–distinguished directors, producers, writers, actors, performance artists, and educators with national and international experience. You will be given the chance to work hand-in-hand with these professionals; Emerson faculty members serve not only as your teachers, but as your mentors and peers as well.

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Exceptional Facilities

Located in the heart of Boston's Theatre District, Emerson's campus includes:

With the addition of the Paramount Center and its theaters, Emerson now owns more performance spaces than any other institution in Boston.

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Bringing the Stage to the World

Emerson Theatre Education graduates are in demand nationwide. A large majority of our graduates seeking employment as theater educators find positions within months of completing the program, becoming theater teachers in public and private grade schools and high schools, directors and producers of community theater, and coordinators of educational outreach programs. Graduates seeking an MFA or PhD also have a high acceptance rate into further educational study.

Learn about our connections to local schools, community organizations, and theatre companies »

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Meet the Graduate Program Director

Robert Colby, Graduate Program Director for Theatre Education and Associate Professor, specializes in theater education and theater for young audiences, and directing. His productions for young audiences have toured extensively throughout the New England area.
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Amy Czarnowski

Amy Czarnowski '06

Building A Network of Theatre Teachers

Chelsea High School Drama and Dance Teacher and Director Amy Czarnowski '06 calls the community in the Theatre Education graduate program a breath of fresh air. Watch the video »