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The School of Drama’s mission is to produce theater artists who will become the innovators and leaders of an ever- expanding performing arts profession.

The Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama is the oldest conservatory training, and the first degree-granting drama institution, in the United States of America. Founded in 1914, the school combines established practice with innovation, pedagogical and technological advancement across all disciplines.

School of Drama graduates commit to the enrichment of diverse arts practices, champion interdisciplinary collaborations, explore new forms of creative expression, and promote community and diversity.

Key Values of the School of Drama are:

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Experimentation
  • Innovation
  • Community access
  • Diversity
  • Professional development of faculty and staff


The school of drama does the following In support of its mission:

  • The school actively encourages diverse opinions, voices and ethnic backgrounds, and promotes the creative canons of other cultures.
  • The school’s Visiting Artists Program exposes students to a broad cross-section of practicing artists, educators, researchers and theoreticians with the aim of expanding students’ creative imaginations and vocational arts horizons. The school’s Study Abroad Program encourages students to experience other cultures, educational approaches and international communities during their time overseas at a collaborating university.
  • The school’s Performance Program presents practice opportunities for all students to work on classic, contemporary, cross-disciplinary and new work in the dramatic, musical theater, film and television and digital arts arenas. The Performance Program encompasses the annual season of plays including the Subscription Series, the Director Series, and the New Works Series.
  • The collegiate environment at Carnegie Mellon University allows students to study in a setting where creative artists, computer scientists, philosophers, scientists, engineers and business personnel work side by side.

The School of Drama is one of five schools that constitute the Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine Arts.