The School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University is a member of the consortium of conservatory theatre training programs. Auditions or interview/portfolio reviews are required for students applying to Acting/Music Theater, Design, the John Wells Directing Program, or Production Technology and Management.


Pre-College Admission
Please visit the PreCollege website for information about the summer program and for the most up to date application information:

Virtual Q&A

We invite you to get to know the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama by registering for a Zoom Information Session and Q&A. Q&As are led by current School of Drama student ambassadors. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have about life at CMU School of Drama!


Q&A sessions are for undergraduate interest. For graduate information, please email

Acting & Music Theater

Mondays from 12–1pm EST

Tuesdays from 7–8pm EST

Wednesdays from 5–6pm EST

Directing, Dramaturgy & Design/Production

Mondays from 5–6pm EST


Wednesdays from 5–6pm EST

Fridays from 1:30–2:30pm EST

School of Drama Tours


The School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University offers in-depth tours of the Purnell Center for the Arts for students and their families interested in learning more about the university and school.


Tours are offered Monday through Friday at 12:00 pm.  No weekend tours are available. The tours are by appointment only and are conducted by current School of Drama students under the advisement of School of Drama staff members. Please register by clicking the button below. *Only one ticket registration needed per family.*


Tours typically last 45-60 minutes and they start in the Purnell Center lobby, second level, at the top of the main staircase.

Purnell Center for the Arts

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