Summer Pre-College

Due to the ongoing considerations related to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are preparing plans should we be required to alter the delivery of our programs.

The Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama Pre-College Program introduces high school students to the intensity of a top-ranked undergraduate conservatory program.

The program helps students prepare for the college audition and interview process and illustrates the kind of creativity and discipline required for BFA Drama curriculums.

The six-week program enrolls more than one hundred students in the areas of Acting, Music Theater, Design and Production.Students are encouraged to live on campus so they are able to participate in the CMU community activities, interact with facility and staff and network with peers.


Pre-College students are involved in a wide variety of classroom projects, lecture and demonstrations, and master classes. The daily schedule mirrors the School of Drama’s rigorous curriculum. At the conclusion of the program each performance student presents an audition to the faculty. The Design and Production students participate in a design portfolio presentation and interview with faculty. All students receive evaluations of their work in each course at the conclusion of the program.

Previous Pre-College students have been accepted into the leading conservatory and liberal arts colleges throughout the country.

CMU's Summer Drama Program is just one of ten Summer Pre-College Programs the university offers. To find out more about the Summer Pre-College Programs visit the Pre-College Website.

Classes are held between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, with a daily lunch break. Optional courses and workshops may take place in the evenings or on weekends.

The School of Drama’s Pre-College Program welcomes students of varying training and skill levels. However, it should not be regarded as summer camp, but rather a focused program for students interested in a career in theatre. Students should arrive on campus prepared to participate in an intense, challenging, college-level experience that is modeled on the School of Drama’s BFA curriculum. The average studio class size is 10-12 students.


Wendy Arons

Claudia Benack

David Boevers

Judith Conte

Tomé Cousin

Sarah Everhart

Michael Fuller

Valerie Haley

Kevin Hines

Randy Kovitz

Gary Logan

Tony McKay

Deana Muro

Denise Pullen

Joe Pino

Mary Rawson

Megan Monaghan Rivas

Tina Shackleford

Andrew Smith

Cary Spear

Ausar Stewart

Maria Stoy

Richard Teaster

Susan Tsu

Michelle Van Doeren

Lisa Velten Smith

Don Wadsworth

Jill Wadsworth

Beth Zamborsky


Apply for the Pre-College Program here.


Don Wadsworth, Director, Drama Pre-College
412-268-7820 /

Maria Stoy, Associate Director, Drama Pre-College
412-268-3284 /

Valerie Haley, Drama Pre-College Administrator

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