Summer Pre-College

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 six Summer Pre-College Programs the university offers. To find out more about the Summer Pre-College Programs in Music, Art & Design, Architecture, National High School Game Academey and the Advanced Placement/Early Admission Program, visit the Pre-College Website. For more information specifically on the Music Pre-College Program and to apply, visit here.

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.


Don Wadsworth

Susan Tsu

Maria Stoy

Joe Pino

Catherine Moore

Megan Monaghan Rivas

David Holcomb

Kevin Hines

Valerie Haley

Judith Conte

David Boevers

Wendy Arons

Claudia Benack

Tomé Cousin


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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