Current Students

Student Handbook

The handbook is designed for students of the Department of Theatre Arts. Its purpose is to clarify questions that relate specifically to the policies, regulations, and operating procedures of the Department of Theatre Arts.  For more detailed information concerning a given subject matter area, students should consult the appropriate Area Coordinator.  The handbook is available upon request in the main office.

Departmental Newsletter

Remain current with the latest news and events happening... Fine, fine, fine... ARTS!  These newsletters are sent out electronically once a month.  Add your name to the mailing list by sending an email request to

Resources for Scholarships

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Black Theatre Coalition Announces Paid Fellowship Program for Aspiring Theatre Makers

The application submissions will be accepted June 1, 2021 through July 16, 2021 with 12-month Fellowships in Producing, Writing, Composition, Directing & more.

For more information about the Black Theatre Coalition, visit their website

To Read The Full Announcement Click Here!
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Student Opportunities

The Howard Players »

The oldest student drama organization at Howard University is back again on campus to present another stellar production that is sure to win the respect and admiration of the world! Each year The Howard Players produce several workshops, seminars, and one mainstage production throughout the year. Participating in these productions can enhance your skills and prepare you for larger production auditions and interviews.

Howard University Dance Ensemble »

The Howard University Dance Ensemble is the student performance unit consisting of all majors and minors in the Dance area of concentration. Since the offering of the Howard University Dance Ensemble as a credit course for development on the professional stage, selected students have performed in concerts before sold out crowds that have included audiences giving high quality artistic comments of comparison to the Alvin Ailey second company. This student performance group tours throughout the United States and is dedicated to serving the community through Dance and promoting the mission of the University.

Productions »

The Department holds six mainstage productions each year. Production auditions are open to any Howard University student. All theatre and dance students are encouraged to audition for productions.

Conferences and Training Programs »

Acting - British American Drama Academy (BADA)

The British American Drama Academy (BADA) was founded in 1984 to enable students from around the world to study classical theatre with leading actors and directors of the British stage.BADA runs two semester-long courses, the London Theatre Program and the Shakespeare Program, for which students from American colleges can receive full academic credit, and two one-month summer programs, Midsummer in Oxford and the Midsummer Conservatory Program, which are open to all applicants.  Students on all of BADA's programs are eligble for financial aid. BADA is a not-for-profit organisation.

Dance - International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference (IABD)

Join Dance professionals for this exciting event who represent the broadest gathering of Black Dance professionals in the US and Internationally, including executive directors, artistic directors, company managers, choreographers, artists, presenters, teachers, historians, agents, and so many others.Over four days, participants will engage in invaluable professional and networking opportunities. Workshop and Panel Sessions will provide experiential hands-on learning paired with examples of successful new models that reflect the field’s entrepreneurial spirit and will inspire new thinking for a vibrant future for dance. Performance showcases will also include Dance organizations from around the country and abroad.

Theatre Arts Administration - Theatre Communications Group Conference (TCG)

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, was founded in 1961 with a grant from the Ford Foundation to foster communication among professional, community and university theatres. Today, TCG's constituency has grown from a handful of groundbreaking theatres to nearly 700 member theatres and affiliate organizations and more than 12,000 individuals nationwide. TCG offers its members networking and knowledge-building opportunities through our conferences, events, research and communications; grants approximately $2 million per year to theatre companies and individual artists; advocates on the federal level and serves as the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute, connecting its constituents to the global theatre community.

Theatre Technology - United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)

Most audiences at a performance don’t stop to consider everything it takes to get to that point. The performance is just the tip of the entertainment iceberg. So much creativity and hard work go into scenes, lighting, costumes, sound, make-up, stage managing, and the performance area itself not to mention keeping everyone safe. It is the design, production, and technology professionals in the performing arts and entertainment industry that the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) has served since 1960.

Performance and Touring Opportunities »

Student performances and touring groups provide outreach and entertainment in the community through Theatre and Dance. These groups examine bigger issues affecting the community, entertain and educate in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and throughout the United States.