College of Visual and Performing Arts
George Mason University
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George Mason University


Our faculty of working professionals believes that practical training and hands-on experience, combined with the breadth and rigor of liberal arts study, offer our graduates the best individualized preparation for a life in the theater.

Major or Minor in Theater?

Go all in. You know that you're an artist at heart, so let us help you foster your passion. Choose a Theater major that will lead to your creative career. Perhaps your artistic side is part of your identity, but you want to major in another field. Choose a minor in Theater to stay connected to creative endeavors while you study across the university. Many theater courses are available to all Mason students.

Mason theater students on stage

Rebecca Kinard and Jeffrey Trent in The Gondoliers, 2017

At Mason School of Theater, we embrace a universal expression of spirit using both historical and contemporary training in the theatrical arts. We provide collaborative opportunities in  live production, new works, and new media, as we prepare our students for a complex and challenging future, regardless of where their training may lead them.

Whether they plan to enter the professional theater, seek teacher certification, or pursue graduate studies, Mason theater students learn to solve problems creatively, think critically, write clearly, and express themselves artistically, as they build a strong work ethic and deep sense of artistic responsibility.

Mason cabaret students on stage

Students from The Mason Cabaret pursue their love of acting and singing.

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