It all starts with you

Juilliard Drama is dedicated to training versatile 21st-century theater artists. Our program provides a diversity of experience for undergraduate and graduate students working side by side on projects that span classic texts of Shakespeare and Chekhov to new works. An essential component of the artists’ work within the division lies at the intersection with the distinguished Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program.

Juilliard Drama aims to give students valuable exposure to the professional world by creating a bridge into the profession through our Professional Studio hosted by Signature Theatre. Our distinguished faculty and rigorous professional training program have enabled our alumni to excel as artists, leaders, and global citizens. At its best, theater is a calling, an art, a craft, a political act, and a business. Drama training at Juilliard addresses all of these aspects of acting and playwriting.

ACTING (four-year program)

  • Undergraduate: Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

  • Graduate: Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Full tuition and stipend are provided for the final MFA year 

PLAYWRITING (two-year program)

  • The Artist Diploma in Playwriting is a post graduate, tuition-free program for a few highly gifted emerging playwrights.

  • Room and board are not included, but modest stipends are provided.

For more information about the program and requirements, visit

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At a Glance

Online application available

September 1

Application deadline for Playwriting
Application deadline for Acting

November 15
December 1

Tuition (2016–17)


Room and Board (2016–17)

All first-time college students are required to live on campus
in the first year; some housing may be available in the residence
hall for continuing and/or graduate students.


Students receiving scholarships

85% (approximately)

Minimum training required

Acting: No specific requirements with regard to
training or prior experience necessary

Playwriting: Undergraduate degree preferred;
however, advanced training equivalent
to a bachelor’s degree or exceptional artistic
accomplishment will also be considered

Students admitted per year:
  Acting (both BFA and MFA)

18 total

Life After Juilliard

The work of some of our acting, playwriting, and directing alumni is featured in the following projects in 2016–17:




American Psycho

24: Legacy

Angry Birds

The Color Purple

All the Way


Daphne’s Dive


The Avengers: Age of Ultron

The Father


The Big Short

Fiddler on the Roof

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend


Fun Home


The Choice






Fantastic Four

The Healing

The Flash

Final Girl

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812          

Game of Thrones                                                      

The Intern                                                                  



In the Heart of the Sea


The Good Wife

Learning to Drive



Love the Coopers


House of Cards

Midnight Special


How to Get Away with Murder

Mr. Holmes



My All American


The Interestings

The Night Before



Our Brand is Crisis


Madam Secretary

Ricki and the Flash


Master of None

Star Wars VII—The Force Awakens


Mercy Street

Straight Outta Compton


Mr. Robot

Suicide Squad


The Mysteries of Laura

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2


Orange is the New Black

Triple 9


The Path

We Are Your Friends


Penny Dreadful

X-Men: Apocalypse


Those Who Can't




Show Me a Hero


Survivor's Remorse


The Walking Dead


Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell

“Sometimes when people are riding you, pushing you—not cajoling you, not comforting you, but actually challenging you—these are, in fact, the best people sometimes. These are people who are trying to say, ‘I see what you have. I see your potential. But I also see what stops you from getting through.’”
Kevin Spacey Class of 1981