School of Theater
Why Study at CalArts?
Emphasis on Independent Vision
The CalArts School of Theater supports and extends the work of emerging theater artists from multiple disciplines. The school cultivates independent artistic and intellectual vision, preparing artists to enter and transform a rapidly evolving field.
A Faculty of Accomplished Working Artists
The school’s faculty features leading professional theater artists in every area of practice. Each member of the faculty is committed to fostering the development of the next generation of theater artists.
Personal Attention, Mentoring
The school’s relatively small size allows for a low student-faculty ratio (8:1), small classes and one-to-one mentoring. Every student works closely with his or her mentor, a faculty member who serves as that student’s artistic advisor.
Exceptional Peer Group
CalArts attracts some of the most talented, daring and motivated young artists and designers at work today—a collection of fresh voices who, as a group, represent one of the most creative student populations in American arts education.
Production is at the heart of learning at CalArts. The school is a vibrant and prolific producing entity, presenting an extensive array of curricular projects, innovative collaborations with noted artists and institutions, and student-organized productions—including the annual New Works Festival.
Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Projects
CalArts encourages cross-pollination in the arts. In addition to collaborations within the School of Theater, students may work with a wide spectrum of artists—writers, musicians, composers, choreographers, filmmakers, video artists, animators, graphic designers and painters—from other CalArts schools.
As active professionals, the members of the faculty are in close contact with a diverse mix of noted practitioners at theater companies and stage, film and television productions—nationally and internationally. As a result, faculty members are in a unique position to connect students with observerships and internships to enhance their educational experience.
As a reflection of CalArts’ longtime commitment to aesthetic and cultural diversity and global understanding in the arts, the School of Theater maintains a series of international exchange programs and affiliations. CalArts companies tour shows at prestigious international venues—including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival each year—and regularly collaborate with colleagues abroad. The school also hosts the annual Arts in the One World conference, an international gathering of artists, schools and institutions.
CalArts Center for New Performance (CNP)
The Institute-wide professional producing arm of CalArts provides a framework for the creation of adventurous new theater, music, dance and interdisciplinary works—projects that challenge and redefine the boundaries of contemporary performance. The CNP links CalArts with the broader professional community, and allows students to work collegially with top artists from around the world. CNP productions are staged at REDCAT and other national and international venues.
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Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT)
REDCAT is CalArts’ downtown Los Angeles center for the presentation of innovative performing, visual and media arts. REDCAT offers special opportunities for select School of Theater students, both as a performance venue for selected productions and as a forum for acquiring professional experience in design, production and management.
In addition to theater productions, REDCAT’s eclectic programming allows all CalArts students to experience a wide range of experimental work by a mix of emerging artists and internationally renowned practitioners.
Community Arts Partnership (CAP)
An award-winning, nationally recognized program, CAP links CalArts with the diverse communities across Los Angeles through free after-school and school-based arts training programs for youth. Many School of Theater students gain valuable teaching and community engagement experience by leading CAP workshops and classes at community art centers, youth organizations and public schools throughout the city.