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School of Drama Handbook

Welcome to the UW School of Drama! And welcome to the School of Drama Student Handbook. This handbook is full of answers, but we have no doubt there’ll always be more questions. Please don’t ever hesitate to ask them. Ask your teachers. Ask the School of Drama staff.  We are here to help you become innovative and brave artists and thinkers, creative leaders.  That leadership begins with the quality and courage of your questioning. We can’t wait to hear what’s on your minds.

Have a great year!

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The School of Drama investigates the art of theatre and performance – its practice, history, meaning – and fosters a spirit of inquiry by providing artists and scholars with tools for critical and inventive thinking and opportunities for practical application. 


The faculty of the School of Drama considers the optimum preparation for the theatre artist to be comprised of a liberal arts undergraduate major in drama and a graduate conservatory education. Therefore, the School's BA program is dedicated to providing a well-rounded major within a liberal arts context. Almost half of this major is devoted to theatre history, theatre literature and criticism; the balance consists of courses in all elements of production. The breadth of required general education courses is viewed as a means to an enriched artistic expressiveness.


The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a protected veteran. This policy applies to all programs and facilities, including, but not limited to, admissions, educational programs, employment, and patient and hospital services. Any discriminatory action can be a cause for disciplinary action. Discrimination is prohibited by:

  • Presidential Executive Order 11246 as amended,
  • Washington State Gubernatorial Executive Orders 89-01 and 93-07,
  • Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,
  • Washington State Law Against Discrimination RCW 49.60,
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972,
  • State of Washington Gender Equity in Higher Education Act of 1989,
  • Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,
  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990,
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 as amended,
  • Age Discrimination Act of 1975,
  • Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1972 as amended,
  • other federal and state statutes, regulations, and
  • University policy.

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action compliance efforts at the University of Washington are coordinated by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA).  You may Contact EOAA for more information.

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. For information or to request disability accommodation contact: • Disability Resources for Students (DRS) (Seattle campus, matriculated students), 448 Schmitz, Box 355839, phone 206.543.8924/V, 206.543.8925/TTY, 206.616.8379 (FAX), or e-mail uwdss@uw.edu

Click here for a PDF of the UW School of Drama Handbook