Museum theatre practitioners come from diverse backgrounds and receive training in a large variety of disciplines. Some have studied and worked in theater, education (formal, museum or environmental), a content specialty such as science or history, museum studies, and from many different combinations of academics and experience.


IMTAL is not currently aware of any college/university that grants a degree in museum theatre. (If you know of one, please tell us!) If you are looking for a higher education program to prepare you to work in museum theatre, different programs will meet your needs depending on what you are looking for and ultimately what you want to do.



The following are links to lists of higher education programs compiled by other organizations:


Museum Studies

          List of graduate museum studies programs from the Association of College and University Museums and Galleries



The following are educational institutions and programs that other IMTAL members have used to prepare or further themselves in the field of museum theatre. IMTAL does not endorse any specific institution or program of formal higher education.


Colleges/Universities (Undergraduate)

          Northwestern University Department of Theatre, Evanston, IL


Colleges/Universities (Graduate)


          The Catholic University of America, M.A. Program in Theatre Education,

               Washington, DC

          The City University of New York (CUNY) Applied Theatre Program,

               New York, NY

          The George Washington University Museum Studies Department,

               Washington, DC
          The George Washington University Museum Education Program,

               Washington, DC

          The University of Texas, Austin, Department of Drama and Theatre for

               Youth, Austin, TX


Professional Development Opportunities:

          Upcoming IMTAL Conferences

          American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Annual Meeting

          American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Professional Development

          American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) Annual Conference

          Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Professional Training

          Theatre in Museums Workshop with Tessa Bridal, Indianapolis, IN



IMTAL members: to list educational opportunities here, please contact the IMTAL Secretary.

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