The A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University was established in 1987 as a training ground for professional theater. A two-year, graduate-level program, the Institute was created with an understanding that students can best prepare for a life in the performing arts by immersing themselves in the work of a professional theater, and by studying with faculty who are practicing theater artists.
Over the past three decades, graduates of the Institute have become leaders in the arts. Graduates of the acting program have performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and at theaters around the country, while also appearing in feature films and as series regulars on numerous television shows. Graduates of the dramaturgy program serve as dramaturgs, literary managers, theater critics, and artistic directors in this country and abroad. Graduates of the voice pedagogy program teach at top American universities.
In 1998, the Institute formed a historic partnership with the Moscow Art Theater School. The birthplace of the Stanislavsky System and the artistic home of the playwright Anton Chekhov, the Moscow Art Theater (MXAT) is one of Europe’s leading companies. The partnership with MXAT has given Institute students the opportunity to train with leading Russian actors, directors, choreographers, historians, and critics, and to be immersed in one of Europe’s most vibrant theater capitals.
At this time, the Institute is on hiatus in order to explore new models of training and is currently not accepting students.
Please contact Julia Smeliansky directly at Julia_Smeliansky@harvard.edu with your full name and year of graduation to request Institute transcripts, arrange for employment verification, or for more information. You will receive a response and further instructions in a timely manner.
A.R.T. Institute Alumni
Graduates of the A.R.T. Institute have entered their respective industries with a far-reaching intellectual curiosity, a diligent sense of professionalism, and an extensive set of practical skills. Having garnered experience from their training abroad, their coursework stateside, and their collaboration alongside industry professionals, students have left the Institute prepared for the wide variety of work in today’s American and international theater.