USC School of Dramatic Arts

(formerly known as the School of Theatre)

The USC School of Dramatic Arts took a page from the Western canon with a 2011-2012 season of literary adaptations of works by Jane Austen, Ivan Turgenev, George Bernard Shaw and James Joyce. From left, BFA students Keelin Woodell and Bryce McBratnie play aristocrats behaving badly in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, an adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos’ 18th century novel of revenge.

One of the premier dramatic arts schools in the United States, the USC School of Dramatic Arts provides the necessary education and training for graduates to excel in the professional arts and related fields, providing an ideal foundation to a liberal education that prepares students for a wide range of career interests. The school promotes and supports innovative and flexible ways to achieve students’ educational and professional goals.

The dramatic arts are both a collaborative endeavor and a universal means of communication. The school educates students in the history of theatre, while preparing them to add to that history, to use their talents, skill and imagination to explore the limitless possibilities the dramatic arts offer.

The USC School of Dramatic Arts is significantly enhanced by its location in Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world. Theatre professionals frequently teach seminars, mentor students and participate in School of Dramatic Arts productions.

Graduates of the school work professionally in all aspects of theatre, film and television. The school’s performance and design faculty are dynamic teachers who also regularly work in the theatre and entertainment industry.

The breadth of learning opportunities offered at the school prepares students for the spectrum of careers in the professional theatre, including performance, production, design, sound design, management and teaching. The School of Dramatic Arts also strives to instill confidence, integrity, excellence and artistic sensitivity into each of its students — traits that are essential to success in any field.

Drama Center 104
(213) 740-1286
FAX: (213) 740-8888


Madeline Puzo, Dean

David Bridel, Associate Dean

Sharon M. Carnicke, Ph.D., Associate Dean

Velina Hasu Houston, Ph.D., Associate Dean

Jack R. Rowe, Associate Dean


Professors: Sharon M. Carnicke, Ph.D.; Velina Hasu Houston, Ph.D.

Associate Professors: Margo Apostolos, Ph.D.; Meiling Cheng, DFA; Don Llewellyn, Jr., MFA; Oliver Mayer, MFA

Assistant Professors: Luis Alfaro; Angus Fletcher, Ph.D.; Christina Haatainen-Jones; Takeshi Kata; Tom Ontiveros, MFA; Sibyl Wickersheimer, MFA

Professors of Theatre Practice: Andrei Belgrader; Natsuko Ohama; Andrew J. Robinson

Associate Professors of Theatre Practice: Paul Backer, Ph.D.; Brent Blair, M.A.; David Bridel; Elsbeth M. Collins; Joseph Hacker, MFA; Duncan Mahoney; Mary-Joan Negro; Jack R. Rowe; Stephanie Shroyer, MFA; Eric Trules

Assistant Professors of Theatre Practice: Philip G. Allen; Anita Dashiell-Sparks, MFA; David Warshofsky

Adjunct Faculty: Tony Abatemarco; Joe Anthony; Robert Bailey; Corbett Barklie; Joe Bays; Anne Burk; Frank Catalano; Stacie Chaiken; Julian S. Cha; Paula Cizmar; Anastasia Coon, MFA; Debra DeLiso; Kathleen S. Dunn; Frank Dwyer; Kiyomi Emi; Dan Fishbach; Laura Flanagan; Jeff Flowers; Jay Fuentes; Miranda Garrison; Julianne Gayle, M.A.; Terry Gordon; Alexander Greschenko; William Gunn; Elizabeth Hogan; Paula Holt; Michael Keenan; Edgar Landa; Joey Letteri; Vicki Lewis; Victoria Looseleaf; Helene Lorenz; Heather Lyle, M.M.; Marjo Riikka Makela, MFA; Babette Markus; Kevin McCorkle; Laura Meade; Randy Mell; Angeliki Papadakis, J.D.; Jacqueline Pavlich; Leah Piehl; Ron Popenhagen, Ph.D.; Bradley Rapier; John Rubinstein; Doug Tompos; Matt Walker; Julie Welch; Kenji Yamaguchi

Emeritus Professors: Eve Roberts, MFA; Robert R. Scales, Ph.D.; James Wilson, MFA