As a famous breeding ground for future politicians, lawyers, and activists, Georgetown isn’t exactly the most welcoming place for the artistically inclined. You’re far more likely to come across the next Secretary of State than the next Tina Fey.
Creative types shouldn’t feel like they need to slink away to have solitary sob sessions while listening to Fiona Apple, however. Despite the university’s pre-professional bent, there are still a number of activities and organizations for the dreamy thespians, comedians, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, artists, and writers among you. Just don’t be surprised if the phrase “social justice” somehow creeps into a brainstorming session for the next experimental play.
Any discussion about arts on campus has to begin with the theater program, which was recently ranked the second best outside of New York. One of the only universities in the nation with a Theater & Performance Studies major for undergrads, Georgetown has made a name for itself by taking an interdisciplinary approach to teaching drama and taking on an excellent faculty to do so.
Outside of the department, student-run organizations include Mask & Bauble, the country’s oldest running collegiate troupe. Its 161st season was particularly noteworthy, featuring productions beyond the garden variety Shakespeare like the Tony-award-winning Spring Awakening and The History Boys.