Helping theatre and drama professionals improve their craft and achieve their professional goals

Continuing Studies’ noncredit theatre program is the premiere resource for actors, directors, teachers, and theatre-program administrators in the Midwest. We help theatre artists and administrators improve their craft and achieve their professional goals. Our instructors are world-class experts from UW-Madison and across the globe who lead, facilitate, and teach face-to-face workshops, conferences, clinics, and more. Our performance and international study programs annually reach thousands of people with enriching and advancing theatre experiences.

At a glance

What: High-quality theatre instruction and innovative programming for professionals and the public

Who: Taught by leading drama professionals and educators from UW-Madison and across the region

Certification: Programs meet multiple requirements and standards for continuing education

Questions? Contact program coordinator Sarah Marty at or 608-263-2790

Patrick Sutton on YouTube
Patrick Sutton, director of The Gaiety School of Acting—The National Theatre School of Ireland, talks about careers in theatre. Continuing Studies Theatre co-sponsored a UW-Madison Sutton residency in 2012.

Upcoming classes & workshops
Jun 24-28
Developed for middle and high school drama, English, and writing teachers, this workshop features five days of hands-on, practical work in teaching playwriting to young people.
Jul 21-27
A full week of skill building, camaraderie, and performance under the tutelage of UW-Madison theatre faculty, staff, and graduates
Offers an incredible opportunity to Wisconsin playwrights as it focuses on the development of new works through residencies, intensive workshops and public readings.