Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA) is a comprehensive university of performing arts founded in 1945, with the focus on theatre training and studies. Co-sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of China and the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, STA is one of the best art institutions of higher education in China. After over 70 years of development, STA has grown from a single discipline school into an outstanding comprehensive university of performing arts in China.
There are four STA campuses located on Huashan Road, Lianhua Road, Hongqiao Road and Changlin Road, respectively. There are departments on Acting, Directing, Dramatic Literature, and Stage Design, and colleges of Chinese Opera, Dance, Film and Television, and Creative Studies. Besides, there are two key national professional pre-college schools affiliated to STA: the Chinese Opera School and the Dance School. There are also College of Continuing Education, the Training Center, and an affiliated High School of Arts.
The Academy provides 12 undergraduate majors of Acting, Directing, Theatre/TV/Film Design, Art Design, Playwriting and Screenwriting, Broadcasting and TV Hosting, TV & Film Programming and Directing, Choreography, Public Administration, Arts Education, Media Creativity, and Composition and Theories, covering 37 specialties. STA offers master’s degrees in Theatre Studies, Broadcasting and TV Studies, Arts Studies, Dance Studies, Cinema Studies, and Fine Arts Studies. STA also hosts doctorate degree program on Theatre Studies and Art Theories, and one post-doctoral research center. Currently STA has about 2000 undergraduate students, 500 master and PhD students, and 1000 students in the two professional pre-college schools. On the campus there are tow professional theatres – the Academy Theatre and the Duanjun Theatre – for all kinds of educational practices and formal performances. The New Space and the two Black Box studios are used for the free experimental performances of modern drama. In addition, there are also two performing studios for comprehensive rehearsing, and two studios for the educational practices of film and TV, which can satisfy all kinds of needs for education, research and students’ performance.