National Association of Schools of Theatre

The major responsibility of the National Association of Schools of Theatre is the accreditation of education programs in theatre, including the establishment of curricular standards and guidelines for specific degrees and credentials.


The Association also provides counsel and assistance to established and developing institutions and programs. NAST is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the agency responsible for the accreditation of all theatre curricula.


In addition to the accreditation and consultation functions of the Association, NAST publishes books and reports, holds an annual meeting and other forums, and provides information to the general public about educational programs in theatre.

NAST works with other peer associations such as the Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).


NAST participates in the national conversation about educational issues with special emphases on theatre, the arts, and higher education.