Students who want to focus their theatre studies on acting and directing will feel at home in the practical experience that our theatre programs emphasize. While you begin by building a foundation in the basics, the bulk of your program will be completed through a variety of theatrical productions delivered from modern theatrical facilities. You'll be mentored and supported by faculty members who have credentials in theatre as well as in classrooms. As an advanced student, you'll enroll in creative projects courses that allow you to focus on fine-tuning your creativity, acting presence and directing techniques.
- Faculty and students regularly attend and compete in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) and at regional and national United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) conventions.
- Lab sessions and technical and performance courses enable students to incorporate and apply classroom theory to actual theatre production.
- A scenic studio, costume studio and sound production studio aid classroom learning and production work.
- Competitive tuition scholarships awarded on promise, talent and scholastic performance.
- Performing Arts Center includes the 400-seat Center Stage, the Arena Stage and the 300-seat Ruth Gant Recital Hall.
- Script library that contains thousands of play scripts and texts for research and consultation.
- Accreditation through the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).
- Alumni working across the profession and across the country in universities, professional and amateur theatre companies.
University Facts & Stats
- 39 Education Abroad programs offered
- 90+ nations represented on campus
- Commitment to carbon neutrality by 2035
- One of the top producers of U.S. Fulbright Scholars in 2012-2013
- Top 1% of the most affordable universities in Forbes' "America's Top Colleges" ranking
- Stage Performer
- Television/Movie Actor
- Radio Broadcaster
- Director/Stage Director
- Technical/Casting Director
- Costume Designer