Students who choose a theatre major learn theatre from top to bottom and develop an understanding of the collaboration inherent in successful theatre production. You'll be encouraged to design your own approach to theatre by building a strong liberal arts background. Alongside that you'll be encouraged to participate in a variety of aspects of the school's theatre productions – acting, directing, design, costumes, lighting and promotion. You'll be mentored and supported by faculty members who have credentials in theatre as well as in classrooms.
- Faculty and students regularly attend and compete at regional and national United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) conventions and the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (ACTF).
- 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.
- Active student group Dramatic Action assists during auditions, performances and festivals; organizes trips, fundraisers and workshops; host high school visits and puts together the annual awards banquet.
- Majors can choose to specialize in:
- Acting and directing
- Design and technology
- History and criticism
- Performing Arts Center includes the 400-seat Center Stage, the Arena Stage and the 300-seat Ruth Gant Recital Hall.
- Script library 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, film and television.
University Facts & Stats
- 1,100+ international students
- $106 million in scholarships loans and grants
- Tobacco-free campus since 2012
- 2012 Diversity and Equity Award winner
- 1 of 17 schools in the Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies Consortium, Oxford, England
- Stage/Technical/Casting Director
- Set/Property Designer
- Theater Management