Theatrical Production

Creating theatrical productions for an audience is fundamental to our departmental mission and the best education for our students. We produce up to four faculty-directed shows, various senior productions, and multiple class projects each year. In addition to this, we offer summer opportunities as well as guest artist productions.

All our productions require student contributions in scholarly, technical, administrative, and performance aspects. This work is considered an academic endeavor and, like a “laboratory” course, applies the knowledge that students learn in class, garnering course credit.

The Ensemble Experience

The words “collaborative” and “ensemble” often appear in theatre discussions. More than any other discipline, theatre requires people to work together to create something more significant than any individual.

Playwrights, directors, actors, dancers, designers, technicians, choreographers, administrators, and spectators function together to make the theatre art. Our students and professors model such cooperative behavior.

As an ensemble of individuals who share goals and ambitions, we work together to provide the best, most professional educational experiences for all involved.

Senior Seminar

All Theatre majors must take Theatre 496 and 497, Senior Seminar, in their senior year of study. Theatre majors demonstrate the ability to connect analytical research to performance. The requirements include a research paper on an approved topic and public performance or presentation of that research paper.

Advising

Any Professional Academic Advisor may advise theatre students. They must fill out the appropriate forms for both major declaration and advising. To become a theatre major, it is necessary to get approval from the prospective advisor, fill out the Change of Major form, and submit it to the Records Office.