With a unique multidisciplinary and multicultural approach toward performance, we create opportunities that allow students to reach beyond the college campus, extending regionally, nationally, and internationally.
We strive to design and maintain a program giving students opportunities to explore their potential as creative, productive, articulate, and humane contributors to society.
Any academic advisor can advise theatre students. To become a theatre major, advisors must fill out the appropriate forms for major declaration and advising.
Our primary and foremost concern is safety. This means your safety as well as the safety of others. In theatre, “others” not only includes your coworkers but also extends to the staff, audience and the public-at-large. Always err on the side of caution.
Every major production and several minor works or events staged by the Department of Theatre is documented via still photography and, if possible, video. Copies of these images are available free of charge to students and alumni as downloads from the Theatre website. Each production’s program including cast and crew lists, dramaturgy, and notes are also available via the website for free download. Specific imagery or high-resolution photos are available via request to the Media Coordinator. Requests are filled as time allows, first come first serve. Edited videos of productions will be made available for purchase as production calendars allow.
Theatre Majors are required to complete at least one internship during their tenure in the Department of Theatre (THEA 460 Internship in Theatre for 3 credits). Internships provide students with the opportunity to integrate their academic study with community service/action in educational, professional, or amateur organizations.
Students are encouraged to embrace leadership roles in defining needs, and working towards successful, sustainable working relationships with internship partners. Internships serve the educational growth and professional development of each student, helping them toward a marketable advantage in the future job markets.
Fort Lewis College Department of Theatre is actively involved in The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival on both regional and national levels, giving our students opportunities to network and compete on regional and national levels.
Our productions are often entered for competition as Associate or Participating entries to the regional festival every year. Students can be nominated for multiple competitions, awards and acknowledgements including: Meritorious Achievement awards, the Irene Ryan Acting competition, and competitions in dramaturgy, designing, directing, and stage management.
Students also have the opportunity to audition and interview for career positions. To participate on the regional level, students are required to register for the THEA 390 Special Topics Course.
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 a public performance or presentation of that research paper.