The Department of Theatre Arts is focused on the development of students as artist/scholars and aware and responsible human beings. Our students are taught and mentored by a dedicated faculty and staff of professional theatre artists from all disciplines of theatre offering skills, knowledge, and the means to apply them successfully in pursuit of producing art and establishing a career.
Classes are taught in an excellent facility housing four theatres, several large performance and rehearsal spaces, technical labs, and studio and lecture classrooms.
The undergraduate program offers an intentional balance of study that provides the broader liberal arts perspectives of theatre with the specifics of professional training. Three programs of study are available – Acting, Design and Production, and Theatre Studies.
Professional training includes acting, voice, movement, and scene study; playwriting, dramaturgy and directing; lighting, sound, scenic and costume design, and technical direction.
The department’s Master of Fine Arts is dedicated to creating a fluid, alternative environment for the training of the total theatre maker. The program is designed as an experimental, self-directed process that will challenge, expand and develop each participant's artistic vision. The program is for artists who cannot be content working in a single discipline or in the traditional conservatory model.
Together the programs provide students with a unique experience not available in any other theatre program.
Measure us in success. The top skills in the most recent “Fortune 500 list of desirable skills" also happen to be the core of our theatre training – teamwork, problem solving, interpersonal skills, oral communications, listening skills, and creative thinking.
Graduates of our programs have gone on to win Tony and Helen Hayes awards, act and direct in theatre film and television, form their own companies, manage and direct in theatres across the country, assist world renowned directors, hold executive positions in theatrical agencies, teach at universities, and/or K-12, pursue advanced studies at excellent universities, and to succeed as creative adults.
Contact us to learn more about the department, our tracks of study and programs. We encourage prospective students to visit the department and join us for a day of classes.