The Theatre Program takes an interdisciplinary approach that includes historical and critical studies as well as studies of texts, culture, and production. Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre have the opportunity to act, direct, design, stage-manage, or learn about technical theatre or marketing as a member of a fully independent theatre organization that plans up to six plays per semester. Study abroad and student exchange programs allow undergraduates to learn more about theatre internationally or at other U.S. universities. Assistantships, scholarships, and awards are available for undergraduates.
The ratio of faculty to undergraduate students is one to four. Our teachers are members of Actors Equity, the Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, United Scenic Artists, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Internationally known guest artists act, direct, design, and teach undergraduates during extended visits to the university.
The Theatre Department is affiliated with three great regional theatres: The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.; the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta; and The Milwaukee Repertory Company. The department has three fully equipped theatres – one an arena theatre, one an intimate proscenium theatre that was recently remodeled, and the third funky black-box theatre that offers room to experiment.
Our theatre alumni have active careers in the visual and performing arts and media. They are also welcome in business because our undergraduates receive a solid liberal arts education.
The undergraduate theatre degree is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre and the University/Resident Theatre Association.
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