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Our theatre program lets you learn by doing to prepare you for positions within and outside of the industry — including acting, directing, sound, lighting, makeup, costuming and more.


Our program investigates our complex culture from perspectives that include history, political institutions, literature and art. With guidance from your faculty adviser, you can tailor the program to your interests.

Launch your career

Opportunities

A main-stage theatre season provides many opportunities for casts and crews. Excel, and you may participate in the annual student honors production — a show directed and designed by students. Join the Blackfriars student theatre organization. You may even be asked to formally assist faculty directors and designers on production assignments. Explore the internship, co-op and international study opportunities actively supported by the department; performers have traveled to present at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and learned more about physical theatre in Russia. A large, active alumni network offers contacts in regional theatre, in Los Angeles, on Broadway and in TV and film.

Outcomes

Opportunities include

  • Performance (television, regional theatre, Broadway, off-Broadway, film)
  • Design (scene, lighting, costume, make-up, sound)
  • All aspects of technical theatre
  • Stage management
  • Casting
  • Public relations
  • Arts management
  • Special events management

Graduate studies may include

  • Theatre
  • Arts management
  • Communication

Facilities

Outstanding facilities and equipment include a 500-seat proscenium theatre with state-of-the-art capabilities, a flexible 120-seat black-box theatre, well-equipped shops, extensive computer applications and continually upgraded technical systems.

“You never get closer to someone than when you are in a production together. Theatre really brings people together, and you open yourself up, you’re vulnerable. ... It’s really strengthening how I will relate to a director. The cast is really wonderful because they ask me tons of challenging questions. It’s been nice to see it from the other side.”

— Alyssa Otoski ’15