The Department of Theatre offers an academic program of recognized excellence which develops students as practicing theatre artists and engaged audience members.
About The Program
Course offerings in theatre, along with the department’s co-curricular production program, are designed to provide the liberal arts student with knowledge of and experience in an art form which has played an important role in our cultural history as well as in contemporary society. Performance or laboratory experience makes possible an appreciation of the art which can be derived only from direct participation. The practical experience of working together in a disciplined collaborative art facilitates one’s understanding of oneself and of other people.
The primary objectives of the theatre production program are to:
- Provide significant and challenging artistic experiences for our students
- Engage the student body as a whole by producing performances of historical, contemporary, literary and/or theatrical merit
- Augment the community’s cultural life through the presentation of plays of social and theatrical value.
Theatre students currently
- Participate in the mainstage production program as actors, designers, stage managers,dramaturgs, publicists and technicians
- Mount student-directed and -produced work on a regular basis
- Participate in the New York Arts Semester Program; The Philadelphia Center, an urban semester program sponsored by the GLCA; or the Chicago Semester program
- Work with established professionals in theatre through guest artist residencies and through involvement with the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre
Graduates of the Department of Theatre have been involved in pursuing such careers as:
- Acting, directing, designing, stage management and arts administration
- University teaching
- Serving as members of professional repertory companies
- Internships at regional professional theatres such as the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Steppenwolf Theatre, The New Group, the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Trinity Repertory Theatre and the Wooster Group.
- Graduate study at such schools as the Florida State University Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University, the University of Illinois, Northwestern University and Southern Methodist University
A major in theatre generally serves one of the following purposes:
- More intensive study in this particular discipline as the emphasis within the student’s liberal arts education.
- Preparation for graduate work leading to an M.A., M.F.A., Ph.D., or D.F.A. degree in theatre.
- Preparation for work in a non-commercial field of theatre such as community theatre.
- Preparation for advanced training leading to a career in the professional theatre.
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