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People and Programs


The Department of Theater offers a broad-based training program that emphasizes collaboration and mentoring. Broad-based training teaches students a shared vocabulary and instills a mutual respect, better enabling them to collaborate and to create exciting theater. Our commitment to mentoring fosters many productive relationships between students and faculty, between graduates and undergrads, and between those at the university and artists from the community and beyond.

The Undergraduate Program

On the undergraduate level, the Department offers a B.A. in Theater. Students pursue a multi-faceted course of study divided into 1) dramaturgy 2) performance (acting and directing), and 3) design and production. Students take courses in all these areas within a flexible program that allows them to take additional classes in areas of individual interest. Currently, the Department counts about 200 majors. No audition is required for the major.

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The Graduate Program

On the graduate level, the Department offers the M.F.A. in Directing, Dramaturgy, Costume Design, Lighting Design, or Scenic Design. The program values personal mentorship, with the production season serving as a teaching laboratory. Students are able to tailor their programs of study to individual interests as a complement to the rigorous core curriculum that teaches them the skills to collaborate successfully. Most graduate students receive full tuition-waivers and assistantships during their three years.

Our next admission deadline is January 15, 2015, for the class to enter Fall of 2015.

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Department Gallery and Archives

Theater students learn in the classroom and in the theater. The Department has two major performance venues: The Rand (a 560-seat proscenium space) and The Curtain (which seats about 90). These theaters, along with our classrooms and studios, bustle throughout the year. We produce 4-6 fully mounted “main stage” shows annually, plus a number of special presentations and co-productions. Additionally, we host dozens of more informal lab offerings as part of our Cabaret 204 series, along with many other classroom- or student-generated projects.

View images of recent and past productions and special events

Meet the Faculty and Staff

Students on both levels work with faculty and staff who are active in their field, producing work nationally and internationally and offering students the benefit of their experience and industry contacts.

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A student in Milan Dragicevich's Suzuki movement class.( photo by John Solem)

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