The skills our students learn prepare them for career in theater, but they are also valuable in a wide variety of other fields.

Our excellent faculty marry the theoretical with the practical, guiding students to discover theatrical skills as well as life skills that serve them in the world of theater and beyond. 

The spirit of mentorship permeates our department, and we tailor our teaching and advising to the specific needs and strengths of our students. We build teams in everything we do, teaching students the art of collaboration, working in groups, and tackling projects from start to finish, whether that's in the classroom, our mainstage season, or independent productions.

As a large public university, we remain committed to accessibility and opportunities for all students.

Our graduates inspire us as the next generation of thinking artists, creative problem solvers, and enterprising citizens.

A professor and student team up to help actors find their voices

Meet undergrad Lindsay Forauer and Professor Elisa Gonzales, a team of dialect coaches who exemplify the type of mentee/mentor relationship at which we excel.

collage of the Hatmaker's Wife poster as well as cast photos with Lindsay Forauer and Elisa Gonzales

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement and updates

In 2020, the Department of Theater began actively tracking its work to become Anti-Racist and to incorporate greater Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into its practices. That work has happened both under the auspices of an Anti-Racism Committee as well as through the work of other committees and initiatives in the department. The Department of Theater also acknowledges the work done by individual faculty and staff members preceding the 2020-2021 school year (a summary is included in the initial "roadmap" posted in 2021).

This work is detailed in the sections below as a way to take accountability for our progress.


Number of academic programs: Under graduate major, undergraduate minor, Multicultural Theater Certificate, and the Master of Fine Arts graduate degree
Full time faculty members
Staff members, many of whom mentor students in practicing technical theater and production management skills