Jennifer Knapp, Interim Chair
29 Hewitt Union
Directory of Professors
The Theatre Department is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre. The program offers a major leading to a BA in Theatre with concentrations in Acting/Directing, Design/Technical Theatre, History/Dramaturgy/Criticism and Music Theatre. Minors in dance, live event design and theatre, are also options. The program includes introductory, intermediate and highly specialized advanced course work in all areas.
The Theatre Department is committed to cultural and artistic diversity in its broadest sense. We foster innovative thinking, dynamic collaboration, and both scholarly and artistic achievement through a varied and balanced study of history, theory, and application within the local, national, and global community.
Academic and Performance Programs:
Our program provides students with the knowledge and skills to prepare for a career in the theatre and its related fields through a combination of academic and production experiences. The Department offers students training in the foundations of the history, theory and craft of theatre and promotes interdisciplinary and innovative connections while holding itself to high artistic standards of production in the context of a Liberal Arts education.
The Theatre Department produces at least three major productions during the academic year staged in Waterman Theatre (a 420-seat proscenium theatre) and a flexible lab theatre space. Programming features the classics, contemporary drama and musicals as well as numerous smaller scale activities such as student theatre, workshop productions, collaborations with the Music Department, readings of original plays and workshops with visiting artists. The department supports productions presented by ARTSwego, a campus-based performing arts series. The department also participates regularly in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Internships and study abroad opportunities are available and encouraged.
The department has a high rate of success in graduates who have started and maintained careers in “the business” and/or entered graduate school.
The department maintains a large, active, and helpful alumni network that ranges from regional theatre to Broadway and includes TV and film.
The Theatre Department cosponsors the following interdisciplinary minors:
The Departments of Art, Music, Theatre, and Curriculum and Instruction cosponsor this concentration area: