It has been the credo of the department since its inception
that nothing teaches theatre like the making of theatre. We are a producing
theatre department and, in some respects, have become a model for other
The theatre department produces at least
four shows a year that are fully produced mainstage productions. We aim for
professionalism in all aspects of these productions and give them as full a
treatment as is possible. It is the firm philosophy of the Theatre Program that
participation in these productions is one of the principle ways in which our
students come to fully appreciate, and learn, the demands, rigors, and ethics of
the professional theatre.
recent years, the department has begun to experiment with studio or non-decor
productions. We see this as an exciting opportunity, for second year students in
particular, to be given more challenging responsibilities spread more equitably
across a growing student body.
It is important to remember that first- year students are
not required to participate in any productions, at any level. While volunteers
are occasionally sought for various positions, first-year theatre students can
only do so with permission of faculty.
Second-year students are required to commit up to the
equivalent of 12 hours a week in rehearsal; third-year students 16 hours;
fourth-year students 20 hours.