The faculty are focused on mentoring students in the collaboration, communication, and craft/design skills necessary for success in the theatrical profession. Students learn to communicate competently, retrieve information, think critically, analyze and solve problems, as well as see issues from multiple perspectives in the service of changing the world through storytelling.

The program offers the Associate of Arts in Theatre degree with courses for students interested in several career paths: Musical Theatre, Technical Theatre, Theatre Education or Theatre Studies (acting, playwrighting, etc.). Students in all paths learn foundational principles, develop skills through hands-on learning in practicums, rehearsals and performances, and perfect practices appropriate to their chosen field, whether onstage, behind-the-scenes, or in the classroom.

The performance spaces include a 521-seat proscenium theatre which can be converted into 144-seat black-box configuration, as well as an outdoor enclosed courtyard and open-air amphitheater. Production spaces include a large scene shop for set construction, a large costume shop for costume construction, a crafts room for props construction, as well as considerable storage facilities for sets, props, costumes, lighting and other theatrical equipment.

The department has a long-standing tradition of presenting a season of professional, quality musical and non-musical productions. Our 2020-2021 season offers the award-winning play "DANCING AT LUGHNASA" by Brian Friel, the energetic and emotional musical "FOOTLOOSE", the Tony Award-winning "ONCE ON THIS ISLAND" inspired by Hans Christian Anderson's 'The Little Mermaid' and the book 'My Love, My Love' by Rosa Guy, and concludes with Shakespeare's timeless and yet timely "ROMEO AND JULIET". In summer 2021, students and staff will be presenting an original work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. 

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