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 Musical Theatre degree and the Associate of Arts in Technical Theatre. Students interested in pursuing other paths may want to declare the Associate of Arts in Multi-disciplinary Studies with three focus areas incorporating fields outside theatre (for example: dance, English, history, Spanish, 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 (October 2020); the delightful Gilbert and Sullivan operetta "THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE" (November 2020); Jason Robert Brown's musical song-cycle "SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD" (March 2021); and Shakespeare's timeless and yet timely "ROMEO AND JULIET" (April 2021). (All events subject to change, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
COVID19 Theatre Revisions
The following rules/revisions have been implemented in Western’s Theater in order to ensure the utmost safety for our patrons and students during performances.
- Audience members are required to wear a masks
- Maximum seating capacity of 130.
- Ushers will seat all audience members in order to ensure a minimum of 6 feet socially
distancing between groups.
- All members of a group should be from the same household.
- No more than 6 people in a group.
- Hand sanitizer stations will be available in multiple locations in the lobby.
- Audience members will enter through the Lobby and exit through side exits of the theater.
- Theater will be cleaned and sanitized between each performance.
- Congregating in or outside of the theatre glass doors is not permitted.
- Tickets are available ONLY online or by calling the Box Office
- Box Office: 9am-4pm, Monday - Friday
- Tickets will be sent to an email address which can be printed at home, or presented on your phone the night of the performance.
- No paper tickets will be issued by the Box Office.
- Tickets will not be held at will call.
- Box Office will be online purchase only the night of the show.