About the Theatre Department

School of Arts and Letters: Theatre Department

Theatre Department Mission Statement 

We believe our theatre program is the ultimate liberal arts/active learning experience. Theatre embraces every major system of thought and humanist concern, both as theory and in practice.

An actor not only studies the great ideas, he or she must inhabit them. A director or designer cannot merely be familiar with facts of history or cultural forces, he or she must recreate them.

Though we do not lack the resources or ambition, our program does not offer a conservatory or undergraduate professional training experience.

Our faculty strongly believes that theatre is best engaged as a whole and living art, immediate and vital to the spirit of liberal arts education and the realities of a fluid, changeable world.

The key to our program’s vitality and success is surely flexibility. Our students are not specialists; they are not encouraged to stake their futures on a single talent or skill. They are prepared for life and careers of changing conditions and challenges.

Our students are characteristically independent both in mind and in their work; they know how to maintain self-discipline and focus even as circumstances alter or the best plans fail.

This program emphasizes generalist study and collaboration as it cultivates each individual’s talents, temperaments and potential.

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Senior Theatre Majors Direct One-Act PlaysSenior Theatre Majors Direct One-Act Plays

December 7, 2017

For the Fall Directors’ Showcase Dec. 7-9,  theatre majors are directing one-act plays as part of the Play Direction class. On each night of the showcase in the James G. Severns Theater, the directing class will present a different set of one-act plays written by some of the best playwrights from around the country. These […]

Mainstage Season Features “Falsettos”Mainstage Season Features “Falsettos”

November 8, 2017

As part of the 2017-18 mainstage season, the Truman Theatre Department presented “Falsettos” Nov. 8-11. “Falsettos” is the hilarious and touching story of Marvin, a New York yuppie who leaves his wife, Trina, for another man. Trina marries her psychiatrist while everyone struggles to understand Marvin’s and Trina’s unusual son Jason. Despite the unorthodox situation, […]

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