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.
For More Information
September 21, 2017
The first production by the Department of Theatre for the 2017-18 season will be “Good Kids” by Naomi Iizuka. The show opens Sept. 27 and runs through Sept. 30 at the James G. Severns Theatre in Ophelia Parrish. Shows begin at 8 p.m. each night, and tickets can be purchased for $5 each at the […]
August 25, 2017
The Theatre Department at Truman is gearing up for a number of productions throughout the 2017-2018 academic year. Check out this preview of upcoming performances: Good Kids By Naomi Iizuka September 27-30, 2017 8pm, Severns Theatre Directed by Dana Smith Stop Kiss By Diana Son October 26-28, 2017 8pm, Black Box Theatre Directed by Nick […]