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.
For More Information
22 March 2017 | 8:22 pm
The Theatre Department will present the Spring 2017 labshow “The Pillowman,” April 6-8, 2017, in the James G. Severns Theatre. The production will be directed by senior theatre major Eva Trunzo. With echoes of Stoppard, Kafka, and the Brothers Grimm,”The Pillowman” centers on a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is being interrogated about the gruesome […]
18 March 2017 | 8:31 pm
The Department of Music will perform Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera “Hänsel and Gretel” March 23-26 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. Shows will begin at 8 p.m. March 23-25. A special matinee will be offered at 3 p.m. March 26. Tickets are available at the door and are $3 for students, $5 for general admission. “Hänsel […]