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
October 3, 2018
Auditions for the Fall Directors’ Showcase will take place at 5 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Black Box Theatre, Ophelia Parrish 2302. Nine new directors will be looking for actors for the showcase, which runs Dec. 6-8 in the Severns Theatre. Actors should prepare 60 seconds of material that shows how they move and talk. […]
August 20, 2018
The Truman State University Department of Theatre will kick off the 2018-2019 year with our faculty show (starring Professors Randy Bame and Dana Smith). Join us as we put on A.R. Gurney’s tender and heart-wrenching play Love Letters, directed by Assistant Professor David Charles Goyette. Tickets are free of charge with general seating and shows […]