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

Theatre Festival Showcases Collaboration

May 8, 2017

The Department of Theatre will present the 10-Minute Play Festival at 7 p.m. May 9 in Severns Theatre. Nine students in David Charles Goyette’s upper-level playwriting course were assigned to draft, critique and revise a 10-minute play, knowing at the end of the semester the play would be performed. The finalized scripts were handed off […]

Theatre Class Presents One-Act Plays

May 1, 2017

The Theatre Department’s play direction class will present the work of nine new directors in one act plays at 8 p.m. May 3-5 in the Ophelia Parrish Severns Theatre. The class, taught by assistant professor David Charles Goyette, directs plays from some of the best playwrights from around the country as a final assignment. The […]