Pursuing a Passion for Theatre
School of Arts & Letters: Department of Theatre
The theatre program at Truman emphasizes practical experience at every level of production. We offer students transformative experiences; students perform, design, direct, choreograph, construct, circuit, paint, sew, write plays, research and teach. Our casts include students from all disciplines, from freshmen to seniors.
Recent Student Research
A New Musical
(Based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft)
By Ann Acklen Brown (Junior) and Carter Datz (Senior)
Faculty Mentors: Assistant Professor David Charles Goyette and Dr. Charles Gran Funded by: An Interdisciplinary Research Community Grant, Summer 2015, Grants-in-Aid of Scholarship and Research
Slamming By Consent
An Original Poetry Slam on Sexual Assault
By Madison Chambers and Friends
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dana Smith
On Broadway With Deaf West:
A Stage Manager’s Perspective of Spring Awakening
Broadway Revival, Deaf West Productions, by Seth Betzler
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dana Smith
Long-Term Career Options
In every area of study and practical training, we demand research, independent analysis,
critical thinking, and a high degree of on-the-spot problem-solving.
- About 35-40% of Truman Theatre graduates work in the professional theatre right out of college.
- About 30% of Truman Theatre graduates from the last ten years are currently in graduate theatre programs.
- About 30% of Truman Theatre graduates enter other professions, such as education, law, marketing, medicine, counseling, electrical maintenance, personnel consulting, publications, and small business management.
- Truman Theatre graduates find that they have more options open to them than most other majors; studies in the Theatre Department are intensively people-oriented and driven by imagination and creativity.
- Truman Theatre graduates have worked and studied at such prestigious institutions as:
- The American Shakespeare Center in Washington, D.C.
- The Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.
- The American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA
- The American Theatre Company in Chicago
- Actors Theatre of Louisville
- Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
- Walt Disney World
- St. Louis Shakespeare Festival
- Colorado Shakespeare Festival
- Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
- Blue Man Group
- The MUNY in St. Louis
- Second City in Chicago
- The Goodman Theatre in Chicago
- The Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago
- James G. Severns Theatre 240-seat state-of-the art courtyard theater with stage and seating that can be easily moved to create thrust or proscenium-style settings
- Black Box Theater
Fully equipped with a lighting grid and booth
- Scene Shop
- Costume Shop
- Acting Lab
- Design Lab
- Dressing Rooms
- Make-up Room
- Green Room
There are several opportunities to work with the faculty outside of the normal classroom or production situations through Work-Study, Scholarship Service or Student Employment.
Openings in the past have included:
- Internships in scenery, costuming, and sound
- House Management
- Office Workers
- Script Librarians
- Technical Internships in Baldwin Auditorium, serving Truman’s outstanding Kohlenberg Lyceum series, and guests such as:
- The Guthrie Theatre
- The American Shakespeare Center
- The Kansas City Philharmonic
- Ballets Africains
- The Golden Dragon Acrobats