Theatre Quick Facts
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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.
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
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
- The Olney Theatre in Washington, D.C.
- 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
Recent Student Research
- Is He Dead?
- A new musical adaptation of Mark Twain’s play by Joshua Reinhardt & Shelley Washington
- Assistant Professor David Charles Goyette and Dr. Charles Gran, Faculty Mentors
- Funded by Interdisciplinary Research Community Grant
- Pictorial Anatomy of a Dogfish
- A play written by Jeff Denight
- Read at Chicago’s Three Brothers Theatre
- Assistant Professor David Charles Goyette, Faculty Mentor
- Unearthing Hidden Bridges: The Identification of Noh Theatre with
the Aesthetics of Rasa Zeeshan Reshamwala
- Dr. Dana Smith, Faculty Mentor
- 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
"I enjoy how hands-on the classes are and how I’m learning about a variety of different professions in theatre. It helps me explore my options, and as a designer, it can help me understand how other design aspects work."
– Sydney S., Theatre Major