Theatre Quick Facts

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School of Arts & Letters: Department of Theatre

Theatre Quick Facts
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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

  • The Door
    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

Facilities

  • 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

Work Experience

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
  • Publicity/Promotions
  • 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