The Department of Communication and Theatre Arts houses degree programs in Communication and Theatre. These programs combine theory and practice to prepare students for professional adaptability in a range of careers as well as advanced studies in both the practice and scholarship of theatre and communication arts. In the theatre program students practice their craft on our stages while creating and designing backstage. In the communication program students can pursue concentrations in relational communication, corporate communication, strategic communication, argument and speech, or activism and advocacy. They may also practice those skills in the Truman Media Network, including press, audio, and video platforms.

Academic Programs

Multidimensional Learning Environment

Theatre production

Theatrical Productions

Our theatre program emphasizes practical experience at every level of production. Students perform, design, direct, choreograph, construct, circuit, paint, sew, write plays, research, and teach.

KTRM Studio

Student Media

Taking part in student media gives you practical experience and helps with connecting class concepts. Write stories and columns for The Index newspaper, host talk shows at the KTRM radio station, and produce broadcasts at the TV station.

Theatre Rehearsal

Opportunities for All Students

All students, regardless of major or year, may take part in theatre and media at Truman State.


Student Organizations

Students in the Communication and Theatre programs, may take part in multiple student groups at Truman to fit your personal and professional interests. From national honor societies to educational and promotional clubs, you can find your place in on-campus communication and theatre organizations.


Scholarships and Jobs

Communication students can apply for financial aid through scholarships or student employment opportunities.

Theatre students can apply for scholarships for first-year students, as well as major-specific scholarships made available through the Truman State University Foundation. Students can also pursue positions within the theatre production staff ranging from scenery, costuming, and sound, to publicity and promotions, to technical internships.

Barnett Hall Atrium

Communication & Theatre Facilities

Barnett Hall is home to Truman’s Communication facilities. Discover resources for real-life experiences including radio and television studios, Multimedia News Center, and the Student Media Center. The Theatre Program's facilities in Ophelia Parrish feature the 240-seat Severens Theater and the Black Box Theater that seats 100 in a variety of configurations. Students learn theatrical crafts in our scenic studio, costume studio, acting lab, design lab, dressing rooms, make-up room, and green room

Truman Theatre in Action

Watch the process of putting "She Kills Monsters" on the stage.


The Theatre Program's facilities feature a 240-seat courtyard theater with stage and seating that can be moved to create thrust or proscenium-style settings. Other spaces include a Black Box Theater, scene shop, costume shop, acting lab, design lab, dressing rooms, make-up room, and green room.
Theatre Facilities

Upcoming Events

Recent Events

The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

Music and lyrics by Rob Rokicki and book by Joe Tracz
Directed by Truman Senior, Jack Danter

Actors on stage
Twelve Angry Jurors

Twelve Angry Jurors

By Reginald Rose
Directed by Jonathan Wehmeyer

Two actors on a stage
The Mousetrap

The Mousetrap

By Agatha Christie
Directed by Randall Bame

Two actors on a stage