Theatre Major & Minor

As a theatre major or minor at Truman, you work side-by-side with seasoned professionals, learning by doing — students perform, design, direct, choreograph, construct, circuit, paint, sew, write plays, research and more.

Authentic Experience

Unlike other schools, our freshmen step onstage their very first semester. Whether your passion is acting under the lights or tech work behind the scenes, learn it all by working side-by-side with professors on mainstage productions in our state-of-the-art Severns Theatre and smaller shows in the more intimate Black Box Theatre. Or pursue your own ideas through our tradition of student-directed (and often student-written) lab shows and one-acts. No matter what, you’ll be doing the performing, building the scenery, sewing the costumes and managing all the fine details of each production.

An Unusually Thorough Approach

Along with studio/practical courses in acting, design, tech, and directing, you spend three semesters taking rigorous academic courses tracing both the literature and history of western theatre from the ancient Greeks to America’s current postmodern avant-garde. You will come away with a clear sense of how theatre reflects its time and place, why theatre is central to an understanding of a given culture or period, and the varied functions and effects of theatre on a community.

Small Classes & Individual Attention

Our intimate program ensures you’ll be working one-on-one with full-time professors, and all our professors have a broad range of professional and experience from theaters across the country and terminal degrees in their professions. There are several opportunities to gain work experience ranging from internships in scenery, costuming and sound, to publicity and promotions, to technical internships in Baldwin Auditorium serving Truman’s Kohlenberg Lyceum Series.

Our Graduates Succeed

By graduation, your portfolio will include assessment exams, samples of your best writings for a variety of courses, video records of your acting performances, and sketches and working drafts for costume, stage and lighting designs — everything you need to give you an edge when starting your career.

In addition to the fields of acting and technical theatre, as well as theatre management, Truman theatre graduates have successfully pursued careers in communication, law, marketing, construction, sales, and small-business management.

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Theatre Class Presents One-Act PlaysTheatre Class Presents One-Act Plays

December 5, 2018

The Theatre Department’s play direction class will present the work of nine new directors in one-act plays at 8 p.m. Dec. 6-8 in the Ophelia Parrish Hall James G. Severns Theatre. Taught by assistant professor David Charles Goyette, the class directs plays from some of the best playwrights from around the country as a final assignment. […]

Theatre Department Presents “The Spitfire Grill”Theatre Department Presents “The Spitfire Grill”

November 5, 2018

The Theatre Department will perform the musical “The Spitfire Grill” at 8 p.m. Nov. 7-10 in the James G. Severns Theatre in Ophelia Parrish. “The Spitfire Grill” combines warm and satisfying music with a touching and exhilarating story. It follows the story of Percy Talbot after she has just been released from prison after serving […]

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