At Truman, you can step onstage your first semester. Whether your passion is acting under the lights or tech work behind the scenes, you can learn it all by working side-by-side with professors on mainstage productions. Theatre productions are held in the Severns Theatre, which also serves as a classroom laboratory, and the more intimate Black Box Theatre, which is used for many of the student-produced productions. You can pursue your own ideas through our tradition of student-directed (and often student-written) lab shows and one-act plays. Gain valuable experience performing, building scenery, sewing costumes and managing all the fine details of a theatre production.
An Unusually Thorough Approach
Along with studio and practical courses in acting, design, tech, and directing, you spend three semesters taking courses that trace both the literature and history of western theatre from the ancient Greeks to America’s postmodern avant-garde. You 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 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, who have a broad range of professional and experience from theaters across the country and terminal degrees in their professions. 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, technical theatre and theatre management, Truman theatre graduates have successfully pursued careers in communication, law, marketing, construction, sales, and small-business management.
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. […]
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 […]