About the Department

The Theatre Department provides academic and laboratory experiences designed to help students explore their artistic potential through the arts and crafts of theatre, and to become well-educated theatre artists, activists and advocates for the arts.

We work to educate students who are well prepared for graduate schools and advanced theatre training programs and for work in the professional theatre. We are also dedicated to empowering individuals who will use the analytical, critical, practical and artistic skills inherent in the theatre discipline to entertain, educate, enlighten and contribute to their communities and the world in insightful and celebratory ways.

The Department acknowledges the fact that the professional and academic job markets for theatre artists and scholars are highly competitive. Students need to be able to compete in that marketplace, including admission into the best graduate programs. They also need the skills and insight necessary to create theatre and utilize their theatre training and skills in communities where cultural activities are rare, and in contexts where theatrical and performance skills, methodologies, and perspectives could enhance ways of perceiving the world and of working and solving problems. The Theatre Department is committed to teaching theatre as a vital academic discipline in a liberal arts context, while maintaining a strong production program that gives students practical artistic experience.

The Theatre Department offers two degree options. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) is intended for students who want to pursue careers in the professional theatre, obtain graduate conservatory training focused on artistic processes, or who simply want to focus their undergraduate course work intensively in theatre.

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) is designed to provide students with a solid grounding in all areas of theatre studies including history, dramatic literature, performance, design, management, and technical theatre. Students who choose the Bachelor of Arts option often combine their work in theatre with work in other disciplines, are interested in graduate education focusing on research and scholarship, or are certifying to teach.

For students who are Work Study eligible as part of their financial aid package, there are numerous jobs in the area of the theatre, such as faculty assistants, box office staff, and backstage crew. Students interested in these positions should inquire through the secretary of the School of Fine Arts.

Recent SU Theatre Productions

THE COUNTRY WIFE by William Wycherley

SEUSSICAL by Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty (Theatre for Young Audiences)

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF by Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick

SUBURBIA by Eric Bosogian

THE HOUSE OF BERNADA ALBA by Frederico Garcia Lorca

DURANG, DURANG by Christopher Durang

COMPANY Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by George Furth

THE TRIAL OF GOLDILOCKS by Joseph Robinette (Theatre for Young Audiences)

THE GLASS MENAGERIE by Tennessee Williams

ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL by William Shakespeare

HAIR Book and Lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and Music by Galt MacDermot