Majors & Minors


Grounded in theatre history and criticism, dramatic literature, performance studies and theatre’s arts and crafts, Southwestern Theatre students receive education and training in the intellectual, artistic, and cultural dimensions of live theatrical performance.


Desiderio Roybal

Professor of Theatre and Chair



Desiderio Roybal

Professor of Theatre and Chair

The Theatre Department provides academic, production and laboratory experiences designed to help students develop their artistic potential and to become well-rounded theatre artists. 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 Theatre Department offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) The degree 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 department head of the desired area.


Featured Alumni Stories

Primetime Emmy Award

Southwestern Alumnus Nominated for a 2018 Primetime Emmy

Andrew Mendelson, SU ’96, scores another Emmy nod, this time for his work on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

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Hailee Williams '17 poses on the SNL set

Saturday Night Live Internship Leads to Position as Production Assistant for Southwestern Alum

Hailee Williams, SU ’17, describes New York Arts Program internship as an “amazing experience.”

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Carlie L. Sulpizio ’13, Distinguished Young Alumna

Carlie Sulpizio’s energy and enthusiasm is contagious. Her interest in the world and its people knows no bounds—as evidenced by her three-year term in the Peace Corps as the Community Health Development Agent in Burkina Faso and her studies in anthropology, theatre and global health.

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Theatre News

Distinguished Humanitarian

Lawrence Kern ’01, Distinguished Humanitarian

Lawrence Kern ’01 believes the transformative power of artistic expression is something that people of all cognitive and developmental abilities should have access to. Since 2010, he has served as a teaching artist for individuals with disabilities, and is a proud co-founder of A.B.L.E. (Artists Breaking Limits and Expectations) which offers performing arts experiences for individuals with developmental differences. With each performance, these young actors develop a new depth of emotional understanding, new carefulness and confidence in their verbal communication, new belief in their ability to have an impact on other people, and a new belief that they have something valuable to say in the world.

Carol Levin

World-Renowned History Scholar Carole Levin Visits Southwestern

Dr. Levin will deliver a public lecture—and students and faculty will stage a reading of her new play—during the 2018 History Colloquium.

Photo by Carlos Barron

SU Exports “The Fall of Don Swan” to Scotland

“Texas Beauty Pageant Murder: The Fall of Don Swan”



Theatre Events

Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson

Silent Sky Lecture: “A Heartbeat in the Heavens: Henrietta Leavitt’s Grand Discovery.”

Prior to Sunday matinee performances of Silent Sky, the Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Theatre Department invites you to attend a special lecture by Physics professor and Fountainwood Observatory Director Dr. Mark Bottorff, titled “A Heartbeat in the Heavens: Henrietta Leavitt’s Grand Discovery.”

By Lauren Gunderson

Silent Sky

Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Theatre Department is excited to open the 2018/2019 season with Silent Skyby Lauren Gunderson. This drama tells the  forgotten story of a stellar woman in astronomy, Henrietta Swan Leavitt.

Heathers Auditions

Heathers: The Musical Auditions