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

Director of the Sarofim School of Fine Arts Administration

Laura Sewell ’95 Connects as an Alumna and Staff Member

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Primetime Emmy Award

Southwestern Alumnus Nominated for a 2018 Primetime Emmy

Andrew Mendelson ’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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Theatre News

Worth Payton '18

An Education by Experience

Worth Payton ’18 demonstrates the importance of learning about oneself and connecting with others in building success.

Savannah Ritz '20

The Business of Show Business

Savannah Ritz ’20, theater and business major, travels the world supporting the dramatic arts.

Students at Southwestern University’s Sarofim School of Fine Arts present the laugh-out-loud farce Noises Off.

Jones Theater’s Revolving Stage

SU students reflect on the highlights and lessons learned after working with the innovative revolving-stage set, a multitude of fragile props, and a dedicated stage crew.