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.


Sergio Costola




Sergio Costola


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

Bill Engvall

Comedian Bill Engvall ’79 shares his Southwestern memories

This Homecoming, Bill Engvall ’79 performed in the Alma Thomas Theater with 100% of proceeds supporting Southwestern University’s lifelong learning initiatives. We called Bill to ask about his Southwestern Experience and why he decided to perform at this year’s Homecoming.

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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

SU Theatre in Ireland!

2nd year student, Joan Milburn attends Gaiety School of Acting during her semester abroad in Ireland.


The Don Juan Project

The Don Juan Project brings our 2017 season to a close.  Learn more about this project with our show documentary!

Austin Mueck, Class of 2018, received a Best Scenic Design Award

Sarofim School of Fine Arts, Theatre

Austin Mueck ’18 Receives Best Scenic Design

Austin Mueck, Class of 2018, received a Best Scenic Design Award for his design of the musical, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown at the 2017 Texas Educational Theatre Association Conference. Congratulations Austin!



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