Majors & Minors

Theatre

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.

Contact

Desiderio Roybal

Desiderio Roybal

Professor of Theatre and Chair

Phone

512.863.1359
Desiderio Roybal

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.



AFTER SOUTHWESTERN

Featured Alumni Stories

Lindsey Knapton ’10 & Josh Spencer ’09

It’s a Journey, Not a Race

For Lindsey Knapton ’10, the Southwestern Experience, the Peace Corps, and a job at the Texas Senate shaped her current path as an assistant attorney general.

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Susan Slagle Rogers ’83

From Southwestern to Hollywood

A panda who becomes a kung fu master. A snail who wins the Indianapolis 500. These underdog stories have been big hits for Hollywood. They have also helped establish Susan Slagle Rogers ’83 as one of the animation industry’s most talented producers.

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Carlie Sulpizio ’13 with community members of Burkina Faso, Africa. 

Great Unexpectations

Carlie Sulpizio ’13 reflects on her serendipitous path as an SU anthropology major, a Peace Corps volunteer, and a global-health researcher.

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Theatre News

Susan Slagle Rogers ’83

Susan Slagle Rogers ’83

Distinguished Professional

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Associate Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola, Kayla Ingram ’20, and Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger

Shakespeare across Time, Languages, and Disciplines

Associate Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola and Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger coordinated a seminar on translating Shakespeare at an international conference in Rome.

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Juror #3 (Carson Petocz ‘23) and Juror #8 (Abigail Vernier ‘20) go toe-to-toe in a heated debate. Photo by Carlos Barron ‘10.

Twelve Angry Jurors Brings Timeless Debate Back to the Table

Based on the classic Emmy Award-winning television movie by Reginald Rose, this production poses a powerful dialectic for the importance of civil discourse.

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Theatre Events

Album by David Rimmer. Art by Olivia Wise ‘18

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Album by David Rimmer. Art by Olivia Wise ‘18

CANCELED: Album

IMPORTANT: To encourage social distancing efforts, this event has been canceled. Thank you for your support!

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Album by David Rimmer. Art by Olivia Wise ‘18

CANCELED: CANCELED: Album

IMPORTANT: To encourage social distancing efforts, this event has been canceled. Thank you for your support at this time.

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