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

Professor of Theatre and Chair

Phone

512.863.1359

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

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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EXPLORE SOUTHWESTERN

Theatre News

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.

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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.

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Photo by Carlos Barron

SU Exports “The Fall of Don Swan” to Scotland

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

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EXPLORE SOUTHWESTERN

Theatre Events

By Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy

Heathers: the Musical

Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Theatre Department is pleased to present Heathers: the Musical, an adaptation by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy of the 1980’s cult-classic film.

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By Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy

Heathers: the Musical

Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Theatre Department is pleased to present Heathers: the Musical, an adaptation by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy of the 1980’s cult-classic film.

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By Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy

Heathers: the Musical

Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Theatre Department is pleased to present Heathers: the Musical, an adaptation by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy of the 1980’s cult-classic film.

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