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.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, 2018 (Photo credit: Carlos Barron)
Every year student directors are given an opportunity to directed a fully produced production in the black box theater Heather Hall (Photo credit: Carlos Barron)
Lauren Gunderson’s Silent Sky, 2018 (Photo credit: Carlos Barron)
Students prepare for a production (Photo credit: Southwestern University)
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress 2017 (Photo credit: Carlos Barron)
Scene Design on Review (Photo credit: Carlos Barron)
In the Next Room 2017 (Photo credit: Carlos Barron)
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
Painting for a Cause
Southwestern alumna Rachel Hancock ’14 uses her abilities to help a community she loves.Read Full Story
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.Read Full Story
Carlie Sulpizio ’13 reflects on her serendipitous path as an SU anthropology major, a Peace Corps volunteer, and a global-health researcher.Read Full Story
Meet Our World-Class Faculty: Gabriel Peña
A conversation with new Assistant Professor of Theatre Gabriel Peña.READ FULL STORY
Devised Theater Performance in Scotland
A group of Southwestern students took their devised theater play, The G.H.O.S.T. Unit: The Live Event, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.READ FULL STORY
G.H.O.S.T. Unit Takes Theater to New Dimensions at Southwestern
What happens when you start a devised theater project with three Southwestern University students and the Anton Checkov play, The Cherry Orchard? You end up with a nationally recognized production called G.H.O.S.T. Unit: The Live Event.READ FULL STORY