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.


Kerry Bechtel

Kerry Bechtel

Associate Professor of Theatre and Chair


Kerry Bechtel

Kerry Bechtel

Associate 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

Rachel Hancock ’14

Painting for a Cause

Southwestern alumna Rachel Hancock ’14 uses her abilities to help a community she loves.

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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

Jasmine Thomas '12 is depicted teaching. She is wearing a black shirt with a name tag, golden earrings, and glasses. Behind her is a yellow shelf with a globe sitting on top of it.

Theatre in the Classroom

Jasmine Renee Thomas ’12 shares her past experiences as a Southwestern theatre student and how they set the stage for her personal and professional development as an educator.

Christi Rodriguez Cottrell ’98

A Lawyer’s Appeal for Theatre

Christi Rodriguez Cottrell ’98 shares how her background in theatre has become an asset for her career in law.

Photo by Carlos Barron

SU Exports “The Fall of Don Swan” to Scotland

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



Theatre Events

Gayev, Charlotte, and Alfonzo huddle together and look through the center of a ring light, which resembles a glowing portal. There is a dark static background and a faint, distorted copy of their image behind them like a bad tv signal.

G.H.O.S.T. Unit - The Live Event

Join the Theatre Department for this thrilling devised workshop production, inspired by Anton Chekhov’s The CherryOrchard.

Graphic: In front of a slightly-blurred red silk background, two silhouetted people kiss under a street lamp while one is sitting on a ledge. The title, American La Ronde, hovers between the couple and the lamp, with a graphic of a bracelet in lieu of the "o" in "Ronde."

American La Ronde

The Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Theatre Department is proud to present this bold adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s Reigen by Steven Dietz.

Graphic: On a teal textured background, a mist rises out of an open book. In its center is a white outline of a 20-sided Dungeons and Dragons die, with the silhouette of a female-presenting character wielding a sword above her head in the center face of the die. There is a demon in the face to her left, a dragon in the face to her right, and an orc in the face below her. Above the mist floats the title, She Kills Monsters, with a sword replacing the “i” in Kills and the “t” in Monsters.

She Kills Monsters

Join the Theatre Department for this heartwarming and hilarious romp through 90’s culture and fantasy role playing games, written by Qui Nguyen.