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.

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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.



AFTER SOUTHWESTERN

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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EXPLORE SOUTHWESTERN

Theatre News

   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.

Devised Theatre 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.

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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.

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James Venhaus '91 faces the camera in front of outdoor scenery. He is wearing a striped shirt and glasses.

The Tale of a Playwright

James Venhaus ’91 details his story as a published playwright and fine arts educator, sharing wisdom based on his real-world experiences with the theatre industry for the benefit of current and future Southwestern theatre students.

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