Students in this program are prepared for work in the contemporary theatre. With an ensemble philosophy as the foundation of the program, students major in one area of theatre while participating in all aspects of production, which broadens their knowledge base, creates an understanding and sensitivity to the whole theatre process, and often develops marketable skills outside of their major. Acting, theatre production, playwriting and stage direction are explored, as are theatre's classical roots and developing trends. Dance and Movement courses are offered to augment skills, competencies and academic programs.
Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of productions:
- Main stage productions: Students work with professional staff and guest artists in a wide range of play choices that regularly include musicals and children’s theatre. Vehicles are chosen to best display current talent in performance and production and to enhance skills learned in the classroom.
- Student Productions: Theatre students have an opportunity to direct/produce a variety of plays. Productions are generally staged in the department's Black Box Theatre.
- Acting, directing and playwrighting showcases: These showcases give students the opportunity to apply their course work in public performances.
- Street theatre performance: Commedia dell’arte is often studies as movement training, and street theatre is often performed in conjunction with the training.