the Mercury Theatre 2009
The Department of Theatre
To help prepare the next generation of theatre artists and leaders.
The Theatre major exists to give students the understanding and training
necessary to take on leadership roles in theatre organizations
(Artistic, Teaching, Administrative, and Production).
The Theatre production program exists to train theatre majors, to offer
opportunities for non-majors, and to present theatre to the area
Overview of the
If indeed "all the world's a stage," the Theatre major offers many ways
to successfully "make an entrance." The major includes the skills
necessary to produce excellent theatre (acting, directing, design,
management) along with experiences relevant to lifelong learning
(creativity, working in a collaborative environment, achieving
self-expression, increasing self-confidence). Theatre is both a
profession and an art; whether it is graduate study or using theatre in
other endeavors (including teaching, public relations, media, and law),
Theatre majors will offer creative solutions to life's challenges.
- The new
Theatre major requires experience and training in all areas of
majors are required to take Theatre History, a Design sequence,
Directing, and must
complete either an Internship or an Independent Study.
- Students are
given leadership roles with appropriate training:
*Assistant Director--Assistant Stage Manager--Stage
*Crew Chief--Assistant to the Designer--Assistant
- Students can
Direct and Design in the "Main Stage" Season--many other undergrad
programs limit these opportunities to Studio or
- Offer Teacher
Certification in Drama/Theatre, grades 6-12.
Every other year one production completely under the control of
major/minors (Theatre Rep Company).
Musical (in conjunction with the Music Department) every other year.
Shakespeare every third year.