Theatre is a hands-on, transformative learning experience. Our program immerses students into the culture of theatre. By taking courses in acting, directing, technical theatre, design, playwriting, theatre history and dramatic literature, you’ll develop the skills needed to take on any part of the theatrical world. Our main stage and student productions give you the opportunity to show what you can do on stage through acting roles, stage management, design and technical positions, as well as writing and directing. At Scranton, we’re educating the next generation of theatre artists.
“From running main stage productions to developing studio series and workshops – our students take the lead and gain real-world experience through their engagement in every aspect of theatre production.”
- Rebecca Beal, Ph.D.
Professor and English & Theatre Department Chair
Why Theatre is in Demand:
- The arts express what it is to be human. Theatre is a way of being in the world, promotes understanding, generates useful tools for everyday life and has the unique ability to generate community from a group of strangers.
- Theatre students are adept thinkers and doers who exercise their abilities in the unique and challenging realm of live performance.
- The performing arts are collaborative practices that develop creativity, team building, leadership and personal responsibility.
- According to this article in The Huffington Post and a recent IBM survey, global CEOs named creativity as the most important leadership competency for the future.
Is it for me?
- Are you ready to make art?
- Do you work well with others?
- Will you try new things and test your boundaries?
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Where will theatre take me?
Wherever your imagination, innovation and ambition may carry you! Our program is designed to enhance your natural talents and abilities while teaching practical skills applicable to a variety of career settings.
The strong foundations you’ll build in this major are versatile and flexible, allowing you to pursue an array of post-graduation opportunities in theatre and other disciplines.
From television to musical productions, you’ll find University of Scranton theatre graduates performing and working in a variety of settings.
Here are just a few examples:
- Janelle Caso ('10) is currently attending Columbia University's MFA program in stage management.
- Michael Flynn ('10) worked as the Associate Director for It's Only a Play by Terrence McNally on Broadway (starring F. Murray Abraham, Matthew Broderick, Rupert Grint, Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing and Megan Mullally). Michael also functions as the Artistic Director for Scranton Shakespeare Festival.
- Kiley Lotz ('13) recently made her NYC deput as Ruth in Underland by Alexandra Collier at 59e59.
- Jacki (Kubiak) Vadney ('01) recently directed Evita at Gannon University, where she serves as the Technical Director of Theatre.
- Anthony Mercado ('09) will premiere his play Kill or Be Dead at the Kansas City Fringe Festival in July 2015 and will premiere a new adaptation of A Winter's Tale at the 2016 Scranton Shakespeare Festival.
- Samantha Morales ('10) recently appeared in theatre for a new audience's production of Pericles, directed by Sir Trevor Nunn.
- Stephanie O'Brien ('09) recently stage managed Outside Mullingar at Hudson Stage Company.
How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge
Your experiences as a theatre major at The University of Scranton will stretch far beyond our campus and stage. Our faculty is made up of professional artists and recognized teachers who will push you to become your best. You’ll leave with a deeper appreciation of your abilities and understanding of your talents, your dreams and yourself. You’ll gain confidence to follow your passions and make valuable contacts in the theatrical world.