300-C Miller Auditorium
Rebecca Morrice, Gordon Phetteplace, Colleen Reilly, David Skeele, Laura Smiley
Studies and experiences in the theatre tap some of the deepest veins of human self-expression and confirm the abiding hold this unique art form has on thoughtful and imaginative people everywhere. Courses in theatre history examine the origins of the art and explore the ways in which theatre has responded to and developed from its times. Courses in acting or in the crafts of theatre enhance the skills of students, whether they seek eventual performance careers or simply wish to be more knowledgeable audience members. The performance of great dramatic literature enables students to touch intimately some of the enduring ideas of civilization: love, death, hope, ambition, loyalty. People who succeed in the theatre have learned how to cooperate, how to work within deadlines and constraints, how to liberate and control expressiveness, and how to deal constructively with the tensions of performance.
The Department of Theatre sponsors an active co-curricular production program in a well-equipped theatre on campus. Plays of wide-ranging interest and appeal are produced each academic year. Recent productions include Cabaret, Hedda Gabler, As You Like It, Inspecting Carol, An Evening with Sam Shepard, The Tempest, Stop Kiss, Loot, Tallgrass Gothic, This is Our Youth, Little Shop of Horrors, and Macbeth.