214 University Union
Deanna Brookens, Rebecca Morrice, Gordon Phetteplace, 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 and anticipates moving into newly renovated, state-of-the-art performance spaces in the 2019-2020 academic year. Plays of wide-ranging interest and appeal are produced each academic year. Recent productions include Heathers, Frost/Nixon, Spring Awakening, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, In the Forest, She Grew Fangs, Julius Caesar, A Christmas Carol, Electra: An American Gothic, Ghosts, December Things, and Dark North.
SRU currently offers the following programs in Theatre:
BFA in Acting, Musical Theatre Performance Concentration
BFA in Acting, Theatre Performance Concentrations
BA in Theatre, Acting Concentration
BA in Theatre, Design & Technology Concentration
BA in Theatre, Arts Administration Concentration
Minor in Theatre
Coursework is also available in Theatre Arts Management and multidisciplinary Theatre Studies.