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Department of Theatre

The College of Arts and Sciences


Rowland F. Blackley, Professor of Music


Teresa Durbin-Ames, Associate Professor of Theatre; Artistic Director


The theatre program provides students with the opportunity to explore the process of creating theatre and the relationship between theatre and society.  In productions and Core Aesthetics courses students examine dramatic texts from a variety of perspectives to develop an understanding of the aesthetic values of theatre. The production program seeks to engage the campus and broader community with quality performances that explore important issues and provide opportunities for students to be involved in theatre productions as performers, technicians, stage managers, and designers.

Theatre Facilities and Equipment

The theatre program is the primary resident of the Hugo Young Theatre, a 730-seat proscenium house. The Studio Theatre is a 75-seat thrust playing space. Storage facilities adjacent to Hugo Young house stock in costumes, scenery and lighting equipment. A fully equipped scene shop is immediately adjacent to the Hugo Young stage. A costume shop and additional scenery storage are located within a short distance of the scene shop.

Student Honor Society

Alpha Psi Omega, a national honor society in theatre, honors students who have excelled in acting, directing, design, and production. Membership by application and review.

Theatre Courses and Descriptions

See Course Descriptions section of catalog