Our theater arts faculty consists of directors, actors, designers and playwrights who have substantial professional experience and who are devoted to the mission of university teaching. They offer courses in acting (including movement and voice), directing, design (set, costume, lighting, sound), playwriting, dramaturgy, performance art, public speaking, and production management.
Theater arts and theater/performance studies faculty work closely together. Our theater arts classes are firmly inscribed in a liberal arts setting: acting courses engage such playwrights as Shakespeare, Chekhov, and Brecht, and directing and design courses are informed by artist-theorists such as Wilson and Kantor. Similarly, theater and performance studies classes continually engage performance and production as in the “Fragment Project” of Theater Culture Studies I for which students are given the task of researching, reconstructing, and performing from a fragment of a lost ancient Greek play.
With our talented faculty, supportive environment and rich panoply of theater arts and theater/performance studies classes, our majors learn richer and more disciplined modes of performance, writing, production, and critical thinking.