The Theatre Program of the Communication Arts Department produces three main stage plays each year including drama, comedy, musical theatre and children's theatre.
Students are prepared for work in the contemporary theatre. Acting, theatre production, playwriting and stage direction are explored, as are theatre's classical roots and developing trends. Dance and Movement courses are offered to augment skills, competencies and academic programs. Major specialization in Theatre requires 42 total credits.
Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of productions:
Student Productions: Theatre students have an opportunity to direct/produce a variety of plays. Productions are generally staged in the department's Black Box Theatre.
Acting, directing and playwrighting showcases: These showcases give students the opportunity to apply their course work in public performances.
Street theatre performance: Street theatre is held each year during Family Weekend.
The Marywood Players is a student-governed organization that includes all theatre students plus non-majors interested in theatre. The Players engage in fund raising to support charitable activities on campus, to provide members with theatre workshops and to sponsor theatre trips. In addition, the Players produce directing, acting and playwrighting showcase productions, a public performance for Family Weekend, and the annual High School Theatre Festival. They play an active role in providing feedback to the faculty and staff, which affects changes in the program and in production.
Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1
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Department of Music, Theatre and Dance