The theatre program exposes students to all aspects of theatre productions. Students gain practical experience in theatre thru onstage and offstage experiences.
Students learn about the impact that theatre has on our culture, and by studying historical plays, they also learn about the attitudes and opinions of previous times.
In addition to studying dramatic literature and acting, students get hands-on experience in theatre design, playwriting and directing. For more detailed information, read the course descriptions.
Theatre faculty members work to ensure that students are getting the most out of their theatre production participation. They encourage students to audition for performances – faculty members direct six productions each year – and help students become accustomed to and comfortable with the three campus theatres.
The theatre program offers these two degree plans:
- Bachelor of Arts in Theatre
- Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with Teacher Certification
Facilities and Equipment
- The ASU Auditorium is a 400+ seat proscenium theatre, which underwent a major rigging upgrade in the summer of 2012.
- The ASU Modular Theatre is one of only six on U.S. college campuses to have its particular style that allows production groups to completely transform the look and feel of the stage.
- The Studio Theatre is used for student directed works, rehearsal, and classroom.
To see the theatres during past productions, check out the virtual tour.
The theatre program is also technology-driven. Students learn software that is currently used in the professional theatre industry. Software titles include:
- Vectorworks, design/drafting software program, to design scenery and lighting.
- Audacity - a sound editing software program, to design sound effects
- Adobe Creative Suite - including Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and After Effects
While majoring in theatre, students develop skills in communication and design. They also study history and analyze literary works.
Careers for theatre graduates are varied and range from dramatic artists and press agents to stage managers and theatre instructors, among others. Work settings can be anything from community theatres and public relations firms to schools and colleges.