The Department of Theatre offers many exciting and challenging opportunities to advance your interests in the development of new knowledge about theatre and performance in the 21st century. Through a combination of research, scholarship, teaching, publications, and productions, our faculty, students, and alumni share strengths in several areas of research and artistic engagement.
Areas of research expertise and inquiry comprise a wide range, from exploring the impact of political theatre and community-based performance to the role of theatre pedagogy in lifelong learning. From understanding the influence of race in the actor-audience relationship to the application of acting techniques to business and personal communication. Encounters with this scholarship can offer new capacities for discoveries and ideas of your own.
In addition to scholars, our department is home to many faculty who are creative practitioners and make theatre, both professionally and with our students. They are experienced and acclaimed actors, directors, designers, devisers, and playwrights who actively engage with the performing arts nationally and regionally. Our faculty practitioners create and interpret a diverse spectrum of dramatic forms and aesthetics such as classical theatre, modern drama, contemporary theatre practices, opera, musicals, devised theatre, movement-based theatre, and original work.