The Department of Theatre supports a variety of performance opportunities for any major to audition or participate. There are seven mainstage productions a year including plays, musicals, devised pieces, dance performances, and more. Students also have the opportunity to perform in pieces directed by the first and second year MFA directing students, as well as perform and design in faculty-directed plays for young audiences as part of the Imagine U family series. The department also assists in funding for a number of student-produced productions as part of the Struble Project Series. Music Theatre students annually have the opportunity to perform in Waa-Mu, a musical completely created and written by students.
Undergraduates are fortunate to work closely with graduate students pursuing Masters of Fine Arts degrees in Directing and Design. First and second-year MFA students direct productions on campus with undergraduate actors. Undergraduate students with design interest serve as assistant designers for MFA designers on mainstage productions. The MFA students are at the forefront of the emerging professional theatre world, and connections between undergraduate and graduate students have led to casting opportunities, internships, assistant positions, and exciting artistic partnerships.
To see this year's mainstage season, visit the Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts.