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Welcome to the Theatre Program
Theatre is a collaborative art form, combining the written word of the literary artist, the visual insight of the designer, the speech and movement of the actor, and the interpretation, style, movement patterns and overall guidance of the director.
Theatre at UD
University of Dayton theatre students receive instruction in acting, directing, stage movement, stage design, technical production, critical analysis and theatre history. Our students gain the necessary background for advanced study (graduate school), professional and non-professional performance, and teaching and directing secondary school theatre programs (adolescence to young adult education majors). In addition, the theatre division at UD offers the student opportunities to continue his/her theatre studies with other disciplines according to his/her preference. Some typical combinations include: theatre and communication (radio and television courses), theatre and drama (English courses concerning different periods of drama), and theatre design and fine arts. The actor may also wish to expand his/her interests in fields such as business or psychology.
Academic ProgramsThe Theatre Program offers a Bachelor of Arts in theatre available through the Department of Communication. Theatre is the most complex of the arts since it requires many artists for its creation; the actors, directors, scene designers, stage technicians and playwrights. This complexity leads many to call it a collaborating art form since it combines the written word of the literary artist, the scenic background of the architect, the speech and movement of the actor and the interpretation, style, movement patterns and overall guidance of the director. A minor is also available through the Theatre Program.
CareersOur graduates often go on to advanced study in theatre arts, and many directly pursue careers in professional and non-professional performance. There are exciting careers in many aspects of theatre besides performance - directing, set production, sound and lighting to name a few. Some graduates enjoy teaching and directing secondary school theatre programs.
Opportunities & Activities
Students in the Theatre Program can choose from several curricular and extra-curricular activities to enhance their learning experience.
Research & ScholarshipThe intellectual power and creative vitality of the College of Arts and Sciences reside in our faculty. While students lie at the center of the College’s attention, the work of the College’s faculty makes possible the distinctive education in the liberal arts and sciences that our graduates attain. All of the College’s achievements and aspirations spring in some way from faculty members’ creativity, talent, and dedication in scholarship, teaching, and professional service.
Faculty & StaffMeet our faculty and staff from the links at right.
Through a large, diverse body of work, the Theatre Program provides a solid academic foundation plus the experience of working in a wide range of theatre productions, including mainstage productions in the Boll Theatre as well as experimental work in the Studio Theatre. Our majors are required to audition for roles and participate in each mainstage production for academic credit.
Upcoming Performance: bare, the Musical
March 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, and 23
Teens in a co-ed Catholic boarding school struggle with issues of identity, sexuality and religion. With provocative lyrics and a thrilling rock score, the musical demonstrates how today’s generation is forced to navigate, for the first time, the tightrope between adolescence and adulthood and how far they will go to keep their world intact. This play contains adult content and language; not recommended for children.
Contact UsPlease contact us for more information about our programs. We look forward to hearing from you.
University of Dayton
Music/Theatre Building Room 134
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-0291