With a broad-based liberal arts perspective, the Department of Theatre emphasizes historical, social and theoretical study in the fundamental principles of theatre arts. The theatre major is designed to develop artistic and intellectual potential, facility in problem-solving, and practical application in stage production. The department produces a wide variety of theatre productions each academic year, with auditions open to the entire campus.
Denison University's mission is to offer a broad-based liberal arts education, and the department contributes to that mission by emphasizing historical, social and theoretical study along with studies in the various crafts of theatre. In addition, we encourage our majors to complement their theatre studies with challenging work in other disciplines. Many of our students choose to double major, or to pursue a major and a minor.
The department produces a variety of theatre productions each academic year. Participation in theatre productions is open to students at all levels and from all disciplines. Denison theatre auditions are open to the entire campus. Academic credit can be earned for participating in a theatre production and we also offer a number of paid positions in the scene shop, costume shop and box office.
Our majors are encouraged to spend at least one semester in off-campus study. Many are placed in New York City with professional training programs or as assistants to theatrical directors, producers and designers. Some choose programs that emphasize arts and literature in Europe. Many others spend internships with major theatre companies both here and abroad.
The major in Theatre is designed to aid the serious student in:
Developing his or her artistic, creative, and intellectual potential
Understanding fundamental principles of theatre arts
Making practical application of those principles in stage production
Developing analytical skill, facility in problem-solving, historical perspective, and appreciation of aesthetic form
Developing a sound basis for graduate study in Theatre.