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.
The goals of the major in theatre are twofold: first, to provide students with a working knowledge of the fundamental principles of each of the several arts of the theatre, offering opportunities for practical application of those principles in stage production; and second, to develop analytical skill, facility in problem-solving, historical perspective, and appreciation of aesthetic form. The programs in theatre aim to develop the skills of thoughtful inquiry, informed judgment, and imaginative response that are fundamental to the rewarding pursuit of any profession. In addition, these programs aim to provide a sound basis for graduate study in theatre.