The Theatre Program within the Department of Fine and Performing Arts creates an education experience based on the combination of theoretical classroom explorations and practical production of plays. Our program specializes in all aspects of a production, from set design and lighting, to costume design, to the acting itself.
A Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from SLU prepares students to enter M.F.A. programs in theatre and M.A. programs in drama. It develops the essential skills to enter the job market as actors and technicians for theatrical productions. And it nurtures creativity as students effectively market the variety of skills they acquire as theatre majors in outside fields.
A Collaborative Company
Each semester the Theatre Program produces a season of plays, challenging students to consider diverse values, viewpoints and expressions of the creative imagination. Learning in this way requires collaboration. To fuel this, students form a company of actors, designers and technicians responsible for all aspects of the production.
Through mentoring and advising from faculty, students work together, pushing each other to new levels of learning. They learn to clearly and appropriately present their imaginative ideas to others, exploring their creativity. Most importantly, students develop a collective responsibility and commitment to their work.
But our collaborative efforts don't end in the classroom. Through faculty connections, many students find auditions among the 30 professional theatres around St. Louis. By branching into these communities, students enhance their education by encountering new perspectives and new roles.
Excel in Any Career
Our program and core curriculum provides students with the educational foundation for success in careers inside and outside of theatre.
In keeping with the liberal arts focus of Saint Louis University and a long tradition of undergraduate theatre education, students develop a basic level of proficiency and practical knowledge of all aspects of theatre. Through internships and working with professional companies, students develop valuable experience to enhance their resumes.
Our students have excelled in a variety of careers. Recent alumni have gone on to work in theatre in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. Others have attended top graduate programs, including California Institute of the Arts, UCLA and Brown University. Others have taken the fine training from our program into professional careers as film studio executives, producers, lawyers, marketers and educators.
For more information, contact Professor Lou Birdat (314) 977-3502.