Saint Louis University’s theatre program within the Department of Fine and Performing Arts creates an educational 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 and acting itself.
Theatre Degree Options
Theatre students at SLU may apply for the Theatre Talent Scholarship. In addition to completing the theatre scholarship application, interested students must audition, present a portfolio or interview for the award.
Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis, so you must reapply each year. You must also maintain the following requirements to keep your scholarship:
- Major in theatre
- Achieve a grade of "B" in all theatre coursework
- Participate in all department productions
Students auditioning for the scholarship should prepare two contrasting monologues (comedic/dramatic). Monologues should be memorized and not exceed a total audition time of four minutes. You may sing during your audition, but no accompanist will be provided (CD player and iPod docks are available).
If you are unable to audition/interview on campus, you may submit a digital audition via Acceptd.
If you have auditioned or interviewed at a state or international thespian conference you need not re-audition or interview but still must complete the scholarship application.
U Theatre and Performance Experience
Each year, the University Theatre produces a season of plays, at the University Theatre, with students forming the company of actors, designers and technicians responsible for all aspects of the production.
Mentored and advised by faculty, you will work together with other students to clearly and appropriately present your imaginative ideas to others and explore your creativity. Most importantly, you will develop a collective responsibility and commitment to your work.
Our faculty connections help many SLU students find auditions among the 30 professional theaters around St. Louis. By branching into these communities, our theatre students enhance their education by encountering new perspectives and new roles. Through internships and working with professional companies, you will also develop valuable experience to enhance your resume.
Alpha Psi Omega
SLU's chapter of the National Theatre Honor Society, Alpha Psi Omega, offers a way to get involved in theatre outside of the classroom. Members of Alpha Psi Omega are actively involved on campus through a variety of activities, including:
- Attending professional productions
- Producing student-written, directed and performed works
- Engaging in service with the St. Louis community
To be initiated into Alpha Psi Omega, you must maintain a level of academic excellence and participate in multiple University Theatre productions. For more information about SLU's Alpha Psi Omega chapter, contact Nancy Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org.