Overview: The Theatre Program produces plays that challenge students to consider diverse values, viewpoints and expressions of the creative imagination. The collaborative atmosphere among students and faculty members on the theoretical challenges of classroom projects and the practical realization of our public performances prepare students to present their imaginative ideas to others.
Curriculum: The University Theatre stages four full-length plays on the 400 seat proscenium main stage and a variety of plays in the 70 seat studio theatre. Every theatre major is involved in some way with each production.
Theatre majors and minors form a company of actors, designers and technicians that is responsible, with the mentorship and participation of faculty and staff, for all aspects of each work. In keeping with the liberal arts focus of Saint Louis University and a long tradition of undergraduate theatre education, company members are expected to develop a basic level of proficiency and practical knowledge of all aspects of theatre. The formation of a company highlights the collaborative nature of theatre and the importance of shared commitment and responsibility in pursuit of a goal.
Faculty: Six full time faculty assisted by four adjunct instructors and two full time staff guide students educational experiences. Full time faculty hold terminal degrees in their field of specialization and work professional in the region and across the country. Adjunct faculty are drawn from the talented pool of theatre professionals who live and work in St. Louis.
Internships: Students participate in the Midwest Theatre Auditions and other local auditions for summer theatre jobs and internships with organizations across the country. Students pursue local employment and internship opportunities with The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, the St. Louis Black Repertory Company, Opera Theatre St. Louis The MUNY Theatre and other professional organizations.
Careers: Graduates enter M.F.A. programs in theatre or the theatre job market. Alumni work in professional theatre, feature films, television productions, commercials and other venues where actors, playwrights, directors, designers and theatrical craftspeople are needed. Graduates also market their skills in non-theatrical venues such as law, training, sales, marketing and other presentational activities.
Scholarships: Theatre Talent Awards are available. Auditions are seen at The Internation Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska in June and through the spring on campus by appointment. Please contact Gary Barker at email@example.com for more information.