A degree in Theatre Arts fosters a wide range of practical job skills that are highly valued in a broad variety of professions. These skills include critical thinking, creative process, problem solving, time management, effective written and oral communication, active listening, collaboration, portfolio development, team work, production management, self-confidence, and empathy.


  • Student passion for subject matter; leadership roles
  • Small studio classes for more personal mentoring from faculty 
  • Individualized, guided educational experience
  • Faculty involvement with student clubs 
  • Faculty actively working as artists in New York City and across New England 

Topics Covered

  • Performance and Directing Techniques 
  • Design Techniques 
  • Theatre History 
  • Script Analysis 
  • Emerging Theatre Technologies 

Career Preparation 

  • Internship support 
  • Practical production experience 
  • Faculty guidance on applications, letters, and portfolios 
  • Guest speakers showcasing professionals working from a Theatre background 
  • Acceptance in MA/Ph.D., MFA Acting, MFA Design, MFA Theatre for Youth 


  • High-quality theatrical productions 
  • Strong opportunities for involvement from the first semester 
  • Students present work at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival 
  • Strong creative/collaborative environment

Internship Opportunities

  • Actors Theatre of Louisville 
  • Berkshire Theatre Group 
  • Westport County Playhouse 
  • Hartford Stage Company 
  • Barrington Stage Company 
  • Chester Theatre Company 
  • Circus Smirkus 
  • Bay Street Theatre Company 
  • St. Michael’s Playhouse 
  • TWO Student Directed, Designed &
    Produced productions each year 

  • ALL Students from disciplines
    can participate in productions 

  • Focused MENTORING


Requirements for the Theatre Arts Major - 42 Credits

Students are automatically enrolled in the Theatre Studies track of the major, with placement in the Performance or Design/Technology tracks granted at the discretion of the Theatre Arts faculty, following an audition or interview process.

Please view the Theatre Arts department's page to view all offered concentrations and their requirements.

Theatre Arts Core Curriculum - 30 Credits

Design/Technology Track - 12 Credits
Additional Graduation Requirements

All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core.

Learning Outcomes

  • Hone skills in oral, written, physical, and visual communication
  • Develop personal creative expressiveness 
  • Team building and collaboration
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Engaging with complex philosophical and social issues that explore the nature of humanity in a community setting
Theatre Arts students in a production of Jose Rivera's Marisol
Musical Theatre Guild
MTG offers interested students an opportunity to participate in musical theatre in any capacity on or off the stage.


Musical Theatre Guild
Student Theatre Association (STA)

The purpose of STA is to create a learning environment for students interested in theatre. STA will strive to provide its members with a variety of theatrical opportunities that will explore all aspects of theatre


Student Theatre Association (STA)

My time in the WSU theater program taught me truly invaluable life skills through a variety of rewarding opportunities. The small size of the program allowed for me to feel incredibly supported by the amazing faculty to explore and develop my creativity and hone my craft. I can’t imagine a program that would have been better suited to me as a young artist!

Kasey Sheehan

Class of 2011

Notable Faculty & Alumni

  • James Jackson, Jr., Obie Award Winning Actor and Singer 
  • Alyssa Wright, CEO and Founder of Wright Consulting Group 
  • Philanthropy & Fund-Raising Consultant and contributing writer at Forbes 
  • Barrett Leddy, Voice Actor 
  • Bridget Collins, Lighting Supervisor, The Huntington Theatre Company 
  • Madeleine Hebert, National Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Award for Excellence in Lighting Design. Accepted MFA Candidate at Carnegie Mellon, Cal Arts, New York University and The University of Ohio 
  • Stuart Holland, Event Audio Technician/Sound Designer, Roger Williams Zoo 

Still have questions?

Please contact us with any questions you may have!

Contact us

Professor James McNamara
Chair - Theatre Arts Department
Ely Building 211