Dynamic, creative, expressive – theatre arts is an exciting, challenging and rewarding career that melds passion with imagination and drama with dialogue.
Three Career Tracks
Actor, critic, designer...whatever your interest, The Department of Theatre and Dance will help you achieve your career goals through our three tracks of study: Acting/Directing, Design and Stage Management. We also offer a minor in Dance.
Our faculty are practicing professional artists with contacts at local and national theatre companies, including Cleveland’s Great Lakes Theater. You’ll gain practical job experience, earn equity points, make important contacts and build an impressive resume.
You’ll gain valuable experience through our many productions. Learning becomes relevant as you delve into all areas – performance, design and construction, as well as production, management and marketing. With both proscenium and black box theatres, we offer traditional and contemporary audience settings that provide a variety of learning environments, including theatre in-the-round, thrust staging and more.
Foundation courses in literature, history, performance, technical and collaborative studies will help you develop critical thinking and awareness of theatre and dance as vital art forms. As you advance through the program, you’ll be challenged by the increasing rigor of your chosen track while still acquiring an appreciation for the other theatre tracks and dance.
A versatile and exciting career field, job opportunities include:
- Theatre Managers
- Stage Managers
- Lighting Designers
- Costume Designers
- Casting or Talent Agents