We have a wide variety of Theatre Arts concentrations. We have auditions for productions, but Theatre and involves many roles. Auditions or portfolio reviews are not required for consideration in a Theatre major or minor. Instead, once you've declared a Theatre major/minor, you will receive individualized advising. Our faculty and staff help you take advantage of every opportunity we offer.
For those aiming for a career in theatrical performance. Focused on acting and musical theatre. More about acting at WWU.
Entertainment Design and Technology
For students interested in a career in costume, lighting, and/or scenic design.
For students interested in producing theatre through directing, dramatic writing, and stage management.
For individuals interested in multiple fields. This covers the study of theatre rather than the practice of theatre. For those wanting to create a fluid and flexible curriculum based on specific interests. A great choice for transfer students or those with shortened time to degree.
For those interested in:
- A teaching certification for theatre education in conjunction with Woodring College of Education
- A career working with youth outreach, education and professional development.
Students can also pursue a minor in Theatre. It has a flexible selection of curriculum suited to the individual student's interest.
To declare a major or minor in Theatre, or if you have any other questions, contact Ashley VanCurler in the Theatre and Dance Office. Advising is still available remotely during COVID-19 related closures.
The following goals are central to the undergraduate degree in Theatre
- Support the liberal arts through rigorous study of theatre literature, history, and practice. Expand appreciation of theatre in our community and the region.
- Graduate theatre artists who succeed in top graduate programs, professional theatres, and the entertainment industry.
- Provide undergraduates with opportunities supported by professional shops, staff, and budgets.
- Graduate theatre artists with writing, devising, and entrepreneurial skills to create unique and innovative theater in their own voice.
- Commission and premier new, innovative works from a diverse range of artists. Produce works from a wide range of historical periods, genres, and forms.
- Place our Theatre Education graduates in Washington State public schools, arts organizations, and professional youth theatre companies.
- Create opportunities for internships, outreach and civic engagement.
- Support equity, justice, and respect for the rights and dignity of others.
Students completing a degree in Theatre will also be able to
- Demonstrate a knowledge of professional practices in the field of Theatre.
- Demonstrate a knowledge of - and ability to analyze and interpret - important works of dramatic literature representing diverse cultures
- Demonstrate a knowledge of - and ability to interpret - theatrical production, styles, conventions, and cultural context from ancient to present day works.
- Function as an effective team member in the preparation and realization of a theatrical performance. Team roles include: designer, performer, director, playwright, and/or technician.
- Apply the skills of collaboration, communication, critical thinking and problem solving in the study and practice of theatre.