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Theatre

The Theatre Program seeks to provide a balanced and comprehensive theatre experience for all students. The program offers a wide range of dramatic forms selected both to educate and to entertain.

Overview

We offer classes for both majors and non-majors that provide a thorough foundation in theatrical history, theory, and literature as well as training in acting, directing, design, and technical theatre. Thus, students are prepared for graduate education and for employment in any field that values high level communication skills as well as for careers in theatre as teacher, artist, technician, or manager.

In preparation for their graduate school and/or a professional career, majors are required, as part of their senior seminar experience, to reflect upon their time in the theatre program at Centre College. This reflection process involves a public “exhibition” of their four years of work within the program.

Your Major Took You Where?

Theatre majors have gone on to a variety of graduate programs and careers.

Employers

  • Cincinnati Playwright’s Initiative
  • Florida Studio Theatre
  • Georgia Shakespeare
  • Governor’s School for the Arts

Postgraduate Study

  • Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (M.Phil.)
  • University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., int’l trade & business law)

Curriculum

Majors begin with classes that look at acting; theatre design and technology; and theatre history, literature, and theory. They then take an advanced course in each area and two other advanced courses of their choice. Students can also gain academic credit for being in and working on productions.

Major Requirements

Minor Requirements

Experiential Learning

Students engage in hands-on learning experiences and reflection to develop skills and increase knowledge retention.

Our theatre program produces three shows annually operating on a four-year cycle to ensure that every student has the opportunity to work in a wide range of theatrical forms; from Broadway musicals to Shakespeare. We also have an ongoing partnership with The Farm Theater’s College Collaboration Project which works with emerging playwrights and provides students an opportunity to visit New York City and witness first-hand the practices and processes of new play development.

Internships

We're committed to helping students find quality internship experiences in the career area of their choice.

Centre excels at arranging internships with leading theatres across the country and abroad including The Hangar Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, The Santa Fe Opera, Theatre West Virginia, The Berkshire Theatre Festival, and the Lexington Children’s Theatre. Our program also has a vibrant exchange-partnership with Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance in London, recently voted #1 theatre training school in the U.K.

Careers

Our extraordinary liberal arts and sciences education prepares students for meaningful lives and careers.

Our graduates have gone on to work in television as creator and show runner, and perform in Cirque de Soleil, the national and international tours of The Jersey Boys, the Berlin premiere of War Horse, and in the Cirque adaptation of James Cameron’s Avatar. Others find success as scenic designers and directors.

Theatre Faculty

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