Theatre Studies provides rigorous, professionally oriented training within the context of a well-rounded liberal arts education. As a Theatre Studies major, you can pursue training in classes as challenging as those offered in any conservatory in the nation, while obtaining a solid education that keeps your career or graduate study options open as you explore the work of a professional artist.
Faculty members and staff have worked as professional theatre actors, directors, designers and technicians. In addition, practicing artists of high caliber are often invited to campus to work with students. Guest artists have included:
- Playwrights Edward Albee, Simon Bent, Maria Irene Fornes and Tony Kushner
- Actors Tandy Cronyn, Sidney Poitier, Anna Deavere Smith, Mickey Solis and Jack Wetherall
- Designers Dominic Abbenante, Jesse Belsky, Burke Brown, Gabriel Clausen, Roslyn Fulton-Dahlie, Elisheba Ittoop, Badger Koon, Robbie MacLean, John Wolf and Maria Wurttele
- Directors Mark Rucker and Danny Scheie
- Master teacher Larry Singer
Alumni have gone on to prestigious graduate theatre programs and professional internships, and they have found employment in theatre, film and television. Majors have also pursued graduate work and careers in fields as diverse as law, medicine, psychology, education and social work. Guilford believes theatre training develops skills and thought-processes applicable to problem solving in all areas of life.