Theatre Studies Department

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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.


Majors and Minors

Guilford taught me well — by putting my fear aside and showing up to tackle the task at hand, regardless of all bumps in the road, everyone around me was willing to meet me where I was and help me learn and succeed.

Riva Fairhall '17
Theatre Studies major
  • Theatre Studies (A.B.) Major and Minor: Every Theatre Studies major fulfills 36 hours of core requirements and an additional 12 credit hours in one of four possible tracks, for a total of 48 credit hours in the major. The minor requires 20 hours and is available in two tracks (theatre arts and film and video).
  • Generalist Track: The generalist track includes two intermediate theatre courses (eight semester hours) or the equivalent credits and one advanced theatre course or the equivalent credits (four semester hours) in addition to the core requirements.
  • Design/Tech Track: The design track includes two intermediate courses and one advanced course in set, costume, or lighting design in addition to the core requirements.
  • History/Literature Track: The history/literature track includes two intermediate courses and one advanced course in literary analysis, play analysis, playwriting or dramatic literature in addition to the core requirements.
  • Performance Track: The performance track includes two intermediate courses and one advanced course in acting, directing or other area of performance in addition to the core requirements.

Theatre Studies News and Events

Showtime!

Showtime!

Some Theatre students want to see their names in lights. Riva Fairhall ’17 is more interested in designing scenery and lights.

Excelling Abroad

Excelling Abroad

Find out how Victoria Saraldi-Gallardo '16 is making the most of her opportunity to intern at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.

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Brian Coleman

Brian Coleman

Technical Director

Chad Phillips

Chad Phillips

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies

Robin Vest

Robin Vest

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies