Our theatre department will offer you a combination of academic preparation and practical experience that will prepare you for the real world.
Just look at your professors: Professor Annissa Morgensen-Lindsay is a theatre historian and experienced actor, director, lighting designer, and stage technician. Professor Michael Allen has directed at the college, community, and professional levels, is involved in summer theatre, and is past president of the board of the Croswell Opera House in Adrian.
Much of your work in the theatre department will be outside of the classroom. You will have opportunities to direct plays, write dramas, act on the main stage, design and build scenery, lighting, costumes, properties and makeup. You can try your hand at any aspect of the production onstage or offstage. You can be wherever your creativity and drive wants to take you. Many students take internships at the Croswell, or in other theatres in places such as Chicago, Boston and London. Each year, students attend the regional Kennedy Center's/American College Theatre Festival where they compete for prizes and awards. Past students have been chosen as national finalists, presented new plays, and were honored for design.
Whether you are casting your one-act play, or launching your own improvisational theatre troupe, your professors will be there to help you every step of the way. They help you capture and master the joy of theatre. As Professor Allen says, "We would rather supervise a student in a project than do it ourselves. Our satisfaction is in watching them and helping them learn by doing."
Recent productions include: Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare), The Saint Plays (Erik Ehn), Doubt (John Patrick Shanley), The Drowsy Chaperone (Lisa Lambert / Greg Morrison / Bob Martin / Don McKellar), Almost Maine (John Cariani), Godspell (Stephen Schwartz / John-Michael Tebelak), Uncle Vanya (Anton Chekhov), and Unnecessary Face (Paul Slade Smith).