The Department of Theatre Arts seeks to cultivate passionate, creative, and effective communicators in order to challenge others to thoughtful examination of ideas, cultures, and values.
Students majoring in theatre arts will develop technical and artistic skills while engaging in critical thinking that reflects the historical foundations of the discipline as well as more current advances in theatrical training. Through traditional classroom instruction and collaborative production experience, students will enhance their abilities of observation, analysis, design, performance and artistry in order to better prepare themselves for their careers and lives beyond undergraduate training. Integration of faith is paramount as students learn to embrace a deeper understanding of their own humanity and the world at large.
Majors will have the opportunity to develop their talents on stage and off through participation in our mainstage and lab seasons. Our students are challenged as they train with knowledgeable and experienced faculty and guest artists to create an entertaining, thought-provoking and diverse season of plays, musicals, student directed one-acts and studio productions. Theatre majors are also highly encouraged to participate in regional collegiate competitions as well as audition/interview for summer internships and professional summer stock companies.
The Department of Theatre Arts offers degree programs in General Theatre, Performance, and Design/Technology. All are broad-based majors designed to provide each student with a strong foundation for a career in theatre or continued training such as graduate programs, internships, or other related fields of study.
Whether you are interested in theatre performance or in our design and technical program, you will have the opportunity to cultivate and enhance your skills and talents while we relieve some of the financial burden.
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On Thursday, April 23, Dr. Jack Heller, assistant professor of English at Huntington University, is going to prison. Heller will co-direct a group of 18 inmates at the Pendleton Correctional Facility in the Shakespeare play, Coriolanus, with Dr. Stacy Erickson, associate professor of English at Manchester University. Since September, Heller has made weekly trips to the maximum security men’s prison in Pendleton, Indiana, a two-and-a-half hour round trip from Huntington. In...
It's often said that God works in mysterious ways, and no one knows that better than 1998 Huntington University graduate Ross Wheeler. After graduating from high school, Ross knew what he wanted to do: Study theater. The only problem was that he didn’t know what college to attend until a friend opened his eyes to Huntington. "I was looking for a school in which I could not only learn...
Jay Duffer currently serves as Chair of the Theatre Department and Division Chair of the Fine Arts and teaches the acting curriculum. Prior to joining the faculty at HU, Duffer spent many years as a professional actor, director and playwright living and working in New York City. He has performed in venues ranging from Off-Broadway to regional houses across the country.