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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The Huntington University Theatre Company is bringing the musical The Drowsy Chaperone to life this fall. The Drowsy Chaperone will debut in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts at Huntington University on Nov. 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with special 2:00 p.m. matinee performances on Nov. 7 and 14. Don’t miss this farcical romp through the mad-capped world of 1920s musical theatre. The story concerns a middle-aged, musical theatre fan...
After a long day of auditioning for numerous theater companies, Bethany Edlund felt exhausted, but excited about the amount of callbacks she received. The Barn Theatre, an equity house in Augusta, Mich., approached Bethany and asked her if she would like to work for the company for a four-month stretch. “It feels good to know you got a job,” Bethany said. “(The Barn Theatre) is...
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.