The School of Arts and Humanities offers courses in several areas of Theatre including: Acting, Stage Management, Technical Theatre, Design, Musical Theatre, Directing, Voice Over, Playwriting, Dance and Production Ensemble. The Theatre curriculum is expanding and course offerings will reflect the need of the students and the ever changing environment of theatrical performance.
Students have the ability to perform in one of the main stage productions on campus during the academic year. Students also have the opportunity to work professionally in the Dallas theatre area with the internship program set up with local companies.
The University Theatre is one of the most technologically advanced theatres in the Dallas area. Students have the opportunity to work with automated lighting, a state of the art color changing system and an advanced sound system with over 28,000 watts of power. Our 285 seat venue keeps every performance intimate and hosts many different types of events throughout the year.
The Theatre faculty have years of professional experience and continue to work in the professional theatre to keep up with that is happening. They bring that experience to the students and prepare them for either Graduate School or professional work in theatre. Students can explore their creative outlets and are encouraged to participate on both sides of the curtain. Our interdisciplinary program allows students opportunities that they would not get in larger programs.
The School of Arts and Humanities produces several main stage productions every season in the University Theatre. Plays are chosen from a wide variety of genres, including classics, modern American drama, musicals, and new works. Past seasons have included performances of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Betty's Summer Vacation by Christopher Durang and directed by Terry Martin (Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre in Addison), Euripides' Bakkhai, Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, Chekov's The Seagull, the Fantaskticks, R.U.R., The Foreigner, Tis' Pity She's a Whore directed by Raphael Parry (Executive Director of Dallas Shakespeare), I Hate Hamlet, Fuddy Meers, John Guare's House of Blue Leaves and a new adaptation of Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange, and other original performances and videos created by the Theatre Ensemble Production class and faculty.
Productions are directed by faculty of the School and guest directors from local area theatres. Auditions are held at the beginning of every semester, and productions are primarily cast from students enrolled at the University. Additional lectures and presentations about productions are often scheduled to enhance the students' understanding of the works and the process of production.
In addition to main stage productions, students are encouraged to produce and direct in other performance spaces as part of Senior Honors Projects and Independent Studies. Past performances have included David Ives' All in the Timing, a student production of Hamlet, Alice in Wonderland, and original works by graduate students. Students' productions range from fully staged performances to staged readings. All student productions must have a faculty sponsor who oversees the work.