As a co-curricular activity of the College of Communication and The Arts' Academic Theatre program, the Seton Hall Theatre offers a wide variety of theatrical opportunities for students including the four annual faculty and guest directed main-stage productions, as well as productions produced by the Theatre Council.
The Seton Hall Theatre performs in two locations, at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) and on-campus in the Theatre-in-the-Round, a 200 seat performance space in the Bishop Dougherty Student Center. Similar to Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and the Circle in the Square in New York City, Theatre-in-the-Round offers a wonderful sense of intimacy and a chance to explore creative staging as well as set and lighting designs.
The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) space boasts a 415 seat proscenium space. Conveniently located in the heart of the Village of South Orange, SOPAC provides a performance outreach to the South Orange community.
Faculty and guest directed main-stage productions: All Seton Hall students are invited to audition for our main-stage productions which are chosen and directed by College of Communication faculty members. Any student regardless of major can volunteer to help backstage and in the scene shop. Several work-study positions are available.
The Theatre Council, a member of the Student Government Association, produces student-directed shows submitted by Council members. Working with their faculty advisor from the College of Communication and The Arts, the Theatre Council stages full length shows, one-acts, radio dramas, improv performances as well as the University Day children's production. The Theatre Council is open to all Seton Hall students.
Seton Hall Theatre has a rich and distinguished history led by the artistic direction of College of Communication faculty member Peter Reader. Professional actors such as Tony award winner Anna Manahan, Tony award winner Crystal Dickinson, Irish professional actors, accomplished alumni and Seton Hall students have all shared their talents with the Seton Hall community for over 45 years!