Students majoring in Theatre learn all aspects of theatrical production from acting, directing, designing, writing and producing. Four mainstage productions are produced each year, two on campus in our new University Theatre and two in downtown South Orange at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC). An attractive and unique element of the program, students are immediately eligible to audition and participate in all productions, including mainstage shows, as early as first semester of freshman year.
Our Theatre faculty is comprised of scholars, classically trained actors, directors and accomplished set designers and is frequently supplemented by guest instructors active in the industry. Given the University's close proximity to Manhattan and the lights of Broadway, students take advantage of unparalleled internship opportunities both locally and in New York City. Many Theatre majors participate annually in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival under the guidance of a faculty mentor, where students receive personal feedback and networking opportunities.
From participation in College-produced productions to those produced by the student organization, the Theatre Council, to participation in multiple high-profile internships, most students graduate with a robust portfolio to share with prospective employers. Alumni from the Theatre program have meaningful employment and careers and can be seen onstage and behind the scenes in Broadway, Off-Broadway and local companies. Our alumni have appeared in Broadway productions including NETWORK and Clybourne Park, in television series like The Chi; employed as writer/performer NYC Comedy Pit, among others.