John B. Benitz, MFA, Chair
Professors: Benitz, Bradac, LeNoir, Nehring;
Associate Professors: Buckner, Guy, Washington;
Assistant Professor: Gabriel;
Instructional Assistant Professors: Campbell, Chappell.
Admittance to the theatre program is by audition/interview only. Students wishing to apply should contact the department for supplemental application requirements.
The mission of the Department of Theatre is to provide programs that empower students to pursue appropriate career paths, value artistic collaboration and reach their full potential.
The Department of Theatre offers three degree programs. The bachelor of arts program is a broad-based program encompassing directing, performance, dramaturgy, history, theatre management, production and technology. The B.A. requires 45-47 credits, which allows students to take electives in their area of interest and makes it possible to pursue double majors or minors. The degree provides excellent preparation for those who plan to attend graduate school and/or enter the field of teaching. The bachelor of fine arts programs are professional training programs that require 78 credits and are designed for students who plan to enter the world of theatre and film/television performance.
Students pursuing a degree in the Department of Theatre must maintain at least a 2.000 GPA in the major. All courses in the major must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a “C” (not a “C-“) or higher.
- A London theatre tour, New York tour and a summer tour of Europe.
- Mainstage theatre productions of various styles each semester.
- Student designed and directed One-Act plays.
- Location film work and television productions.
- Internships with Southern California film and theatre companies.
- Opportunities to act and work backstage in all aspects of production.
- The student-governed Coalition of Artistic Students in Theatre (CAST).
- A USITT student chapter.
The Department of Theatre awards departmental honors to students who have produced outstanding work in their area. Requirements for consideration are that the student have earned a departmental GPA of 3.750 or higher and an overall GPA of 3.500, exhibited a professional demeanor and made outstanding contribution of time and effort to the Department of Theatre.
DegreesBachelor of ArtsBachelor of Fine Arts