A Message from the Chair About the Program
Make Theatre, Create Community
Welcome to the Theatre Arts and Performance Studies website! Thanks for stopping by to check us out. Theatre Arts and Performance Studies offers a major and minor in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, as well as core curriculum courses. An audition is not required in order to become a major or minor. Our program frames theatre within the liberal arts environment as a holistic educational experience through integrated practical and theoretical study. We offer broad-based theatre training in the following areas: Performance, Scenography, Theatrical Production as well as Performance Studies. In order to facilitate an understanding of the wider applications of theatre practice beyond the theatre proper, we encourage students to explore the relationship of performance to social and cultural practices both viscerally and intellectually. Additionally, we give students the tools and methodologies to investigate a range of theatre and performance practices in a variety of national, international, historical and contemporary contexts. Seizing the opportunity to explore interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collaborations with other departments, colleges, schools, centers and institutes in the USD community are hallmarks of our philosophical approach.
In production, we work in three different performance spaces (The Shiley Theatre, The Vassiliadis Family Black Box and the Studio Theatre); all very different in size and in the experience afforded the participants. We generally produce three to four shows a year and the entire university community is invited to participate in our work, for credit or just for the pleasure of the experience.
In addition to our professionally active faculty we engage renowned theatre practitioners who mentor our students by serving as directors or designers in season productions, guest speakers or special topic workshop leaders throughout the academic year. Through their course of study at USD, a Theatre Arts and Performance Studies student has the opportunity to cultivate translatable skills that will empower them to think critically, engage creatively, and collaborate effectively enhancing their life options and diversified employability.
Thanks for visiting and we hope to see or hear from you soon!