Department of Theatre

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

 

Master of Fine Arts in Acting


The Department of Theatre at USD offers both a major and minor in theatre, as well as Core curriculum courses. 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 and learning in the following areas: design, playwriting, performance and theatrical production.

We encourage students to explore the relationship of performance to social and cultural practices, both viscerally and intellectually. Seizing the opportunity to explore interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collaborations—with other departments, colleges, schools, centers and institutes in the USD community—is a hallmark of our pedagogical approach.

In addition to our professionally active faculty, we engage renowned theatre practitioners who mentor our students by serving as directors, designers, guest speakers and/or special topic workshop leaders throughout the academic year. Through a typical course of study at USD, a theatre student will cultivate a broad range of skills—which empower and inspire critical thinking, creative engagement, effective communication and generous collaboration—enhancing life options and diversifying employability.

Why Choose Theatre?

Diverse Theatre Exposure

Be exposed to more than one type of theatre from classical to commedia dell'arte to contemporary. This will deepen your understanding of how theatre relates to greater societal contexts.

Research Beyond the Stage

Conduct critical research to expand your education and add weight to your experience. We apply this to both performance and backstage work.  

Committed, Professionally Active Faculty

You'll work with working actors, directors, playwrights and designers who are approachable mentors that can provide guidance, industry connections and assistance throughout your professional career.

Multiple Theatres

USD has several theatres, which allows you to work in different types of settings. Some highlights include the Shiley Theatre, Studio Theatre and our Black Box Theatre.

Upcoming Theatre Events

March 2019

April 2019

  • Poets Linda Gregg, W.S. Merwin, and Mary OliverTuesday, April 30, 2019 // 12:30 p.m.Saints Tekakwitha and Serra Hall, Room 200, Humanities Center

May 2019

October 2019

  • Silent Sky ThumbnailThursday, October 24, 2019 // 7:30 p.m.Camino Hall, Room 131, Black Box Theatre
  • Blue background, multicolored dots and the words Silent Sky in yellowSaturday, October 26, 2019 // 4 p.m.Camino Hall, Room The Vassiliadis Family Black Box Theatre

November 2019

  • La chute posterMonday, November 4, 2019 // 7:30 p.m.Camino Hall, Room Studio Theatre
  • Next to Normal ThumbnailThursday, November 21, 2019 // 7:30 p.m.Sacred Heart Hall, Room Studio Theatre
  • Next to Normal ThumbnailFriday, November 22, 2019 // 7:30 p.m.Sacred Heart Hall, Room Studio Theatre
  • Next to Normal ThumbnailSaturday, November 23, 2019 // 2 p.m.Sacred Heart Hall, Room Studio Theatre
  • Next to Normal ThumbnailSaturday, November 23, 2019 // 7:30 p.m.Sacred Heart Hall, Room Studio Theatre
  • Next to Normal ThumbnailSunday, November 24, 2019 // 2 p.m.Sacred Heart Hall, Room Studio Theatre

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