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The Theatre program at Roger Williams University is an exciting blend of theory and experiential learning. Students apply the academic in our active production program. The theatre program includes a major, a minor, and a Core Concentration. We offer the best of both worlds for theatre students--a broad liberal arts education with lots of opportunities to work on shows. While the production program is an integral part of the theatre major, it is open to all students in the University regardless of their major course of study. The same is true of membership and participation in the Stage Company, the student drama club.

The Roger Williams University Theatre program is unique in the range and breadth of its areas of study. It has a rich history, literature and body of critical theory as well as a number of skill areas where knowledge is put into practice. The program aims to provide each student with a well-rounded general mastery of all areas of the art of theatre. In addition, study of the theatre opens a window to the history of our society and culture in a variety of historical contexts. In keeping with the University’s mission, the Theatre Department offers a liberal arts theatre degree with a strong emphasis on practical learning and professional skills.

An important element in the overall design of the program is the semester-long London Theatre Program. Theatre majors spend the fall semester of their junior year in London under the direction of the Roger Williams theatre faculty and a group of English theatre professionals.

Many graduates of the theatre program pursue careers in a wide range of the theatrical arts: film, television and the live theatre, while others have become educators. Theatre graduates can be found teaching on all levels, from elementary to university. Increasingly, those students interested in professional or teaching careers continue their studies through advanced academic and professional degrees in graduate schools throughout the country. But as befits a liberal arts program, many of our students take the research, analytical, organizational, and communication skills that are fundamental to the theatre arts and apply them to a wide variety of business and creative pursuits. Regardless of their ultimate career paths, theatre graduates take with them a deep appreciation of theatre as an art and of its place in our culture.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • To achieve a general mastery of all areas of the theatre arts and an appreciation of the place of theatre in our world
  • To understand historical and global perspectives on the cultures of the world and the theatre’s place in those cultures
  • To cultivate necessary professional and life skills, such as communication, collaboration, self‐discipline, self‐discovery, self‐reliance, creative problem resolution, and critical thinking all aimed toward a heightened consciousness and appreciation of the human condition
  • To develop research, analytical, organizational, and communication skills that are fundamental to the theatre as well as to a wide variety of business and creative pursuits