From experience to expertise.
Theatre students become captivated by the subject after an experience of its delights — the applause, the compliments, the friendships, the sometimes-desperate efforts to beat a deadline, and the sense of accomplishment that follows. The theatre department at Valpo offers students a way to make theatre a deeper part of their lives.
The theatre department promotes theatrical excellence in a highly collaborative environment. Students work closely with their peers and with mentoring faculty — in the classroom, in the shops and studios, and in performance. Learn More »
Valpo offers students a wide range of studies including acting, dance, design, directing, production, technology, and writing. The study of dramatic literature is given special prominence in the curriculum. Students can also earn academic credit for participation in theatre productions.
Theatre majors leave Valpo with the qualifications and support to pursue a career in theatre. The department systematically trains students for outside auditions and introduces them to entertainment professionals through the Theatre Colloquium program.
Open to All
The department welcomes students of all majors to be involved in theatre life on campus. The department balances its resources to serve:
- Majors and minors who are preparing for careers in theatre or in industries where knowledge of theatre production is required;
- Students who take the academic courses to meet the general education requirements or who find courses in drama and dance to be attractive components of a liberal arts education; and
- Students who participate in faculty-supervised co-curricular theatre and dance productions as a way of enriching their lives.