The University offers a bachelor of arts (B.A.) and a bachelor of science (B.S.) in theater.
The Theater Program provides a broad and solid foundation in the artistic, intellectual, and practical
aspects of theater that prepares students for professional careers as actors, playwrights, directors, and
designers. The program is also excellent preparation for graduate studies.
Coursework includes a core of theater courses—plus general theater electives. Students desiring a more specialized
program may choose one of the following concentrations in place of the general theater electives.
Design and technology concentration
Playwriting and dramaturgy concentration
An important feature of the program is its emphasis on blending classroom learning with practical
experience and extracurricular activities that result in exciting and challenging study.
Students benefit from small classes taught by faculty who foster a positive working and learning environment. Students are encouraged to collaborate, experiment, and take initiative in the development of new work—including new student-written plays, multi-media performances, or imaginative interpretations of established plays.
An active production schedule provides opportunities for students, at all stages of their college career, to act, direct, design, write original plays, and take on major technical responsibilities.
The department sponsors master classes, workshops, and lectures by visiting theater professionals from
all over the world, including noted actors, playwrights, directors, designers and technicians from New York,
California, Chicago, Indianapolis, Ireland, Trinidad, Germany, and Russia.
Crossroad Repertory Theatre, an in-residence professional summer theater company, offers students
the invaluable opportunity to work with theater professionals from throughout the United States.
Facilities include two theaters (a 240-seat proscenium theater and an intimate 200-seat theater), a laboratory rehearsal space, a computer laboratory for design and technical theater, primary scenic and costume studios, and a design classroom.
A number of activities and organizations enable students to interact with other students and
professionals. These include the Indiana Delta Chapter of Theta Alpha Phi, a national theater honors
Other opportunities include the University's Honors Program and study abroad opportunities—which range from summer programs to a single semester or a full academic year in over 56 countries.
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
In addition, the Department of Theater offers a number of scholarships and awards, including Creative
and Performing Arts Awards. For information about these awards, contact the department.
The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of
authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any
academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the
requirements at any time.