OWU theatre students study and experience all aspects of theatre and dance. Performance, production, history, and theory are all part of a comprehensive, liberal arts approach to the art form.
About the major
Theatre majors are expected to be involved in a production each semester. Close relationships with students and faculty arise from these rich experiences. In addition to classes and on-campus programs, majors are encouraged to take advantage of off-campus apprenticeships or study experiences during their junior year or first semester of their senior year. The OWU New York Arts Program provides excellent career-oriented experiences for those with acting, directing, design, production, or dance interests. Students focusing on theatre history or theory might consider opportunities in Europe.
You can synthesize your studies by completing a signature project. These capstone activities allow you to apply what you've learned to where you're going after graduation. Think senior art show, vocal or dance recital, directed research project, apprenticeship, or internship related to your major, or focused service learning activity. All under the guidance of faculty and with University support.
All senior Theatre and Dance majors must complete a capstone experience for credit.
New York Arts Program
You can spend a semester in a New York City internship, learning what you can do with your major in the real world.
Recently, OWU students have interned with the New York Shakespeare Festival, Broadway productions, the Strasburg Institute for acting, and award-winning off-Broadway company The New Group.
We regularly bring professional artists to campus to participate in productions, or offer master classes with students: recent visitors include performance artist-activist Tim Miller (pictured), original comedy writers/performance Cody Rivers Show, choreographer Claire Porter, performance artist Robert Post, Sleep No More performer Erik Abbott-Main, and the Inlet Dance Company.
This popular student-led comedy improv group performs regularly on campus, as well as area colleges & festivals. They hold a technique workshop every fall to train and recruit new members.
Theta Alpha Phi
Students and faculty earn membership in the national theatre honorary society by being involved in theatre/dance productions. The society sponsors trips to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada.