Academic Programs

Mission and Goals

Production shot from Flea

A Flea in Her Ear by Georges Feydeau

The Mission of the Department of Theatre Arts focuses on three main goals: to provide Theatre Arts majors with a strong, basic foundation in the performing arts that will enable them to pursue postgraduate educational and professional opportunities in Theatre; to enhance the general education of the University’s core curriculum; to enrich the cultural, spiritual, and intellectual lives of our community.

We provide Theatre Arts majors with a program of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre.  This program affords its graduates a thorough understanding of the art form; its performance conditions, representative dramatic literature, and major practices - past and present. Our students practice critical thinking, creative problem solving, collaboration and empathy, thereby assisting in their preparation for advanced professional study in a variety of fields that respect a well-balanced liberal arts degree. Upon completion of their degree, our graduates are prepared to undertake graduate studies in a variety of theatre related areas or to pursue careers in professional theatre.  

The Theatre Arts department views its production season as an extension of its educational program and a site of artistic and intellectual expression.  We present as many as five theatrical productions each year, and use the production season to teach diverse approaches and techniques as well as to demonstrate artistic collaboration. Participation in the production season is open to any student enrolled in UIW and encouraged of Theatre Arts majors. Through the production season, we provide all UIW students with the opportunity to participate in and to witness major dramatic genres, theatrical styles, and cultural expressions.

UIW is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre.