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Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts

Our program of study is holistic: students learn different aspects of Theatre, their relationship to each other, and select particular courses to satisfy their individual goals and interests. As a result, students graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts with an integrated understanding that enables their critical thinking and their creativity. UIW has the only theatre program in San Antonio accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

Career Opportunities

An undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts is a valuable credential for students wishing to pursue graduate studies in Theatre or Drama as well as in many professional disciplines that recognize the importance of effective communication skills and creative problem solving. Some of our students go on to graduate studies, others to pursue a career in teaching; still others go on to work as performers, designers,and theatre technicians.


The Theatre Arts faculty truly commits itself to working closely and collaboratively with our students. This is a faculty with numerous professional theatre credits that participate in international theatre design exhibitions, and publish well-respected scholarship. But unlike some larger institutions ... our faculty puts teaching first.

  • Dr. Robert Ball, Professor and Chair (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin; Performance, Directing, and General Studies)
  • George Burnette, Technical Director and Theatre Technology (M.A., University of the Incarnate Word)
  • Sr. Germaine Corbin, Professor and Artistic Director of the Extended Run Players (Ph.D., University of Illinois, Champaign; General Studies)
  • Melissa Gaspar, Instructor (M.A., Brooklyn College; Design, Theatre Technology, and General Studies)
  • Vanessa Lopez, Costume Shop Supervisor (B.A. University of the Incarnate Word)
  • Margaret Mitchell, Professor, (M.F.A., University of Texas at Austin; Design, Theatre Technology, and General Studies)
  • Lucy Petters, Assistant Technical Director (B.A. University of the Incarnate Word)
  • Mark Stringham, Assistant Professor, (M.F.A., Ohio University; Performance, Directing, and General Studies)
  • Christine Young (Box Office Manager and Department Secretary)


The University of the Incarnate Word offers talent-based Theatre Arts Scholarships ranging from $500 to $4,000. These scholarships are renewable annually provided that their recipients make satisfactory progress towards their degree and participate satisfactorily in department activities and assessment procedures.


We provide our students with a strong foundation in the performing arts that enables them to pursue their educational or professional goals. We foster a lifelong appreciation for creativity, and a deep sense of human compassion - a vital part of the University's commitment to a student's development as a "whole person." We enrich the cultural, intellectual, and spiritual lives of our community.

Our annual production season of 4-5 plays offers students lots of opportunity to participate in and experience diverse drama - the very best in world drama of the past and present. Our students play an active role in our theatre season from play selection to performance and everything in between. Recent productions include classic plays by Shakespeare, MoliƩre, and Lope de Vega, contemporary plays like The Clean House, Far Away, Little Shop of Horrors, and Mary's Wedding, as well as Children's Theatre plays like The Nightingale and Jack and the Beanstalk.

Students have the opportunity to participate and have intergenerational experiences with the Extended Run Players (a group of senior citizens who give readers theatre performances on our campus and in the community).

Our facilities include a surprisingly intimate 270-seat proscenium arch theatre, and a flexible, studio theatre which seats up to 100 patrons. Safe, well-equipped scenery and costume shops support both theatres.

Special training opportunities are offered through workshops, coursework, and production collaboration with international, regional and local Guest Artists. Theatre majorswho demonstrate talent and skills in design (costumes, scenery or lights) can apply to serve as an assistant designer or a designer on fully mounted productions.

UIW Theatre Arts majors are encouraged to study abroad. Theatre Arts students can take advantage of various short term trips through the University, or spend an entire semester abroad. The University of the Incarnate Word Theatre Arts Department also has an exchange agreement with Toi Whakaari O Aotearoa, The New Zealand School of Drama.

Course Offerings

Theatre Appreciation
Introduction to Theatre
Intermediate Acting
Theatre Voice and Speech Studies
Basic Stage Make-up
Fundamentals of Directing
Theatre Practicum
Intro to Technical Production
Lighting Design
Costume Construction
Play Analysis
Dev. of Drama and Theatre I
Children's Theatre
Creativity in the Arts

Acting in Everyday Life
Beginning Acting
Advanced Acting
Stage Movement
Acting in Verse
Special Topics in Performance
Advanced Theatre Practicum
Intro to Theatre Design
Scene Design
Costume Design
Costume History
Dev. of Drama and Theatre II
Creative Dramatics
Senior Studio


Dr. Robert Ball, Chair of Theatre Arts University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway / UPO #22
San Antonio, TX 78209
Phone: (210) 829-3810 Email:

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