Theatre production on campus is both academic and extracurricular. The Department of Music and Theatre Arts produces the Little Princess Playhouse. This children's theatre troupe, organized by Dr. Paul Leitner, produces several shows every semester and is an excellent working opportunity for education students interested in theatre for young audiences. Special Topics and Theatre Practicum classes also provide opportunities for you to engage in university theatre production under faculty guidance. You may also participate in national collegiate institutions such as the American College Theatre Festival.
The a target="_self" href="http://www.ship.edu/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&ItemID=7932">Theatre Minor at Shippensburg permits you to pursue further training in the theatre while allowing for other career interests. In fact, it can expand your career opportunities. The training available within a theatre curriculum enriches careers in elementary education, communication, and English. Students interested in business, marketing, or management may consider using the theatre minor to enter the field of arts management. The theatre minor can also become a primary or auxiliary area of concentration within the Interdisciplinary Arts degree, a unique program offered by Shippensburg University.
Shippensburg University graduates have been accepted into graduate theatre programs at Long Island University, Villanova University, and Oklahoma State University. Some have gone into successful academic theatre careers at schools like Husson University and the University of South Carolina.
A 3-credit internship is designed to apply classroom/studio training to production and is coordinated through faculty advisors. Internships may be extended outside the university. Recent internships include Lost Colony in North Carolina and the Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival.