Why Study Theatre
The Theatre Minor at Shippensburg University enables you to gain a
general knowledge of acting and theatre history as well as performance
and/or production experience. The collaborative nature of theatrical
work provides you with important life skills applicable to all careers.
The dynamics of working within a group, the importance of commitment and
dedication to a task, and the discipline and rewards of hard work are
lessons the theatre teaches in a very practical way.
Why Study Theatre at Ship
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 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
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.
Shippensburg University theatre graduates have found professional employment in troupes such as:
- Alabama Shakespeare Festival
- BLUE MAN GROUP
- Marin Shakespeare Company
- Philadelphia Orchestra
- Walnut Street Theatre
Summer theatres such as the Lost Colony in North Carolina, the
Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival, and Totem Pole Playhouse offer our
graduates and current students employment opportunities and practical
Former Shippensburg art major and theatre minor alum Tom Reing, is
the founder and artistic director of the Philadelphia-based theatre
company, INIS NUA, a company devoted to producing cutting edge, contemporary Irish, English, and Scottish drama.