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Theatre Overview 

Are you a performer? Have you always wondered about what happens backstage during a production? As a theatre student, you’ll have the all-access pass to learn first-hand how costumes, make-up, set building, actors, directors and music all come together to create incredible and meaningful moments on the stage.

Crafted with an 18-credit hour curriculum, a theatre minor is easy to add to most majors. A Theatre minor can serve as a useful addition to a major such as music, music therapy, art, psychology, business, education or other fields. This minor can be completed by campus and online students.

Theatre has a very long history at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. From musicals to drama, comedy and original plays to unique interpretations of Shakespeare, students across campus have opportunities to engage in the arts through theatre. As a theatre student, you’ll have access to the costume storage and make-up rooms in the historic Conservatory of Music, the Little Theater in Guerin Hall for one-act student productions or Drama Club events, the Green Room and guidance from experienced staff and instructors.

Minor curriculum – 18 credit hours

Interested in majoring in theatre? An individualized major is available to you. While not offered in the general curriculum, a major in theatre can be put together through various consortium agreements and individualized customization. If you are considering a theatre major, contact us today to discuss your options.


What is theatre, and what can you do with a degree in it?
Theatre is a performing art that utilizes live performers. As a liberal arts institution, theatre opportunities at SMWC provide each student with a unique means to access increased self-awareness, refined observational skills and empathic interpretations of the human condition. There is a wide variety of careers available in the theatre industry, including:

  • Performance
  • Directing
  • Event specialist
  • Theatre technician
  • Production assistant
  • Education
  • Writing

What support and resources are provided at SMWC?
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) provides exceptional, personalized learning resource services to encourage student success. The LRC offers help with a range of academic support services, including a writing center, tutoring, college success courses and more.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is routinely ranked by US News and World Report among the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest and the Best Value Schools. Our departments are also routinely ranked for their individual degree programs. See the SMWC Difference: