Theatre

Disciplinary Major or Minor
(Bachelor of Arts)

Professors — Jeffrey Entwistle, Laura Riddle
Associate Professors — R. Michael Ingraham (chair), Kaoime Malloy, John Mariano
Lecturer — Denise Carlson-Gardner

Students pursuing the bachelor’s degree in Theatre will choose one of four areas of emphasis:

  • Performance (acting/directing)
  • Design/Technical Theatre
  • Musical Theatre
  • Theatre Studies

Each emphasis provides a rigorous artistic/academic environment for the study and production of all forms of theatre. Techniques learned in the classroom are applied in production work giving students an abundance of practical experience. Each year a combination of classic, modern, experimental and musical theatre pieces are selected to give students a diverse background in dramatic literature and styles.

The interdisciplinary focus of the University is an ideal setting for the highly collaborative study and practice of theatre. Many of our productions involve collaborations with University academic programs and student or community organizations. Theatre majors must complete an interdisciplinary minor.

Theatre faculty members at UW-Green Bay believe that the best way to learn theatre is to create theatre. Students are encouraged to participate in the four mainstage (faculty directed) productions each year. Studio (student directed and designed) productions provide additional opportunities for involvement. Casting and production work is open to all students and practicum credit is available for work on mainstage productions. The Theatre program is an active participant in the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival, a national organization in support of excellence in university theatre.

Campus facilities in Theatre Hall include the 450-seat proscenium University Theatre, the black-box Experimental Theatre, acting and dance studios, a CADD design lab and scene and costume shops. The Weidner Center for the Performing Arts includes as additional performing arts spaces the 2,000-seat Cofrin Family Hall and Jean Weidner Theatre, a 100-seat flexible performance and classroom space.

Students receive quality training from working professionals enhanced by guest artists, master classes, and a biannual travel course to Broadway.  Student theatre and dance organizations sponsor trips to regional theatres, seminars and workshops, and the annual Danceworks concert showcasing student choreography and dance in a wide variety of styles.

UW-Green Bay Theatre graduates typically pursue internships and jobs in the entertainment industry. Students are encouraged to pursue such opportunities in the summers before graduation and advanced course work in audition and portfolio prepares them for the competitive challenges ahead.