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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Theatre

Degree Programs


Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Theatre at the University of Denver!

Our department has been one of the best-kept secrets in undergraduate theatre for several years now. Our growth in recent years has been extraordinary, but while we're getting bigger, we still pride ourselves in offering students a personalized experience that enriches their lives and their careers.

That's why we help students gain broad-based skills in theatre production and develop creative-thinking skills that will be invaluable after they graduate—whether they decide to pursue theatre professionally or move into other careers.

Engaged faculty

Our faculty members are truly engaged in theatre. When not teaching or in production here on campus, many of us can be found collaborating with a variety of local, regional and national companies. Here's a sampling of the organizations we're affiliated with:

  • Denver Center Theatre Company
  • Boulder Ensemble Theatre
  • Paragon Theatre
  • Curious Theatre
  • Great River Shakespeare Festival
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • O'Neill Theatre Center

A hands-on, broad-based approach

As a vital part of the outstanding liberal arts educational experience here at DU, we offer a comprehensive, hands-on approach to theatre training. The strength of our department is based in a commitment to:

  • collaboration and independence
  • curiosity and critical thinking
  • bravery,respect and leadership
  • creative problem-solving and responsibility

From acting to costume design and publicity—our students learn it all

Each theatre major participates in every facet of theatre-making during their four years here, gaining a broad perspective of the theatrical arts. That means, in addition to acting, each theatre major is required to:

  • design
  • direct
  • manage
  • build
  • write
  • produce

By their junior/senior year, most students specialize in one specific area of emphasis. Within the 60 credits required for the major, students can take 35 credit hours of courses in a focus area such as production management or design management and technology.

Before graduation, every theatre major demonstrates the theatrical skills, techniques, perspectives and styles that define our program by creating their own senior capstone production.

Personalized experience

Our small class sizes, individual mentoring and 9:1 student/teacher ratio make for a personalized experience for students.

Commitment to opportunity

We also offer competitive, merit-based, renewable scholarship assistance ranging from $20,000 to $40,000, spread over four years. And we provide funds for DU theatre students who study abroad, giving them an opportunity to attend theatrical performances overseas.

Finally, to give theatre students a broad-based educational experience and opportunities for involvement, we offer varied course offerings, departmental productions, capstone productions, staged readings, independent student projects, guest artist workshops and professional intern partnerships.

To learn more about the Theatre Department at DU, contact us with any questions or to set up a visit.

I look forward to you becoming a part of Theatre Department at DU—an artistic home that we create together.

Rick Barbour, Chair
Department of Theatre
University of Denver