Theatre is offered as one of the four options for study that a student might choose within the Department of Communication and Theatre at Millersville. The theatre program enriches the liberal arts mission of both the Department and the University, and contributes in a number of significant ways to the “creative campus” atmosphere encouraged at Millersville. The goal of the program is to provide undergraduate preparation that balances academic training in theatre fundamentals with production work in a variety of styles in order to provide a broad background in theatre.
More traditionally, academic coursework in the classroom is combined with practical experience through participation in productions here on campus. Millersville University Theatre produces three mainstage shows annually rotating play choices to represent all of the major historical periods, Shakespeare, American classics, contemporary plays and musicals. Advanced students with interest and talent may have the opportunity to direct or design for major productions as a part of the University Theatre season or as a special project. Guest directors and designers regularly offer their talents in the production of plays on the University Theatre season.
In addition to the mainstage season, students involved in theatre at Millersville, through the student theatre organization called Citamard (that’s “dramatic” spelled backwards) organize activities to expand performance opportunities through one act plays, staged readings, playwrighting opportunities and the production of an all-campus musical. As part of their course of study, theatre students in both production and performance areas are able to get valuable, practical experience through co-ops and internships at the many regional theatres in the area.
Theatre performance facilities on campus include The Rafters Theatre, a 100-seat “black box” flexible theatre and a 50-seat studio theatre, both in Dutcher Hall. Beginning in the Fall of 2012, Millersville's new Visual and Performing Arts Center will feature theatre productions in a newly refurbished, 650 seat Lyte Auditorium. This proscenium space is also home to major lectures, concerts, the annual student-produced musical and touring companies.
Theatre support facilities include a well-equipped University Theatre scene shop in the Visual and Performing Arts Center and the Millersville Costume Shop. The Loeb Costume collection, a feature of this working shop, is one of this regions stock theatrical costume resources and includes over 15,000 costumes.
Technical and design students have frequent work opportunities at nearby professional theatres as production staff, contractors or crew.
The Theatre option is available as a Speech Communication minor. The Theatre minor is often combined with degrees in English Education, Music Education or other undergraduate courses of study.
See Academic Advisement list of majors for course descriptions and requirements.