In addition to the mainstage season, students involved in theatre at Millersville, through the student theatre organization called Citamard (that’s “dramatic” spelled backward) 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.