The theatre arts program develops creative artists and technicians, theatre educators and scholars who are well prepared for applied professional work or study, graduate level academic pursuits, and for vital, informed teaching. Through multidisciplinary study and artistic collaboration, students will deepen their aesthetic sensibility, engage in rigorous intellectual and creative activity, and develop greater social awareness and responsibility. Students majoring in theatre arts must complete a concentration in one of the following areas: performance; design/technical; dramaturgy; theatre in education; or theatre studies.
The Dominican theatre arts program has two main performance spaces: Lund Auditorium, which seats 1,170, and Martin Recital Hall, which seats 180.
The department produces three main stage shows each year, plus two or three additional events, including a staged reading and a black box experimental theater performance.
Theatre arts majors are welcome to audition for parts upon arrival at Dominican, ensuring many opportunities to polish their craft. In fact, even nonmajors can audition for shows, though majors will be cast when possible.
The theatre arts department strongly recommends a double major or a minor in another field.
Within the theatre profession, career opportunities for Dominican theatre arts graduates are extensive. They include:
- Designer (lighting, sound, scenery, costume)
- Talent agent/scout
- Performance artist
- Casting director
- Film/print model
- Stage/combat artist
- Facilities/house manager
- Stage/company manager
- Box office administrator
- Audience developer
- Theatre public relations/marketing manager
Graduates who want to step outside the theatre world will also find themselves well-prepared to pursue substantive opportunities in the business, political and education spheres, too, including:
- Speech writer
- Motivational speaker
- Corporate trainer
- Arts educator
- Script writer for corporate and training videos