“We operate on a very intense schedule for a small department. But the quality of our productions is very high, and we have gained a reputation in the larger community so our audience always expects excellence.” – Krista Hansen, MFA, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts
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.
Every student who works on a production, whether onstage or backstage, signs a contract. In it, the student agrees to properly prepare for and attend all rehearsals and performances. Contracts are rare in the student world, but they demonstrate just how professional Dominican productions are.
Theatre arts majors must also plan and execute a final senior performance/production project approved by the theatre arts faculty. Students may prepare a thesis role (with additional work assigned), direct a production, create a fully designed technical layout for a production, perform their own original performance material, or produce in-depth dramaturgical research on an assigned production. The final project may qualify a student to earn a degree with distinction.