Perform stories that define human nature

Take center stage at Susquehanna and beyond in our theatre performance major.

You'll grow artistically as an actor. From critical analysis of dramatic literature, to authentic and powerful acting on stage, you'll develop in your craft beyond what you thought possible.

Explore characters that force you out of your comfort zone and learn something about yourself in the process. You'll focus on the tools you need to improve your acting. Our intensive acting classes are supported by coursework in theatre history and dramatic theory, enhancing your performances. Adding one of our interdisciplinary minors, like arts administration and women's studies, help you gain a better understanding of important topics in today’s world.

In ways more broad-based than fine arts degrees, you'll gain a better understanding of human communication and culture.

Opportunities abound

The department follows a professional model, preparing you for the environment you'll step into after graduation. Shows are produced by developing the strength of the ensemble, which helps you build collaboration skills with your fellow theatre practitioners.

Our students often begin performing on the main stage in their first semester.

  • There are four mainstage productions each year, including a student-directed show and a major musical, and six second stage productions
  • You'll collaborate with the Department of Music on their annual opera program
  • We offer a second stage season-experimental, edgy and fueled by students' artistic desires

Our faculty will help you find the right internships in theatres across the country. You will develop your professional experience resume and build your network so you can pursue an advanced degree or employment opportunities in acting or related theatre fields.

A Susquehanna education provides students with flexibility in coursework so they can conduct research, intern and study abroad. When it comes to your major, you’ll begin taking classes in your chosen program of study in your first year.  

Here are some of the courses that theatre performance majors take in their first few semesters at Susquehanna. 

  • Acting Fundamentals 
  • Western Theatre History 
  • From Page to Stage 
  • Acting II: Voice and Movement  

Download the current course catalog on this page to see the full list of classes and course descriptions for Susquehanna’s majors.  

Recent graduates have gone on to school at:

Bowling Green State University
California Institute of the Arts
Florida State University
Kent State University 
Illinois State University 
The New School, New York City
Ohio University 
Roosevelt University, Chicago College of Performing Arts 
University of Arizona 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
University of Houston 
University of Maryland at College Park 
University of Missouri-Columbia 
University of Pittsburgh
University of Texas – Austin
University of South Carolina
Villanova University
The Yale School of Drama

Recent graduates have gotten jobs at:

Arden Theatre Co.
ArtsPower National Tour
Berkshire Theatre Festival
Cirque du Soleil
Delaware Theatre Company 
Disney Cruise Lines
Glimmerglass Festival 
Merry-Go-Round Playhouse
NetWorks Productions (Broadway tours)
New Jersey Shakespeare Festival 
Playwrights Horizons
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival 
Portland Stage Co.
Syracuse Opera
Walnut Street Theatre
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company

Erik K. Viker, M.F.A.

Department: Theatre
Professor of Theatre

Email Address viker@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4548

Anna Andes, Ph.D.

Department: Theatre
Associate Professor of Theatre

andes@susqu.edu
570-372-4664

Caleb Stroman, M.F.A.

Department: Theatre
Assistant Professor of Theatre

Email Address stroman@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4056

Jeanne Tiehen, Ph.D.

Department: Theatre
Assistant Professor of Theatre

tiehen@susqu.edu
570-372-4671

Elizabeth Ennis, M.F.A.

Department: Theatre
Artist of Costumes

Email Address ennis@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4369

Darrell L. Willis

Department: Theatre
Adjunct Faculty in Theatre

willisd@susqu.edu

Contact Us

Department of Theatre

514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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Location

Degenstein Campus Center

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Phone & Email

Erik Viker, department head
570-372-4548
viker@susqu.edu

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