Professional experiences and expectations

Get hands-on experience in a wide range of production and design disciplines to refine your interests, hone your skills, and prepare you for a lifetime of creativity in theatre.

You'll work like the professionals do, and you will assume responsibilities that stand out on resumes.

Students just like you run most of the production operations here. Our productions couldn't exist without student dedication.

Our hands-on production labs are small and focused on your development. And our productions rival any conservancy program in scope and quality.

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
  • 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

Set the scene for your career

Our graduates are working in the bright lights of Broadway and the film industry in Hollywood.

Everything from stage management to front of the house operations is preparation for your amazing theatre career. Your input and artistry are valued by our faculty who are working theatre professionals. And the work you do—your scenic designs, costumes, sound and lighting—shares the stage with the actors.

Learn about theatre operations on both sides of the curtain including professional-style production management, execution of design elements, play direction, and engaging with the theatre-going public in patron services.

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

Check out all your options! View the academic catalog.

The academic catalog is the compilation of all the amazing classes and programs being offered at Susquehanna during a given academic year.  For more information about the courses being offered, programs available, and much more, download the catalog and dig in.

See the 2020-2021 Academic Catalog
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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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