Professional experiences and expectations put you in the spotlight

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. Join us and you’ll be active on the main stage in your very first semester. In fact, our productions couldn’t exist without you.

That’s because you actually run the production operations around here. Join forces with dynamic classmates and faculty who are actively working theatre professionals who truly value your input and artistry. Be part of the design and production of comedies, dramas, musical productions and edgy, experimental works fueled by your artistic vision. Learn about theatre operations on both sides of the curtain, including professional production management, design elements, play direction, audience engagement and patron services. And your work, your scenic designs, costumes, sound and lighting, all share the stage with the actors.

You will be working exactly as the professionals do because from your first semester you will take on the real-world responsibilities that stand out on resumes. Graduate ready for an amazing career in theatre operations, from stage management to front-of-the-house operations and everything in between. All these experiences at Susquehanna University build valuable connections too, opening doors around the country, around the world and reaching all the way to our graduates working in the bright lights of Broadway and the film industry in Hollywood.

of production/design students attend a conference with theatre faculty before graduation
of theatre studies students who apply to graduate school are accepted
of performance students are cast in a faculty-led production their first year

Mastering the art of stagecraft at Susquehanna

Get your talents onstage as early as your first year with real production experience. You can learn lighting design, makeup artistry, prop making, set construction and other valuable skills. See how we make our theatre shine.

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Potential Careers

  • Technical director
  • Special F/X Artist
  • Industrial lighting designer
  • Professional makeup artist
  • Event coordinator

Recent Employers

  • Penn State Harrisburg
  • TodayTix
  • New Brunswick Performing Art Center
  • Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble
  • Theatre Harrisburg

Susquehanna students light up the stage

Theatre is collaborative and practical by nature, and Susquehanna’s theatre majors get plenty of hands-on experience. By designing and building elements for real productions, they develop marketable skills for the diverse events and live entertainment industry.

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Studying for a Degree in Theatre Production and Design

Explore the courses you’ll take on your journey to earning a degree in theatre production and design at Susquehanna.

Explore other programs and opportunities

See the full list of related programs on the School of the Arts page.

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Anna Andes, department head