Education and innovation take the stage together

If you want theatre as the cornerstone of your undergrad experience, this academically rigorous, broad-based course of study is for you!

Connect fresh audiences to the power of theatre and re-invigorate seasoned participants with new works and exciting approaches to well-known plays.

Learn about theatrical theories, best practices, historical challenges, and the great artists and thinkers of yesterday who make today's performances meaningful.

Classes range from acting to production and design courses. Combined with history and dramaturgical work, you'll have a better understanding of human communication, culture and the place theatre has in the world.

Follow your own path

Combining general theatre studies with your focused area of interest will help you prepare for graduate school or jobs in theatre outreach, education, and audience development. Adding one of our interdisciplinary minors, like women and gender studies and arts administration, help you gain a better understanding of important topics in today’s world.

Our students intern around the country in preparation for their professional careers-careers that have included work with The Blue Man Group, Playwrights Horizons, the Utah Opera Festival and Walnut Street Theatre.

With more flexibility than the performance and production majors, theatre studies students take acting classes and perform, help manage the nuts-and-bolts of production, and publicize exciting new plays to the greater community, while digging deep into the stories that make theatre important. Careers in dramaturgy, literary management, casting, patron services, or education await the student who chooses theatre studies.

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 studies majors take in their first few semesters at Susquehanna. 

  • Acting Fundamentals 
  • From Page to Stage 
  • Theatrical Design Fundamentals 
  • Introduction to Dramatic Literature  

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
Phone Number 570-372-4548

Anna Andes, Ph.D.

Department: Theatre
Associate Professor of Theatre

Caleb Stroman, M.F.A.

Department: Theatre
Assistant Professor of Theatre

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4056

Jeanne Tiehen, Ph.D.

Department: Theatre
Assistant Professor of Theatre

Elizabeth Ennis, M.F.A.

Department: Theatre
Artist of Costumes

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4369

Darrell L. Willis

Department: Theatre
Adjunct Faculty in Theatre

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