Our theatre program is strong, vibrant and accessible. Hiram theatre students gain experience in every aspect of a production, providing more learning opportunities than are available at larger universities. Majors and non-majors alike participate in performance and first-year students often earn leading roles in productions.
The Department of Theatre Arts produces two main stage plays every year, one in the fall and one in the spring. In addition, each semester provides opportunities for several student-directed projects, such as 10-Minute play readings, full-length play readings, one-acts, scene direction and other projects. Students coordinate and manage every facet of these productions, including the publicity, box office, set construction, costuming and, of course, acting.
In addition to on-campus theatre productions, Hiram students are encouraged to participate in an internship with a professional company. Recently, students have interned with the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Mass.; Kent State University’s Porthouse Theatre; the Cleveland Playhouse; and the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Mass. Each year, students immerse themselves in theatre culture by traveling with theatre department faculty to renowned festivals, such as the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and the George Bernard Shaw Festival, both held in Ontario, Canada. The department also makes occasional theatre trips to Toronto during fall weekend.
Opportunities for students
- Develop skills and knowledge in technical theatre/design, theatrical performance and theatre history/dramatic literature.
- Pair your theatre major with another discipline, thanks to our flexible program.
- Take classes like “History of the Movies,” “Storytelling in the Natural World” and “Puppetry.”
- Earn credit by performing in or working on a technical aspect of a show.