Overview

Why study theatre?

Because the world has stories to tell, and through analysis and production, we work toward a greater awareness of who we are, where we’ve been, and where we are going.

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduates may choose from 5 emphases: the B.A. or B.G.S with an emphasis in Theatre, Culture, and Society; the B.A. or B.G.S. with an emphasis in Performance; and a B.F.A. in Theatre Design. The concentration in Theatre, Culture, and Society acquaints students with the overall field of theatre and prepares them for possible graduate study in theatre. The concentration in Performance prepares students for professional work in theatre and for M.F.A. study in acting or directing. The B.F.A in Theatre Design is intended as general preparation for the professional designer of scenery, costumes or lighting working in theatre and/or film or as preparation for graduate studies.

The B.A., B.G.S. and B.F.A. requirements are quite different, so it is important to consult with a department advisor. Theatre production experience is provided through coursework in conjunction with the University Theatre.

Courses for Nonmajors

The department offers many courses open to non-majors who wish to learn more about theatre, including but not limited to THR 100, THR 106, THR 215 and THR 380.

Why study theatre?

Because the world has stories to tell, and through analysis and production, we work toward a greater awareness of who we are, where we’ve been, and where we are going.

Graduate Programs

The Department of Theatre offers graduate programs leading to a Master of Arts degree in theatre studies and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in theatre. In collaboration with the Department of Visual Art, the Department of Theatre also offers a Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre design with a concentration in scenography.

Contact Info

Department of Theatre

Murphy Hall
1530 Naismith Drive, Room 356
Lawrence, KS 66045-3103
785-864-3511
kuthr@ku.edu
http://www.theatre.ku.edu/
Mechele Leon, Chair
785-864-3511
mleon@ku.edu

Department of Theatre

Murphy Hall
1530 Naismith Drive, Room 356
Lawrence, KS 66045-3103
785-864-3511
kuthr@ku.edu
http://www.theatre.ku.edu/
Jeanne Klein, Undergraduate Coordinator
785-864-5576
kleinj@ku.edu

Department of Theatre

Murphy Hall
1530 Naismith Drive, Room 356
Lawrence, KS 66045-3103
785-864-3511
kuthr@ku.edu
http://www.theatre.ku.edu/
John Gronbeck-Tedesco, Director of Graduate Studies
785-864-3511
jgt@ku.edu
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