Theater offers students opportunities to study acting, directing, design and production, theater history and criticism, and playwriting within the broader context of a liberal arts education. Students participate in all aspects of performance, both artistic and technical.

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Theater faculty, who are accomplished professionals in their own right, teach a range of courses that nurture the natural and developing abilities of students, thus providing a sound liberal arts grounding in theory and practice of theater. Faculty support student-directed work and actively mentor them throughout their academic progress.

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Oberlin College is an ideal choice for students who are looking for a highly selective liberal arts school with a strong theater program committed to serious artistic training. Oberlin students have the flexibility of taking conservatory-caliber theater classes while simultaneously pursuing a broad, individually designed undergraduate education. Because of Oberlin’s dual emphasis on academic and artistic excellence, the college attracts multitalented individuals. Our students are our theater program’s greatest asset. Collectively, they make up a dynamic and mutually supportive artistic community like no other.

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Four women singing on stage at Karamu House in a production of Simply Simone

Academic by Day, Actor by Night: Afia Ofori-Mensa in 'Simply Simone'

September 14, 2017
Afia Ofori-Mensa deactivated her personal Facebook account, hoping to recover time she spent on the site to writing a book manuscript. Instead, Ofori-Mensa found herself playing a young Nina Simone in a production of 'Simply Simone: The Music of Nina Simone' at Karamu House in Cleveland.