Engaged Theater

Engaged Theater takes what you’re learning in your courses and puts it into practice through internships, research, study away, winter term, career exploration, and beyond.

Here’s a sampling of recent projects, field experiences, and post-graduate destinations for theater majors.

RISE at Oberlin
Research. Internships. Study Away. Experiential Learning.

Ways Theater Majors Rise


  • “To Make You Feel Something: Analyzing Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ An Octoroon”
  • “Irish and African American Playwrights: Connecting Traditions”
  • “A Story Needing to Be Told: Discussion of Integrative Voice Use for the Crossover Performer”
  • “All the Stages of Our Lives: Dramatizing Stories with Men in Prison”


  • The Public Theatre, NYC
  • Classical Theatre of Harlem, NYC
  • San Francisco Playhouse
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
  • Ogunquit Playhouse, Maine
  • Eugene O’Neil Theater Center, NYC
  • Intiman Theater, Seattle
  • Goodman Theatre, Chicago
  • Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago

Study Away

  • Danenberg Oberlin-in-London Program
  • Great Lakes College Association’s New York City Arts Internships
  • National Theater Institute (Waterford, Conn.)
  • NTI’s Moscow Art Theater School Semester, Moscow
  • Trinity LaMama Program, NYC
  • Spring semester at NYU/Tisch, which includes separate programs in drama, design, film production, and musical theater
  • British Academy of Dramatic Art’s Shakespeare Intensive Program in London
  • Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
  • London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art
  • Prague Film Program

Experiential Learning

  • MAD Factory (music, arts, drama)
  • Oberlin Children’s Shakespeare Project

First Destinations of Recent Theater Majors

  • Positions:
    • Directing internship, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
    • Acting, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
    • Associate producer, Eye Boogie L.A.
    • Intern, Steppenwolf Theater
    • Intern, Second Stage Theater
    • Intern, Goodman Theater
    • News producer, NPR, Ask Me Another
    • Intern, Fringe Festival (Scotland)
    • Management interns, Actors Theater of Louisville
    • Intern, Marc Platt Studios in Los Angeles
    • Production staff, Juilliard
    • Actors, Dobama Theatre (Cleveland)
    • General manager, Dobama Theatre
    • Staff, Williamstown Theater Festival
    • Acting intern, Aurora Theater (Georgia)
  • Graduate Schools:
    • Juilliard (MFA in acting)
    • UCLA (MFA in acting)
    • Carnegie Mellon (MFA in arts management)
    • University of California San Diego (MFA in acting)
    • Pace University (MS in education, MFA in acting)
    • New York University (MFA in theater education)
    • Brown University (MFA in acting, stage management internship)
    • Yale University (MFA in acting, MFA in management, MFA in playwriting)
    • Northwestern University (MFA in playwriting)
    • CalARTs (MFA in costume design)
    • Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (graduate program in management)