scene fro play "The Bluest Eye"
Scene from theatrical adaptation of "The Bluest Eye." Photo credit: John Seyfried
Program Type:
  • Major
  • Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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 engage in all aspects of performance, both artistic and technical.

Program Director

Caroline Jackson Smith

Professor of Theater and Africana Studies
Department Affiliation

Kathleen Drennan

Administrative Assistant 440-775-8152

Why Study Theater at Oberlin?

Performance Venues
Productions per year
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Sample Courses

  • THEA 100 - Acting 1: Fundamentals 4 credits
  • THEA 260 - Lighting Design 4 credits
  • THEA 319H - Acting & Directing for Camera 2 credits
  • THEA 333 - From Stage to Screen 4 credits

Theater News

4 people in white shirts who are part of Angels in America play

Matthew Wright Brings Angels to Life

May 14, 2018
The Oberlin community had the opportunity to see Angels in America, the two-part, award-winning play that centers on New York City during the 1980s AIDS crisis. Producing this play has long been an ambition of Professor of Theater Matthew Wright.