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
Contact

Kathleen Drennan

Administrative Assistant 440-775-8152

Why Study Theater at Oberlin?

4
Performance Venues
10
Productions per year
10
Study Away Programs

Upcoming Theater Events

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 Faculty

Theater faculty are accomplished professionals in their own right. They 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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“The artistic landscape of Oberlin College is vibrant, diverse, and exciting. All of our departments—dance, cinema studies, art, and creative writing as well as theater open the door for students to explore multidisciplinary arts projects, often working with each other and students from the Conservatory of Music.In our classes and productions, students are drawn from across the college.”

Caroline Jackson Smith, Professor of Theater and Africana Studies
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