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Majoring in Theatre When you choose a liberal

arts college, you make a choice

to learn about the world by studying a breadth of disciplines that offer perspectives on what it means to be a citizen in our

global society. You soon discover that life is complex and interconnected, and that no major stands alone. We believe that a liberal arts education is the finest preparation for a theatre student because we want our emerging actors, designers, technicians, and arts managers to be curious

about the

world—the source of the stories we tell on our stages. A major in theatre at the University of Mary Washington prepares you for life beyond college. Whether you work in the professional theatre, pursue a related field, or continue your studies with professional training or graduate school, the liberal arts education you receive at the University of Mary Washington prepares you to pursue your dreams. Our theatre major is

customizable and flexible. You can design a program that allows you to concentrate in the area of your greatest

interest, and pursue a double major or obtain a teaching license if you wish.


of UMW students attending the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York Internship Fair received summer offers from theatre producers.

“I have been given amazing opportunities by our excellent faculty and staff. Their commitment to my education has helped me imagine a career in the professional theatre.” – Will Chaloner ’13

“The theatre department has a strong sense of community. I love being here.” – Bess Ten Eyck ‘13

“This department has allowed me to explore many different areas of theatre that I wouldn’t have expected to like. It’s given me the opportunity to go from marketing to acting to lighting design, and that has helped me appreciate and enjoy every aspect of theatre. I don’t believe that I would be as interested in theatre as a whole if it weren’t for the course work and experience I had in this department.” – Taylor Williams ’11

853 students participated in theatre productions last season—onstage and backstage—building scenery, running performances, stitching costumes, acting, assisting directors and designers, selling tickets and creating online and print marketing campaigns.

Minoring in Musical Theatre The department offers a performance-focused interdisciplinary minor builds skills in vocal

minor in musical theatre. This

performance, dance, and acting.

While you may pursue the minor regardless of your major, theatre majors may choose to minor in musical theatre to create a formal specialty within the major.

Preparing to Teach In partnership with the College of Education, the department offers students the opportunity to pursue secondary

licensure in theatre as an additional

endorsement, as well as a PreK-12 theatre licensure pathway. These professional licenses are five-year

programs from which students graduate with both

a bachelor’s and a master’s

degree. Like the theatre major, the licensure

programs combine classroom study with practicum, during which students get classroom experience in local schools.


After spending a summer in the highly competitive CAP21 Summer


Professional Musical Theatre Training Program, Anissa Felix ’13 was invited to participate in Springboard NYC, a prestigious program that prepares emerging theatre artists to begin their professional careers.

Our students have the unique opportunity to develop and

produce an entire second stage season in Studio 115. Each semester, the Studio 115 Committee (composed entirely of students) selects projects to be performed in our flexible black box theatre. Although supervised by faculty mentors, these projects are sometimes student-written and are always student-directed,

acted and designed. The theatre hosts six to eight projects every semester, ranging from scenes and one-acts to fulllength plays and musicals.

Every theatre major completes THEA 482: Senior Project, a semester-long individual creative or research project that provides a capstone to the UMW academic career. Students pursue independent

projects that build upon their

academic and artistic accomplishments and reflect what they’ve discovered about themselves. Anissa Felix ’13


Our theatre complex includes the intimate 233-seat

Klein Theatre, home of our mainstage work, and Studio 115, our flexible black box theatre. Both theatres boast state-of-the-art

lighting and

sound systems and share an impressively equipped scene shop, costume shop, lighting and sound lab, computer-aided design (CAD) lab, management lab, and acting studio. Our students also take classes in the Goolrick Dance Suite, featuring fully equipped studios with floating floors and impressive sound systems. Each year, students and faculty collaborate on four mainstage productions and eight to 12 studio projects to create a season that challenges our students while

showcasing their craft.

We believe that you learn theatre by doing it. Our classes support our impressive


production program that offers our students excellent opportunities onstage, backstage and front-of-house to apply what they learn in our classrooms, beginning in their first year at UMW. Learning is a constant – in and out of the classroom – as students work with our faculty in every aspect of theatre production. Whether your interest is acting, scenic design, lighting design, costume design, stage management, sound design, directing, costume construction, scenic technology, or theatre management, UMW’s Department of Theatre and Dance has a place for you!

Just to name a few...



• Little Shop of Horrors • Bat Boy: The Musical • A Midsummer Night’s Dream • She Stoops to Conquer • The Laramie Project • Into the Woods • Godspell • Proof • The Shape of Things • RENT • Our Town • Nunsense • Dancing at Lughnasa • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee • The Tempest


Fashion History

Individual Study

Acting Styles

Stage Management


Introduction to Acting

Theatre Management

Senior Project

Musical Theatre Performance

Ideas in Performance

Voice and Body Movement

Introduction to Theatre Design


Costume and Clothing Construction

Special Studies in Theatre (topics vary each semester in performance, design, literature, directing, history, and theatre technology)



Fabric Modification

Modern Dance

Dramatic Literature


History of Theatre

Dance Improvisation

Technical Production Theatre Crafts Stage Makeup Lighting Design Scene Design Costume Design Scene Painting

Introduction to Theatre Theatre Practicum

Students active in theatre productions register every semester for THEA 390: Theatre Practicum. This experiential learning course lets students get credit for their production responsibilities onstage, backstage, and front-of-house.

“I began my career as soon as I graduated, thanks to the great experiences I got at UMW. I know how lucky I am to have learned from such a talented and dedicated group of faculty.” – Jess Johnston ’06 “I rely every day working in the professional theatre on so much of what I learned at Mary Washington. The faculty was the best.” – David Spry ’08

Learn from our Guests

Arena Stage

Signature Theatre

Studio Theatre

Woolly Mammoth Theatre

Shakespeare Theatre Company

Ford’s Theatre

Our students learn from professionals who bring the experience of their distinguished careers to workshops, discussions, and master classes on campus. Guest artists enhance our production program by collaborating with our faculty and students as directors and designers each season. Previous guests have included playwright and actor Megan Terry, renowned scene designer Ming Cho Lee, noted costume designer Susan Tsu, avant-garde playwright Maria Fornes, solo performance artist Holly Hughes, acclaimed actors Nancy Robinette and Ed Gero, activist Eve Ensler, and the celebrated director Michael Kahn.

Experience the professional theatre. Washington, D.C., has emerged as a world-class theatre city, and the Department of Theatre and Dance connects our students to this vibrant community by hosting class trips to

professional theatre performances. The department sponsors trips to Arena Stage, the Shakespeare Theatre, the Kennedy Center, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, and other theatres throughout the metropolitan areas. Artist talkbacks are often arranged for our students.

Ideas in Performance is a popular inquirybased class in which students do field research in New York City. Students meet and interview theatre professionals, explore advanced training, participate in workshops, and see a full range of Broadway and off-Broadway theatre. These extraordinary opportunities allow students to articulate their professional goals while experiencing New York City at its best.

Guest Choreographer, Samantha Reynolds ’09

“I am overwhelmed by how much I am learning. Ideas in Performance was amazing—going to 15 shows, meeting Broadway actors, talking with talent agents and casting directors, visiting with alumni backstage—I can’t imagine getting this kind of experience at any other university.” – Carly Maalouf ’12

See the Future

Our Talented Faculty

Many graduates enjoy careers with acclaimed institutions: Ford’s Theatre

Six full-time and six adjunct faculty members, along with five professional staff, bring an impressive array of professional and academic accomplishments to their work with our students. Our teaching faculty pursue active professional careers and bring real-world insight to their classrooms, studios, shops, and rehearsal rooms, allowing students to connect theory and practice to building a career in the theatre. Teaching is a priority at the University of Mary Washington; you will not find a faculty more committed to teaching and mentoring.


Indiana University

New York Theatre Workshop

University of New York at Stony Brook

The Shakespeare Theatre Company

University of Wisconsin Madison

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

City University of New York

New Jersey Shakespeare Festival

University of Maryland College Park

Brandeis University

University of North Carolina Greensboro

Paper Mill Playhouse

Columbia University

Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble

University of Iowa

Studio Theatre

North Carolina School of the Arts

Donna Deseta Casting

Cincinnati Conservatory of Music

Signature Theatre

Rutgers University

Snapple Theater Center

The Actors Studio Drama School

National Endowment for the Arts

University of New Orleans

Central Casting

Virginia Commonwealth University

Dance Theatre Workshop

University of Virginia

University of Tennessee

George Mason University

John F. Kennedy Center for the

American University

Performing Arts

– Jenna Doolittle ’07

University of Richmond

Baylor University

Harvard University

The Catholic University of America

New York University

Joffrey Ballet Arena Stage Washington Opera CBS News New England Foundation for the Arts Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center MTV Utah Shakespearean Festival California Shakespeare Theatre

“The support of the faculty is amazing. From help outside of class to preparing for professional auditions, the faculty is there for you every step of the way.”

Our graduates have continued their educations at institutions including:

Barter Theatre Dodger Theatricals Actors Theatre of Louisville

Choosing a college can be a difficult process. Why not spend some time with us as you make up your mind? We would be happy to host you and your parents for a campus visit. We can arrange a tour of the campus and our facilities, tickets to a current production, and visits with students and faculty. There is no better way to get to know UMW than by seeing for yourself how our students and faculty work together to create extraordinary theatre for our audiences. If you are interested in learning more, or in scheduling a time to visit, call Gregg Stull at 540/654-1980, email, or write: Department of Theatre and Dance

University of Mary Washington 1301 College Avenue Fredericksburg, VA 22401-5358

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