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Earlham students are concerned about social justice, the environment and global community. Our majors and minors are encouraged to address these issues through their work in Theatre Arts.

Our curriculum provides learning opportunities in all major aspects of theatre. Academic theory is interwoven with practical application through student participation in several theatrical productions and in-class projects.

Six to ten annual departmental, senior project and student theatre company productions provide opportunities to perform, design, stage-manage, direct, produce and take on other leadership roles throughout the year.

Many Theatre Arts majors participate in off-campus programs including the New York Arts Program and Earlham’s London program.

The Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, which opened in Fall 2014, provides our students with a state-of-the-art studio theatre.


Two Theatre Arts students have been nominated for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival's Irene Ryan Award for their performances in The Boy in Black in Spring 2016. Another was nominated for a Certificate of Merit as director of the production.

Our alumni pursue graduate degrees at such top institutions as Yale University and New York University. Others have joined professional internship programs at the Actors Theatre of Louisville and Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago or joined theatre companies in Minneapolis, Seattle, St. Louis and San Francisco.

Still others use their creative, collaborative, critical and presentation skills in a variety of other fields, from business to law to teaching.