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Academics & Faculty

Course Work 

All theatre majors and minors complete a core curriculum that introduces them to the fundamentals of theatre practice and scholarship. The core curriculum consists of classes in acting, directing, technical theatre, design, history, and literature. Beyond the core, students have the flexibility to focus their studies in an area of emphasis, or to study a breadth of courses in all areas of theatre. Regularly offered elective courses include: scenic design, lighting design, costuming, stage makeup, stage movement, voice and diction, advanced theatre history, advanced acting, acting styles, stage management, drama-in-education, touring theatre, and theatre for youth. All theatre majors and minors are also required to complete practicum experiences in our shops and in productions. In addition, both comprehensive and liberal arts theatre majors complete elective courses in dance and music, as well as electives in related fields of study. Theatre education students complete a concurrent curriculum in the department of Education Studies, and complete work toward Wisconsin State Certification k-12.

Degree Program Outlines

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Degree Programs 

The UWEC Department of Music and Theatre Arts offers the following Liberal Arts degree programs in theatre:

Comprehensive Theatre Arts Major - 60 credits
Liberal Arts Major, Theatre - 38 credits
Theatre Arts Teaching Major, MCEA/EAA  - 36 credits
Theatre Arts Teaching Minor - 24 credits
Theatre Arts Minor Theatre Arts Teaching Minor, MCEA - 24 credits
Theatre Arts Teaching Minor, EAA - 24 credits


Students are actively employed in our scenic and costume shops; in addition, we employ students in publicity and as master electricians. A variety of scholarships are available through the department, including a theatre scholarship for incoming freshmen and transfer students. Information about employment and scholarships can be obtained from the Department of Music and Theatre Arts office.

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Faculty &  Staff

The UWEC Department of Music and Theatre Arts employs six full-time tenure-track faculty in theatre arts and two staff supervisors for our scenic and costume shops. In addition, the department employs a full-time tenure track faculty in dance, and extensive faculty and staff in music. Our theatre faculty are active professionals on and off campus, with areas of specialization in Acting, Directing, Theatre Education, Scenic Design, Lighting Design, Costume Design, and Technical Direction. You can read more about our faculty and staff at:


Jennifer Chapman, Associate Professor
      Theatre Education Specialist
      Director - Theatre for Young Audiences
      Drama in Education, Theatre History

Julie Fox, Assistant Professor
Kevin Gawley, Associate Professor
      Scenic and Lighting Design, Stagecraft

Arthur Grothe, Assistant Professor
      Directing, Acting, Stage Movement, Theatre Appreciation

Michelle Linder, Scene Shop Supervisor

Richard Nimke, Professor and Director of Theatre
      Musical Theatre, Acting
      Advanced Theatre History and Literature

Laura Oliver, Costume Shop Supervisor

Amanda Profaizer, Assistant Professor
      Costume Design, construction and history

James Zwicky, Assistant Professor
Technical Director



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