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Theatre Arts

Theatre examines the human condition through the collaboration of playwrights, actors, designers, directors, technicians, and stage managers. Audiences are entertained and enlightened--sometimes moved to laughter and sometimes brought to tears by the drama presented in live performance.

The UW-Eau Claire theatre program emphasizes a well-rounded curriculum offering students a strong academic background as well as practical hands-on experience. The curriculum focuses on the need for students to have a historical perspective and a contemporary understanding of all of the collaborative components of the art form and a working knowledge of how those components work together to reflect human values, experiences and accomplishments in order to challenge, entertain and enlighten audiences.

In addition to course offerings, students actively participate in production work in such areas as Acting, Directing, Designing, Stage Managing, Play Writing, Theatre Promotion and Technical Theatre. Practical experience is supported by a dynamic faculty who work closely with students and are active in their fields. Internships through professional and community theatre organizations also are available.

The department produces an active season that includes five main-stage productions, a Theatre for Youth touring production, student-directed Short Play Festivals, a New Playwrights Festival and a dance concert produced in facilities with state-of-the-art equipment. Our comprehensive theatre seasons expose students to a full range of styles, genres and periods, including comedy, tragedy and musical theatre. Opportunities for involvement in productions are open to all UW-Eau Claire students.

Students graduate with the knowledge and skills to successfully work in many areas of theatre or to pursue a graduate degree. The theatre curriculum and experience also provide students with a strong liberal arts background, giving them the communication skills, self-confidence and human insight to pursue careers in many fields.

The UW-Eau Claire Theatre Advantage

  • Hands-on experience
  • Close working relationships with faculty who are active in their fields
  • Well-rounded curriculum
  • Opportunities to design and direct
  • High-quality productions
  • State-of-the-art, fully equipped facilities,
  • including proscenium and thrust stages
  • Opportunity for student employment in theatre
  • Strong connections with music and dance
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Internship opportunities
  • Faculty-student collaborative projects

Contact Information

Richard Nimke
Director of Theatre
Haas Fine Arts, 174
(715) 836-2407


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