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Theatre

By studying theatre in a Christian liberal arts setting, where interdisciplinary learning is prized, students have a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a richly collaborative atmosphere where artistic creativity and production skills join forces with literary, philosophical, religious, social, and analytical ideologies.

  • Theatre majors are involved in all aspects of theatre, including: acting, costuming, directing, painting, lighting, stage managing, promoting, building, designing, researching, and teaching. 

    As a theatre major, you will: 

    • Work in a creative team of storytellers to build a production from text to live performance.
    • Engage your academic work in small-sized classes and individualized advising.
    • Understand the opportunities and challenges of a Christian vocation in theatre.
    • Discover applications of your theatre skills, knowledge, and creativity to other areas of interest and endeavors.
    • Get connected to Milwaukee’s thriving theatre community.
    • Join a growing body of WLC Theatre alumni at work in theatre and arts organizations.
    • Become a Christian leader in the world.

    What Makes the Program Distinctive?

    By studying theatre in a Christian liberal arts setting, where interdisciplinary learning is prized, students have a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a richly collaborative atmosphere where artistic creativity and production skills join forces with literary, philosophical, religious, social, and analytical ideologies.


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  • ACADEMIC FACILITIES AND RESOURCES

    The activities of the theatre department are housed primarily in the Center for Arts and Performance. The Raabe Theatre serves as the “mainstage” of the production program. The Blackbox Studio Theatre is the principal location for performance classes, while also serving as an alternative production venue.

    Support areas include the scene shop, costume shop, prop and costume storage, and furniture storage. The mezzanine level is home to the Raabe and Blackbox studio control booths, theatre design lab, faculty offices, and the theatre resource room, which contains a script and periodical library, conference table, and DVD-PC with 60" TV monitor.

    BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

    Production Program

    The production programs of the department offer numerous co- and extracurricular opportunities for all students in the college. It is our vision that through engagement with vital theatre experiences, all of our students will seek to thrive as active audience members for the rest of their lives ‒ contributing to, and therefore affecting, the broader culture in which we live.

    Special Events

    Throughout the year, there are a number of opportunities for students that are not directly curricular or related to the mainstage production program. These have included student-initiated performances, class showcase performances, senior showcase performances, video/film productions, and performances for chapel. At least once per semester there are educational opportunities sponsored by the department. These have included guest speakers and guest artists, professional theatre artists holding master classes, lectures and demonstrations, and alumni who are working professionally and return to share their experiences.

    Internships

    While a formal internship is not required, many WLC Theatre students have held internships at area theatre companies. Internship credit has also been arranged for summer theatre experiences. Specific internship opportunities are publicized to theatre students. Both the Theatre Department faculty and the Career Development Office will assist students in the internship process.

    GRADUATE SCHOOL AND CAREERS

    Graduate School

    Some WLC theatre graduates have chosen to pursue a master's degree at such schools as Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and West Virginia University.

    Career Options

    Graduates of WLC's theatre major have gone on to become producers, actors, directors, company managers, house managers, reservation managers, directors of student theatre programs, development managers, theatre instructors, and costume designers. Alumni have worked at American Players Theatre, Quincy Community Theatre, Sunset Playhouse, Monomoy Theatre in Massachusetts, Arts Council of South Wood County, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Milwaukee Ballet, Ten Chimneys Foundation, the University of Central Missouri, and the McLeod Summer Playhouse in Illinois.