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The Department of Theater offers education and participation in all aspects of drama, with course offerings in acting, stagecraft, costume design, scene design, directing, screenwriting and playwriting. Students have the opportunity to perform on stage as well as to serve on the technical crews in mainstage theatrical productions each year. The high ratio of faculty to students ensures that students will be able to work closely with highly skilled professionals. The department treats all performances as educational experiences and welcomes the participation of all students regardless of their academic majors and career goals.

Actor education in the theater program prepares majors for career opportunities in the American theater. Graduates are employed nationally and regionally. The MFA in Acting Program, a collaboration between the university and The Cleveland Play House, represents a unique alliance between one of the oldest theater programs in the United States and the nation’s first regional theater.



Hollywood Reporter Magazine Recognizes Undergraduate Theater Program

Date posted: July 1st, 2015


Cleveland may be more than 2,000 miles away from Hollywood but that didn’t stop the CWRU undergraduate theatre program from getting in the pages of Hollywood Reporter magazine. The program made their list of the “Top 25 Undergraduate Drama Schools.” Read the article here and learn a little more about our Newton connection here.
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2015-16 Eldred Theater Season Announced

Date posted: April 20th, 2015

Artistic Director Jerrold Scott is pleased to announce the Eldred Theater 2015-16 Season:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare
October 2-11, 2015
Directed by Jayce Tromsness
In Shakespeare’s most popular play, his wit and wisdom are both present in glorious full-force.  Placing his love-struck, love-sick, and love-lorn characters deep in an enchanted forest full of rude fairies and rude mechanicals, he brings us face to face with our mortal foolishness and our foolish attempt to resist mortality. […Read more]

Eldred presents The Learned Ladies

Date posted: March 25th, 2015


The Learned Ladies by Molière
Directed by Ron Wilson
April 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m.
April 12 and 19 at 2:30 p.m.
Moliere’s brilliant and cutting satire turns academia on its head.  Two young lovers are kept apart by the young woman’s mother, who desires that her daughter marry a scholar of only the highest rate!
The production staff includes Scenic Design  by Jill Davis,  […Read more]

Actors from the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program production of “The Philadelphia Story” discuss the play.

Date posted: February 26th, 2015

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Eldred Theater presents Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan

Date posted: January 29th, 2015


Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergen
February 13-22, 2015
A twenty-something security guard tries to woo a rookie female cop but unexpectedly gets drawn into a murder investigation.  As the story unfolds, he is caught between his personal loyalty and doing the right thing.

The production team for Lobby Hero includes:
Director, David Vegh (theater faculty)
Scenic Design: Michael Roesch (guest artist)
Lighting Design: Jill Davis (theater faculty)
Costume Design: Angelina Herin (theater faculty)
UNDERGRADUATE CAST (in alphabetical order)
Nicole Corbin
Duncan Schulte
Jason Sleisenger
Ren Weeden

Box Office
Eldred Theater Box Office Address, […Read more]


featured in art/sci magazine


The Department of Theater was featured in the spring/summer issue of art/sci magazine. Click here to read the story The Word of the Play.

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