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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.



Theater Scholarship Weekend-Spring Semester

Date posted: January 19th, 2015

Now Registering!
Audition or present a portfolio for a full-tuition scholarship!
REGISTRATION is NOW OPEN for Case Western Reserve University Theater Department’s Theater Scholarship Weekend which will take place Friday, February 20 – Sunday, February 22.  The weekend provides prospective actors, directors, playwrights, designers, technicians and stage managers with an opportunity to spend the weekend attending performances on campus, meeting theater department faculty and students, […Read more]

Eldred Presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Date posted: October 29th, 2014

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

by Rachel Sheinkin and William Finn
November 14-23, 2014
Directed by Jerrold Scott • Musical Direction by Brad Wyner
Six quirky students compete in the annual Putnam County spelling bee, which is run by three equally quirky adults.  This musical brings out the nerdy competitor in all of us, and challenges the audience to see if they could do as well as the students! […Read more]


Date posted: October 20th, 2014

Auditions for the spring semester productions at CWRU’s Eldred Theater will be held from 6-8.30 pm on November 24, 2014, in the Eldred Theater. A small number of slots will be available on November 25 if the previous day should fill up, and call backs for the shows will be held that same night. A sign-up sheet will be posted in the Eldred Theater lounge. The auditions are open to the university community.
This spring’s productions are Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergen and The Learned Ladies by Molière. […Read more]

MFA Open House

Date posted: October 13th, 2014


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Rehearsing for Lefty

Date posted: September 29th, 2014

Paige Klopfenstein and production staff

Shouts and yells can be heard echoing through the hallways of Clark Hall as emotions peak during a rehearsal for the upcoming Eldred Theater production of Waiting for Lefty. Director and Case Western Reserve alumnus Timothy Koch (CWR ’08) leans in to examine a vignette, his head tilted as the actors continue a run-through of the 1935 play by Clifford Odets. There is no hiding from the intensity, but the production team seems to lean in further as the scenes reach a pinnacle and another set of actors takes over to begin the same emotional mountain climb. […Read more]


featured in art/sci magazine


The Department of Theatre 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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