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The Department of Theater offers education and participation in all aspects of drama, with course offerings in acting, stagecraft, costume, 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.



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]

CWRU Theater Scholarship Weekend – Now Registering!

Date posted: September 29th, 2014

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 from November 21-23, 2014.  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, and auditioning or interviewing for full- and partial-tuition scholarships. [...Read more]

All-Department Meeting!

Date posted: August 27th, 2014

Interested in learning more about the Department of Theater?  Want to know about opportunities to audition, work backstage, declare majors or minors, and just learn about available courses?  Come to the annual all-department meeting at 4:00 on Wednesday, August 27, in the Eldred Theater.  If you’re new, it’s a great chance to meet faculty and staff, graduate and undergraduate students, and learn about what we’re doing for the coming year and how you can get involved! [...Read more]

Auditions for Eldred Theater

Date posted: August 8th, 2014


Auditions for the fall semester productions at CWRU’s Eldred Theater will be held September 2nd and 3rd from 6-8.30 p.m. in Eldred Theater. A sign-up sheet will be posted in the Eldred Theater lounge at the beginning of the semester. The auditions are open to the university community.
This fall’s productions are Waiting for Lefty by Clifford Odets, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, book by Rachel Sheinkin and music and lyrics by William Finn. [...Read more]


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Spend Your Spring in London

Studios entranceCWRU in London students will have the unique opportunity to pursue a rigorous academic study of European theater history at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), while sharpening their theatrical skills through classes in voice, clown, physical performance, dance, combat, and singing, all supported by tutorials and seminars. Read More.