The Department of Theater at Case Western Reserve University offers education and participation in all aspects of drama, with course offerings in acting, stagecraft, costume design, scene design, directing, dramatic writing, history, literature, and criticism. Bachelor of Arts students have the opportunity to perform as well as to serve on the design and technical teams in four fully produced mainstage theatrical productions each year. The low student to faculty ratio ensures that students are able to work closely with our faculty of highly accomplished artists and scholars. As a discipline that is both performing art and humanity, the department treats all performances as artistic and educational experiences, and welcomes the participation of students regardless of their academic majors and career goals.

At the graduate level, the Master of Arts degree prepares students for work in professional theater, education, or for further pursuit of graduate study, while the Master of Fine Arts professional actor training program–a collaborative partnership between the Department of Theater and Cleveland Play House–represents a unique alliance between one of the oldest academic theater programs in the United States and the nation’s first regional theater.

Back to Campus with our own Theater History!

As part of Cleveland Play House's centennial celebration a few years ago, they created a series of videos, one of which included the 'founder' of the Department of Theater at CWRU. For our new and returning students, it's interesting to know the history and legacy of our department (and...

New and Returning Faculty

As the beginning of the school year fast approaches, the Department of Theater is pleased to welcome Kevin Inouye to our faculty this fall. Kevin joins us as Assistant Professor of Theater, and is a specialist in actor movement, stage combat, and performance. We also welcome back Christopher Bohan in...

CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program Ranked One of the Best!

The CWRU/CPH MFA in Acting program is ranked among the top 25 such programs by The Hollywood Reporter. Congrats to all of our faculty, administrators, students and program partners who make this one of the best programs in the world!

Urinetown a Hit Despite Horrible Title

Urinetown by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis Directed by Jerrold Scott Musical Direction by Brad Wyner April 13th, 14th, 20th & 21st at 7:30 pm, and April 15th & 22nd at 3:00 pm. Due to a terrible water shortage, Urine Good Company now owns all the toilets in town, and the citizens must navigate the...