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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.



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]

Measure for Measure Opening April 11

Date posted: March 31st, 2014


Measure for Measure
by William Shakespeare
April 11, 12, 18, 19 at 8 p.m.
April 13 and 20 at 2:30 p.m.
Directed by Jerrold Scott

Written in the early 1600s, with the upheaval of a new ruler on the throne, Measure is considered one of the Bard’s “problem plays.” It defies simple classification, as the play explores whether ideas such as right or wrong, and good or bad, [...Read more]

Eldred Theater 2014-15 Season Announced

Date posted: March 17th, 2014

Artistic Director Jerrold Scott is pleased to announce Eldred Theater’s 2014-15 season!
Waiting for Lefty by Clifford Odets
October 3-12, 2014
Directed by Timothy Koch
Alumni Timothy Koch (CWR ’08) and alumna Cassie Dorland (CWR ’10) return to CWRU to collaborate on this American classic.  Lefty explores the personal and political struggles of the labor movement during the Great Depression, and asks questions that remain troublingly relevant about continued plight of the working class. [...Read more]


Date posted: February 4th, 2014


Please join us for the Bald Soprano Experiment!
The Center for World Realized Unification’s mission is to make world peace a reality! We are striving to create a world where every man, woman and child will live in perfect harmony. Through our research we are seeking to create the P.H. (Perfect Human) by suppressing H.E.E. (Hostile Expressions of Emotion) and heightening S.H.E. (Sympathetic Healing Emotions) through the administration of M.E.T.H. (Magistrate for the Ethical Treatment of Humans) approved methods. [...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.