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.

Theater MFA program ranks 12th in the world

The Case Western Reserve/Cleveland Play House MFA in Acting program has been ranked as one of the best such programs in the world by The Hollywood Reporter for the second year in a row. This year, the program ranks 12th—up six slots from last year. Our MFA theater program accepts...

Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” Opens at Eldred Theater April 12

  William Shakespeare’s Renaissance comedy “As You Like It,” directed by Donald Carrier, opens this Friday in Eldred Theater at Case Western Reserve University. The forest, so different from the oppressiveness of court life, is a world where anything is possible. Join over 20 characters as they undertake a journey of...

Eldred Theater presents The Drowsy Chaperone, Nov. 9-18

The Drowsy Chaperone by Bob Martin, Don McKellar, Lisa Lambert, and Greg Morrison Directed by Keli Schimelpfenig; Musical Direction by Mike Caraffi and Heidi Herczeg; Choreography by Jessica Atwood November 9, 10, 16, 17 at 7:30 p.m. November 11, 18 at 3 p.m. Seeking a cure for a case of the ‘blues’, a middle-aged musical theater aficionado takes...

Spring Auditions Scheduled

While our next production, The Drowsy Chaperone, is just getting started, it's never too early to think ahead! Auditions for Eldred Theater's spring productions are scheduled! OPEN AUDITIONS for the 2019 spring semester drama productions in Eldred Theater. Private Eyes by Steven Dietz, directed by Jeffrey Ullom, and  As You Like It by William Shakespeare, directed by...

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