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.

’23-24 MPAC Theater Season Announced

The Department of Theater announced their 2023-24 academic year production season in the Maltz Performing Arts Center. For details and dates, please see the production page here!

Setting the Stage: Get to know the scene designer behind CWRU’s production of Almost, Maine

In recognition of World Theatre Day (March 27), The Daily spoke with Jill Davis, an associate professor and scenic designer at Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Theater.  With over 12 years of professional experience in set design throughout the Cleveland area—including at Cleveland Play House—she’s now lending her...

Learn More About MFA Student Madeline Calais

MFA Student Madeline Calais talks about her journey to CWRU's theater program, and the current production of The Liar, directed by Don Carrier.

Assistant Professor of Movement and Acting

The Department of Theater is searching for a tenure-track position in acting and movement. Please see our employment page, or this link, for more information and application instructions:

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