Theatre Arts Department

Innovate. Create. Collaborate.

The Theatre Arts Department at Gettysburg College explores the history and importance of live performance, providing a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts and a minor in theatre arts. 

To nurture creative self-expression and teamwork, the department presents its main stage productions through its three theatres: the Kline Theatre, Majestic Theater, and Stevens Laboratory Theatre. 

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Upcoming productions

All Gettysburg students—regardless of major—may audition for plays and musicals on campus.

The Prom

Book and Lyrics by Chad Beguelin, Book by Bob Martin
Music by Matthew Sklar
Directed by Christopher Kauffman
November 2, 3, & 4 at 7:30 PM
November 5 at 2:00 PM
Majestic Theater * 717-337-8200
Tickets are $15 general admission
Students $10
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Steel Magnolias

By Robert Harling
Directed by Guest Artist Catherine Blaine
February 29, March 1, 2 at 7:30 PM
March 3 at 2:00 PM
Kline Theatre *
Free Admission
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By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Guest Artist Weston Jackson
April 18,19 & 20 at 7:30 PM
April 21 at 2:00 PM
Kline Theatre *
Free Admission
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Why study theatre arts?

By studying theatre arts, you develop a breadth and depth of knowledge that you can apply to nearly every profession while building enduring skills such as communication, creativity, and teamwork through storytelling and collaboration. 

This interdisciplinary field encompasses the work of creating and presenting performances while fostering empathy, self-expression, and cultural literacy. Through your theatre arts studies, you’ll uncover the complexities of the human condition, gaining insights that extend well beyond the stage. 

Major in theatre arts

As a theatre arts major, you complete an introductory course, classes in theatre history, studio core courses, electives, and a senior capstone project. During your studies at Gettysburg College, we recommend that you choose a focus area. In addition, participating in the Guided Pathways can also help you purposefully connect your personal and professional goals with experiences that will allow you to deepen the skills you want to acquire to achieve success in graduate school or your career.

Note: As a theatre arts major, you may enroll as an individualized major, which allows you to create your education around courses that interest you while preparing for your graduate studies or career. 

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Minor in theatre arts

The Theatre Arts Department provides a six-course minor available to all students regardless of their major. The theatre arts minor offers students an overview of the theatre arts field through theory and studio courses. 

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All theatre arts majors and minors enroll in introductory courses, historical theatre classes, and electives of their choice. 

Students seeking their bachelor’s in theatre arts complete a senior capstone, which can consist of one or a combination of the following: 

  • Collaborative piece
  • Direction of a full-length play
  • Performance
  • Research thesis
  • Stage design
  • Stage reading of original plays

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What’s unique about our department?

Gettysburg College’s Theatre Arts Department provides you with a highly flexible education, allowing you to write, act, or direct plays while completing your courses. Participate in a theatre arts internship in the Gettysburg area, join a production, lead a student organization, or study abroad—it’s all up to you! 

Participate in exciting theatre arts productions

All Gettysburg students, regardless of major, may participate in stage productions in the Kline Theatre, Majestic Theater, or Stevens Laboratory Theatre. Productions include classical plays, contemporary plays, comedies, experimental pieces, musicals, and Shakespearean plays. 

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Study abroad

Our Theatre Arts Department provides study abroad opportunities for you to expand your creative horizons. Nearly 60% of Gettysburg College students study globally for at least one semester. Moreover, Gettysburg College does not limit the number of courses you can take during your global studies. You can complete much of your theatre arts education abroad, all while earning credit. 

As a theatre arts major or minor, you can study acting, comedy, set design, and more in global studies programs designed specifically for the theatre arts. Consider studying abroad in: 

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bath, England
  • France
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Lancaster, England
  • London
  • Spain

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Career preparation

Earning your theatre arts degree allows you to expand your career prospects. Our faculty and staff will impart a breadth and depth of knowledge in topics related to theatre arts through experiential learning opportunities. Through them, you’ll build the communication, teamwork, and critical thinking skills that can prepare you for graduate school or your career. 

While each career path may require additional training or graduate study, you may find enjoyment in working behind the scenes for productions or teaching through the following occupations: 

  • Acting coach
  • Casting manager
  • Choreographer
  • Community arts coordinator
  • Costume designer
  • Film director
  • High school drama teacher
  • Makeup artist
  • Stage manager
  • Theatre arts professor

Learn how the theatre arts major at Gettysburg College prepares you for career success.

Connect with Gettysburg’s theatre alumni

All theatre arts minors and theatre arts majors can engage with the connectGettysburg platform. As the College’s official online networking and mentoring platform, with more than 3,500 users, connectGettysburg offers a foundation of professional connections for students seeking careers in theatre arts

Participate in creative and collaborative theatre productions

Whether you want to star in a production or work backstage or facilitate programs that foster the growth of the arts in your community, the Theatre Arts Department at Gettysburg College is here to support you.

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