The Theatre Arts and Musical Theatre minors deliver on- and off-stage training that equips you to enter the professional theater world or go on to specialized theater graduate programs. In addition to theater performance, the programs allow you to participate in many areas of theatrical production. 

Students in Theatre Arts work on shows at Shadow Lawn Stage—Monmouth’s summer professional theater company—in order to earn points toward Actors’ Equity Association membership. Each fall, a faculty-directed musical is put on while a musical takes center stage in the spring. 

Dancing at Lughnasa

Monmouth’s Theatre Arts programs also give you exposure to off-campus experiential activities. The University’s Two River Theatre Ambassador Program gives you access to performances as well as insights into the theatre’s theatrical processes.  Educational trips are also planned on a regular basis; past excursions include tours of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., the New York Public Library of Performing Arts, and numerous Broadway productions.

Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society, is another offering to students in the program. It provides social, academic, and career benefits that have included opportunities to network with Broadway professionals through annual participation in Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS events.

Participation in the student theatre group, MU Players, is also an integral part of the program experience for many students. Each April, MU Players produces a fully staged musical. Throughout the year, the organization coordinates with faculty members to create workshops on topics such as costuming, stage management, auditioning, and scenic design.