Theatre Arts | Earlham College Skip to Content

Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts

Personalized Training for Today's Theatre Artist

The Department of Theatre Arts curriculum provides learning opportunities in all major aspects of theatre. Academic theory is interwoven with practical application through student participation in theatrical productions and in-class projects.  Six to ten annual departmental, senior project and student theatre company productions provide opportunities to perform, design, stage-manage, direct, produce and take on other leadership roles throughout the year.

Special Learning Opportunities

We also provide individualized training with a focus on the collaborative, analytical and expressive skills essential in all working environments. Play selection and workshop programming is customized to student needs and interests. Guest artists interact with students in production, workshop, coaching and mentoring situations.

Students who take full advantage of the opportunities offered will emerge as theatre artists who impact society through the kinds of theatre they create, the way they work, the stories they bring to light, and the audiences they choose to serve.   

As our student artists gain practical experience in the wide range of theatre arts disciplines, they also gain confidence in how to create new work and interpret existing scripts in service of the communities in which they live and work. 

Many theatre majors participate in off-campus programs including the New York Arts Program and Earlham’s London program.


Our alumni have pursued graduate degrees at such top institutions as Yale University and New York University.

Others have joined professional internship programs at the Actors Theatre of Louisville and Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago or joined theatre companies in Minneapolis, Seattle, St. Louis and San Francisco.

Still others use their creative, collaborative, critical and presentation skills in a variety of other fields, from business to law to teaching.

Theatrical Earlhamites

Dan McCoy
Comedy Writer

Dan McCoy '00 finds himself at the top of his profession as a staff writer for “The Daily Show,” hosted by Jon Stewart. It is the first time he has held a full-time job in comedy. But this is not as improbable as it sounds.

Mallory Ward
Entrenched in the World of Theater

Mallory Ward ’16 says her life is entrenched in theater.

Distinctively Earlham
Just as most Earlham College students, our Theatre Arts majors and minors are concerned about social justice, the environment, and global community. The Theatre Arts department encourages students to address these issues through their work in theatre.


The theatre arts department produces in two spaces — a state-of-the-art studio theatre in the new Center for the Visual and Performing Arts and a 325-seat proscenium theatre in Runyan Center.
Print Friendly and PDF