The Drake University Theatre Arts Department believes in balance.
The Department of Theatre Arts is comprised of six full-time faculty members, five have earned the highest degrees in their fields. All full-time faculty are engaged in teaching classes from the introductory to advanced levels. The inclusive nature of the curriculum means that students will take classes from every member of the Department of Theatre Arts as they pursue their degree.
The Theatre Department strongly encourages all students to participate in internship opportunities. In theatre, however it may not be called “an internship”, it will be called a job. Our students regularly audition and interview for summer theatre employment. Recently, students have worked with the Santa Fe Opera, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theater, and Memphis Playhouse on the Square.
Drake Theater students also have the advantage of our special relationship with the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Connecticut. Select students are invited to spend a semester studying with our colleagues there and with their partner programs in Russia or London. Additionally, theatre students may elect to spend a full semester or January Term at an accredited study abroad experience.
Typical career paths for theatre arts graduates include regional theatre, teaching, and radio/TV. Recent graduates have gone on to work in Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, and Los Angeles. A number also have entered and completed graduate programs throughout the country. Learn more about what Drake grads have done with their Theatre Degrees.