Theatre Department Mission

Consistent with the mission of the University and the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Theatre is dedicated to providing students with a strong foundation in Theatre based on mastering basic concepts of dramatic literature, performance, history, design and criticism as well as the technical skills to produce theatre. Studying Theatre at Washburn is theoretical, practical and experiential. Public performances are offered by the department in the Andrew J. and Georgia Neese Gray Theatre throughout the year, affording students experience in Theatre practice. As one of the University’s “public faces”, the University Theatre is a cultural resource provided to the citizens of Washburn and the Topeka community.

Student Learning Outcomes

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

Students graduating with a B.A. in Theatre are expected to have acquired skills in performance, theatre technology, and theatre history, literature and criticism. Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate acquired skills in vocal expression, interpretation and performance.
  • Demonstrate acquired conceptual skills in theatre aesthetics, design/technology, construction and execution.
  • Demonstrate content knowledge and the ability to analyze and evaluate dramatic texts
  • Demonstrate the ability to respond critically to dramatic literature and theatre performances. 

Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre

By the end of their program students should:

Demonstrate performances skills that include:

  • Voice production and technique to create roles in full productions (speaking and singing)
  • Vocal interpretation and role preparation skills that enable understanding and performance of roles from a wide variety of styles
  • Musicianship, sight-singing competence and analytic skills
  • Stage movement and dance skills in at least 3 styles of musical theatre dance genres
  • Integration of voice, movement and acting skills

Demonstrate proficiency in implementation of skills and knowledge of:

  • Basic production elements such as costume, sets and props, lighting, makeup and sound
  • Script analysis, dramatic literature and history, and musical theatre repertory
  • Audition and business techniques for musical theatre performers

GET IN TOUCH WITH Washburn Theatre

Washburn University Theatre
Garvey, Room 133
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1639

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