WHO ARE WE?
The Western Michigan Department of Theatre prepares and empowers the next generation of professionally engaged, community-minded, and culturally aware theatre artists. Through intensive experiential practice and inquiry-based education, our training fosters initiative and creative thinking. Our graduates are intentional learners – empowered, informed, responsible, and prepared to succeed in the professional world.
WMU’s nationally award-winning Department of Theatre offers extensive onstage, offstage, and behind the curtain training. The range of experiences to which you will be exposed is vast, creating the kind of well-rounded theatre artist necessary in today’s field. Opportunities for participation in the production program begin in the freshman year. The department presents nine faculty-directed productions each season in three different theatres, which feature student designs in set, costumes, lighting, and sound. Additional plays are presented in the laboratory theatre program and in the directing classes, allowing even more opportunities for onstage experience and student directing through our Footlight productions.
University Theatre productions are often recognized for their excellence. We have received top honors at the prestigious American College Theater Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Alumni are regularly featured on Broadway, television, film and in regional theatres, and have received numerous Tony nominations.
The WMU Department of Theatre is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). This association sets standards for curriculum and production programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels for institutions of higher learning and is considered a prestigious accolade of the Department of Theatre.