University Center for the Arts, Office 120
Dr. Megan Lewis, Director

Student performing artists and designers find a welcoming place of study in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

At CSU, faculty, staff, and professional guest artists – all with extensive experience on stages ranging from Broadway to regional theatres and worldwide – provide students with an experienced lens through which to study every aspect of theatre. This includes the theory and practice of acting and directing, musical theatre, theatre history/dramaturgy/playwriting, theatrical design and technical theatre, stage management, and storytelling/devising.

Upon academic admission to CSU and acceptance into one of the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre concentrations, students are provided with fundamental skills and experiences in theatre within a liberal arts context, honing vital life skills. This will prepare students for graduate study in theatre and potential employment opportunities in a variety of fields related to theatre, film, and other creative endeavors.


Auditions and Portfolio Reviews:

In addition to applying to CSU through the Office of Admissions, a successful audition or portfolio review with CSU Theatre faculty is required to enter the B.A. in Theatre concentrations. Please visit for more information.

Theatre Program Level Learning Objectives:

  • IMAGINATION AND EXPRESSION: Cultivate and articulate a unique vision, focus, and craft as an artist. Sharpen written, verbal, visual/design, embodied and intellectual analysis, storytelling, and expression of creative ideas.
  • CONTEXT AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Understand texts within their contexts, our place in history as contemporary artists, the potential of art for social transformation, and ourselves as global citizens.
  • COLLABORATION AND PROFESSIONALISM: Develop a holistic understanding of the theatre-making process and industry protocols through hands-on practice, telling compelling, relevant stories through the united labor of our distinct areas of expertise. Conduct ourselves professionally in attitude, approach, and vision to prepare for life after CSU.
  • CREATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING: Solve abstract and material problems, draw on various resources, strategies, and skills, and embrace creative risk-taking.
  • In addition, each theatre concentration has two learning outcomes unique to that subject.

Comprehensive training occurs in classrooms, labs, shops, rehearsal studios, and in annual productions of plays, musicals, operas, dance concerts, and special events, produced by a company of student actors, directors, designers, and technicians under the mentorship of our professional faculty and staff. These outstanding artists and technicians offer individualized teaching, advising and small class sizes, providing students with hands-on learning opportunities from their first day on campus.