Theatre and Dance
303 E. University Street
Wooster, OH 44691
Who can audition for theatre and dance productions?
Auditions are open to all College of Wooster students regardless of major or year of study. Actors and dancers are selected based on their talent/ability and appropriateness for the specific role or dance piece. It is not uncommon for first-year and sophomore students to be cast in major roles or selected for concert pieces alongside upper class students since juniors and seniors are immersed in their Independent Study projects.
Are there other opportunities for performance and production in addition to those offered by the Department of Theatre and Dance?
Absolutely. There are three student organizations at the College of Wooster that offer additional opportunities for those interested in Theatre. Effie’s Players primarily focuses on contemporary dramatic works; Shakespeariments explores the rich heritage of the works of Shakespeare and the newly formed, Woosicals, presents offerings from musical theatre. All are student directed and produced, utilizing a variety of venues around campus.
Are there opportunities for students to work in the theatre department?
There are student employment opportunities in the costume shop, scene shop, and box office. Please contact Rebecca Callan for positions in the costume shop, Mike Schaefer for positions in the scene shop, and Patrice Smith for positions in the box office.
What Theatre and Dance courses should I be taking as a First-Year student?
We encourage new students to begin with our 100 level courses (Introduction to Theatre Research and Writing, Foundations of Theatrical Design, Fundamentals for the Performer), which are designed as introductions to and preparation for the 300 level practical classes in acting, dance, design, play writing, directing, and technology. Our 200 level history/literature/theory courses are also great places to start your degree or minor. Typically we provide one or two 200 level courses each semester. In addition, any student participating in our faculty directed productions can register for .25 Practicum credit each semester. Please see the Chair of the department for details before registering.
Why don't I see any Introduction to Acting courses listed in the catalog of classes?
A number of years ago, the Department revised the curriculum, including the introductory (100 level) courses. Our goal was to create an entry into the major that viewed the work we do as artists and scholars from three textual perspectives: Introduction to Theatre Research and Writing, Foundations of Theatrical Design, and Fundamentals for the Performer. It is in the latter of the three that elements of both introductory acting and movement are combined to prepare students for a number of advanced 300 level courses in Acting, Dance, and Directing, for example.
Where do I look for information?
You can find up-to-date information about auditions, performance schedules, rehearsals, cast lists and employment opportunities on our department call-board. It is located just opposite our department’s main office in Wishart Hall (room 119), next to the Freedlander Theater.