The Earlham College Department of Theatre Arts sees theatre as an essential part of the human experience; stories brought to life through imagination and shared in community can transport and transform us. The Department of Theatre Arts teaches you to create theatre that elicits empathy, challenges the intellect, and encourages intentional decision-making. The faculty strive to develop interdisciplinary anti-racist theatre artists with a personal sense of responsibility to the communities in which they will live and work.
We also provide individualized training with a focus on the collaborative, analytical and expressive skills essential to a wide range of working environments - including theater, film &television, advertising, events, attractions, and beyond. Play selection and workshop programming is customized to your needs and interests. Guest artists interact with you in production, workshop, coaching and mentoring situations.
Between our flexible 125-seat black box theatre and 350-seat proscenium theatre, we guarantee a total of five to nine annual departmental, senior project and student theatre company productions. These provide opportunities to perform, design, stage-manage, devise, direct, produce and take on other leadership roles throughout the year. As you gain practical experience in the wide range of theatre arts disciplines, you will also gain confidence in how to create new work and interpret existing scripts in service of the communities in which you live and work.
To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts, you must complete the following courses, in addition to general education requirements:
One from the following courses:
92% of work seekers who majored in the visual and performing arts between 2018-2022 were employed, pursuing graduate school or volunteering within six months of graduation.
100% of theatre arts majors from the classes of 2017-2019 were working or in grad school within six months of graduation.
Theatre grads have moved into paid internships and graduate programs in the theatre arts and related fields.
Top job industries for theatre arts graduates include performing and fine arts and education.
Can I do off-campus study
Yes! We strongly encourage our majors to consider off-campus study. Great options for theatre arts majors include London, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., among others.
Learn more about available programs via our Center for Global and Career Education.