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Succeed around the globe

Award-winning faculty whose experience spans the world provide individualized instruction, giving students the extra edge they need to succeed. Preparation that extends beyond skills and experience – that’s what you’ll find in the School of Theatre.

The School of Theatre offers undergraduate and graduate degrees covering a range of areas, including Acting, Musical Theatre, Stage Management, Theatre Design and Technology, and Directing.

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Create on Centre Stage

The School of Theatre houses Penn State Centre Stage (PSCS), the professional theatre training program in Central Pennsylvania. PSCS presents theatrical masterpieces and new gems – including a series of livestreamed virtual performances – by emerging masters.


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  • Assoc. Director of Academics: Dan Robinson


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    Degree
    Offerings

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    B.A. in Theatre

    The B.A. in Theatre inspires the next generation of theatre professionals to shape the future of the industry after experiencing an impactful education supported by endless artistic outlets.
    Theatre students performing a scene from Argonautica.

    B.F.A. in Acting

    The B.F.A. in Acting degree program trains the next generation of stars using a holistic educational approach that prepares performers for success on every stage.
    Musical Theatre students performing the halftime show at Beaver Stadium.

    B.F.A. in Musical Theatre

    The B.F.A. in Musical Theatre is a revered and intensive professional training program that prepares students to step into the spotlight on Broadway and beyond.
    School of Theatre dress rehearsal of Argonautica.

    B.F.A. in Theatre

    With options in Stage Management and Theatre Design and Technology, the B.F.A. in Theatre trains the behind-the-scenes theatre professionals to produce a transformative theatrical experience by artistically engaging modern technology and skills.
    Scenic design from the play Argonautica.

    M.F.A. in Theatre

    The M.F.A in Theatre program is one of the most unique and well-respected theatre education programs in the country that consistently exists as a conduit to Broadway and beyond. Collaboration...
    Stage crew students adjusting sound and lighting for the production rehearsal of Violet, located in the Playhouse Theatre at Penn State University Park campus.

    Theatre Minor

    The Theatre minor is designed for personal enrichment or to enhance study particularly for students in the humanities, communication, and the arts.

    Teaching and Learning during COVID

    Performance classes – on campus, on Zoom – always flexible, creative, and engaged!
    Design Technology and Management is dedicated to achieving even deeper learning and higher levels of productivity and technique during the pandemic.

    Alumni Spotlight

    Penn State provided the specialized training required to succeed in my field in the “real world,” as well as a strong network of alumni to guide me once I got there.
    Penn State alumna and events professional Carolyn Quinn wearing headset.

    Alumni Spotlight

    Carolyn Quinn

    B.F.A. in Theatre 2016

    Carolyn Quinn is an events professional based in New York City. She is currently a production coordinator at Sequence Events, a Global Top 50 Events Agency. Prior to Sequence, Carolyn spent time at Baseline Theatrical and in the general management office of Hamilton: An American Musical, as well as freelancing for high-profile corporate and non-profit events, new
    theatrical works, and television and film, including working on the production team for the 71st Annual Tony Awards.

    An overhead shot of the 2018 Global Forum hosted in the Oculus World Trade Center. Carolyn Quinn production managed the event with Sequence for the Wharton School of Business.

    Studios, Labs and Venues

    Production studio spaces, a design and lighting lab, and venues that support student, faculty, and professional performances.
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    Theatre Arts Production Studio (TAPS)

    The Theatre Arts Production Studio (TAPS) features a large, state-of-the-art equipped scenic shop with adjacent properties shop and scenic paint studio. The costume shops,


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    Pavilion Theatre

    The Pavilion Theatre, built in 1915, is a key venue for the Penn State School of Theatre. Designed by architects Frank Miles Day and Charles


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    Penn State Downtown Theatre

    Finished in 2003, the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center is an intimate 152-seat theatre in the heart of downtown State College. The Penn State


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    Playhouse Theatre

    The Playhouse Theatre is a 383-seat proscenium-thrust theatre equipped with a dual level, moveable pit, full fly space, and advanced lighting and sound control


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    Theatre Lighting Lab

    The Penn State School of Theatre Lighting Lab is one of the most advanced and well-equipped labs of its kind in the country. Seating


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    Faculty Spotlight

    Current and former students meeting together in the Penn State Theatre Convergence Lab.
    Current and former students meeting together in the Penn State Theatre Convergence Lab.

    Curtis Craig

    Head, Sound Design

    Curtis Craig (Sound Designer, Composer, Projection Designer) Recent work: Pipeline (Cleveland Playhouse, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Detroit Public Theatre), Indecent (Denver Center Theatre Company), world premier – Dominique Morriseau’s Mud Row (People’s Light & Theatre Company), world premier – The Great Leap (Denver Center Theatre Company, Seattle Rep), The Bacchae (Classical Theatre of Harlem), How to Catch Creation (Baltimore Center Stage, Philadelphia Theatre Company). In 2017, his sound design and composition from the Denver Center production of All The Way was awarded the Silver Medal in Sound Design at the World Stage Design exposition in Taipei, Taiwan. He previously won the Gold Medal in Sound Design for Pentecost in 2009 in Seoul, South Korea. His work can be heard at www.curtiscraig.com.

    Curtis Craig working at sound board.

    News from A&A

    Arts and Architecture names college, academic unit marshals

    We are proud to announce our student marshals for spring 2021. Crystal Dahm, who will receive dual degrees in Theatre and French/Francophone Studies, is the college marshal.

    Crystal Dahm, of Boalsburg, Pa., has been named spring 2021 student marshal for the College of Arts and Architecture. She will receive a B.F.A. in Theatre and B.S. in French


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    Alum brings together theatre and film communities with award-winning production company

    Theatre alum Sarah Ellis' award-winning production company, MT Shorts, brings together film and theatre communities.
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    School of Theatre honors Shakespeare safely with radio production of “Romeo and Juliet”

    The School of Theatre presented "Romeo and Juliet" as a radio play, available for listening at sites.psu.edu/pscsvirtual.
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