Students of any major are welcome to audition for theatre productions and are invited to participate behind the scenes in design and technical theatre. Auditions are posted on the large bulletin board in the Fine Arts building lobby and announced at Stage II and in Theatre classes. Auditions for the first Fall production often take place as early as the first week of school.
Students may audition beginning in their freshman year for roles in Theatre Department main stage productions and Stage II one act plays. A number of classes also provide performance opportunities through showcases and recitals with no auditions required: Stage and Comic Technique, Children’s Theatre, Directing, Advanced Acting (class entry by audition), Collaborative Theatre Workshop, and Acting for Musical Theatre.
Theatre productions encompass a range of genres including:
- Classical Theatre,
- Musical Theatre
- Contemporary Theatre
- Theatre for Young Audiences
- Stage II Student produced and directed One Acts
Students are encouraged to complete professional internships. After students have some basic training and experience, faculty help students identify professional opportunities that align with their area of interest. ESU theatre majors have interned at some impressive performing arts organizations including Williamstown Theatre Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, People’s Light and Theatre, Metropolitan Opera, and L.A. Theatre Works.
Student Theatre Clubs
ESU students develop strong social ties, and a home base within the larger university, through intensive production work and two student theatre clubs: Stage II and Musical Theatre Organization (MTO). Stage II produces a student directed, acted and designed one act play festival annually. MTO produces musical theatre cabarets and performs at a variety of campus and community functions.
Careers in Theatre
Entertainment is one of the biggest exports in the United States. Theatre is one of the biggest industries in nearby New York City. Theatre department alumni are working in arts and entertainment in the United States and internationally, have gone on to excellent graduate programs, and have transferred their skills to related fields.