About our program
Students can find many performance opportunities at MSU Denver. Several theatre classes, such as Directing, Performance of Literature II: Group, and Stage Movement offer students the opportunity to showcase their work. Four major productions are also produced each year, including musicals produced in collaboration with the MSU Denver Music Department. The Metro Theatre Association, a student run organization, provides a forum for students to work closely with production development.
The Department of Theatre produces outstanding musicals and dramas, develops and tours original works, and cultivates strong community partnerships (such as that with Kaiser Permanente’s educational theatre touring company) as it moves forward with its goal of preeminence. The fine work of MSU Denver theatre students, faculty and staff has earned local and regional awards and recognition. These achievements are a result of the department’s fundamental commitment to excellence and basic philosophy that theatre is an inclusive experience that helps students develop skills that can support them as they work in a multitude of professions; thus, MSU Denver Theatre is “equipment for living.”
Theatre Department Mission Statement
The Theatre Department provides educational opportunities for a diverse urban population by offering a full range of introductory, advanced, and collaborative teacher/learner centered curricula. The Theatre Department continues to develop and to offer opportunities for majors by offering a BA in Theatre with a BFA concentration in Music Theatre and a BFA concentration in Applied Theatre Technology and Design. These curricula provide theoretical foundations and practical applications to prepare students for graduate school, employment, and personal and aesthetic development, all grounded in a strong liberal arts tradition.
The MSU Denver Theatre Department also serves the college, campus, and greater community by providing courses, performance opportunities, applied technology opportunities, academic and professional collaborations, and cultural enrichment.
The Theatre Department achieves this mission through the faculty’s dedication to excellence in instruction, both classroom and technologically mediated; implementation of the creative process; professional renewal; and participation in a variety of initiatives with public schools, businesses, health care agencies, non-profit organizations, and the National Association of Schools of Theatre accrediting agency.