OnStage Blog Ranks SHU’s Theatre Arts Program in its Top 25

News Story: September 21, 2018

Sacred Heart University Theatre Arts Program productions of, from top left, clockwise, Be More Chill, In the Heights, Godspell and Barnum2018 productions of Be More Chill, In the Heights, Godspell and Barnum

OnStage Blog has ranked Sacred Heart University’s Theatre Arts Program one of the top 25 bachelor’s programs for the 2018-19 academic year.

OnStage Blog highlighted SHU’s TheatreFest, an annual event that enables students to explore their creativity in various theater roles. Feedback from the program’s faculty and peers helps students develop their one-act plays or musicals, which have the opportunity to become fully produced shows after rewrites.

“We really take great pride in the program’s development, and we are beyond excited to have received such a high ranking from OnStage Blog recognizing our academic program which focuses on new works,” said Jerry Goehring, artistic director of performing arts. “TheatreFest gives students the opportunity to not only learn the craft of playwriting as writers, but go through multiple rounds of readings and rewrites. It also opens up opportunities for students to be the director of a new play or musical, or a member of the the stage, lighting, or sound crews. Other students will act in the shows themselves, with pages of rewrites continually challenging them over the course of the year. Overall, the SHU theatre program creates a multitude of great opportunities for our students in the classroom and on stage that can help them find direction in their future theater careers.”

Rankings were determined based on such factors as the quality of facilities, scholarship opportunities for students, curriculum quality and career and alumni support, among others.

According to its website, OnStage Blog comprises a team of writers, actors, directors, designers and rebels whose mission is to provide readers with an insight into the theater industry and the issues that affect it. In May of 2015, they launched their site with the hope of promoting theater from Broadway to the staff’s hometowns. Since then, OnStage Blog has grown to become one of the most-read theater websites in the world.

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