The Theatre Arts major, with two tracks in Acting and Musical Theatre, is an interactive degree that combines theory and in practice courses to prepare students for a career in the arts post graduation. Under instruction from professionals in the industry, students will be given ample opportunities to grow in an academic and artistic capacity.
All enrolled Sacred Heart University students, regardless of major, are invited to participate in the Theatre Arts Program.
During an academic year, students will have several opportunities to work on a wide variety of shows. The program produces six full-scale productions each year – two main stage shows in the Edgerton Center and four Little Theatre shows. The musicals and plays range in style: past shows include Rent, Chicago, Dogfight, Spring Awakening, Little Shop of Horrors, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Boeing, Boeing, Playboy of the Western World and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. More recently; Next to Normal, Be More Chill, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Noises Off, In the Heights, As Bees in Honey Drown and Hair. Each show is under professional direction and is presented to Sacred Heart University and the public. In addition, students will also have the chance to perform alongside professionals from the Connecticut Children’s Theatre as they present their bi-annual children’s show.
TheatreFest is an annual Sacred Heart University event that allows students to explore their creativity within various roles in the theatre. Student written one-act plays or musicals are developed through initial feedback given from program faculty and peers. After rewriting, selected shows chose a student director, stage manager and actors to perform their show. After another round of performances and rewrites, remaining shows are given a chance to be fully produced with a full set, costumes, lights, sound and technical crew. These stages are integral to the creative process and to students understanding all of the elements into creating a full production.
- Courses taught by professionals from the theatre industry; gain networking opportunities.
- Chances to explore all elements of theatre; performance, directing, writing, design.
- Meaningful experience in communication, analysis, public speaking, teamwork and problem solving.
- Preparation for a career in a variety of fields; theatre (acting, directing, producing, writing, stage management), television, film, education (kindergarten - higher education), media companies and art therapy to name a few.
- Skills that will translate into post-graduation career and can be added to resume.
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OnStage Blog Ranks SHU’s Theatre Arts Program in its Top 25
September 21, 2018
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.
As Bees in Honey Drown
September 6, 2018
Sacred Heart University Theatre Arts Program presents As Bees in Honey Drown by Douglas Cater Beane on September 27 - 29, 2018 at 8 p.m., September 30, 2018 at 3 p.m., October 11 - 13, 2018 at 8 p.m. and October 14, 2018 at 3 p.m. in the Little Theatre.
Forbes: The Fascinating Success Story Of The Cult-Hit Musical That Almost Didn't Happen
July 10, 2018
"...But then finally in January of this year, something amazing happened. Jerry Goehring, a producer and an adjunct faculty at Sacred Heart University, had directed a version and saw firsthand the fandom and was able to wrap his head around it. He was person who actually ponied up. He’s the lead commercial producer. He said I’m gonna do this, and suddenly there were a million people at the ready to get onboard...."