Theatre Arts Academics at UofL

Three students performing on stage

As part of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Theatre Arts is committed to a liberal arts education for our undergraduate students and professional training for graduate students.  The ancient art of theatre is most fully understood and exists at its deepest form of expression through the creation of performances shared with an audience.  Doing so demands a deep array of knowledge and skill combined with a professional attitude and work ethic that can serve students throughout their lives in whatever profession they pursue.

Making theatre requires a great deal more than talent and desire, including:

  • Self-discipline
  • Collaboration, often with strangers
  • Acceptance that the needs of the whole are more important than those of any individual
  • Self-awareness
  • Critical thinking
  • Comprehending many kinds of scripts to grasp both their surface and the subtle domain of subtext
  • Empathizing with strangers including characters whose point of view, beliefs, mindset, religion, politics, behavior, and attitudes may be vastly different from one’s own
  • Embracing the past, present, and future—wherever a production takes us and the audience
  • Meeting deadlines that are often shorter than ideal
  • Working within budgets that are always less than desired
  • Communicating fearlessly, often to strangers, on a naked stage about matters so crucial that the life, or death, of a character hangs in the balance
  • Joy in creating work that turns ideas, imagination, words, cloth, lumber, sound, and silence into magic that is beheld by everyone whether friend or stranger.  When we are passionate about our work—and making theatre demands such passion every day—it does not seem like work at all.

We believe that these complex goals, abilities, and attitudes should be evident daily in our classrooms and our rehearsal rooms.

Students who internalize this way of thinking and working are prepared extraordinarily well for any of their future goals.