Theatre has been a dynamic force on SJSU's campus since the earliest days of the University. The official Department of Theatre was established in 1928 with an emphasis on "dramatic study and stage craft . . . a field that stretches far and wide and is rich with possibilities." Today, we emphasize the contemporary role of theatre education: to prepare our students to be active, inventive and disciplined performers working with a team in creative enterprize.
The Theatre Major emphasizes a strong foundation in acting, directing, writing, design and entertainment technologies. Theatre Arts students study the history and practices of theatre with a particular emphasis on the interrelationship between theatre and contemporary performance cultures.
Theatre Arts' production program gives students a wide range of performance opportunities from professionally-oriented mainstage productions, to experimental and new-play production workshops, to feature-length film, broadcasting, web and site-specific performances.
The distinguished faculty and alumni of SJSU Theatre Arts play significant roles in the cultural life of the Bay Area, as well as the broader entertainment industry, as performers, designers, directors, writers, and administrators. In this way SJSU Theatre's network connects our students directly to the professional world and to a wide range of career opportunities.