About the Program

Example of Theatrical Work on Stage

Mainstage & Studio Theatre

In the production arena, the theatre production program attracts students from throughout the university as both audience members and participants. We produce a variety of stage and dance performances in association with RTVF, Dance, and Music. Students involved with these productions earn academic credit for their work and use these important opportunities to apply classroom training to production practice.

Theatre Arts students from all emphases have many opportunities to showcase their talents in our main stage season. Productions are done in both the 350-seat University Theatre and the 150-seat, modular Hal Todd Studio Theatre. Actors, directors, playwrights, and designers collaborate during the four annual main stage productions, as well as in student productions and many other additional works throughout the season. Advanced performance students also are granted showcase auditions with San José Repertory Theatre as well as with other Bay Area regional theatres and TV/film casting directors and agents.

Stage and Screen

Courses are offered in acting and directing for the camera, and our curriculum provides numerous opportunities to work on student/faculty-directed short and feature films. Our department includes a major in Radio-TV-Film and annually produces feature films, shot on location in the Bay Area and in our department’s soundstages. Films produced in our department have been honored in major film festivals such as Cinequest, Slamdance, CSU MediaArts, Broadcast Educators Association (BEA), Mill Valley Film Festival, and the Locarno International Film Festival and regularly receive commercial distribution, including VOD and DVD. Students are able to go beyond the classroom and receive hands-on mentoring from industry professionals, faculty, and staff.

Professional and Community Relations

Students benefit from the department's active affiliation with the professional community and by a required industry internship in the senior year. To various sectors of the profession, these activities demonstrate the value of our students’ education, while providing a segue between undergraduate and post-graduate experiences.

The specific relationship between the SJSU Theatre program and the Silicon Valley region can be seen in the formative and ongoing role the university plays in the development of a South Bay performing arts community. SJSU Theatre alumni, students, faculty, and staff have produced significant achievements in the region as theatre and film professionals, teachers, community activists, entrepreneurs, and arts administrators. Our graduates help build and lead a distinctively regional artistic, imaginative, creative community. The emergence of a downtown renaissance in San José is partly attributable to the fertile, ongoing relationship between the university theatre program and the culture of the South Bay.