Message From The Chair
The Theatre program at Sam Houston State University is geared toward creating top notch theatre professionals. Whether a student is interested in working in the commercial world of acting, directing, design, musical theatre or in educational theatre, our program prepares students for the job market after graduation. In a world of increasing tuition and college expenses, prospective students will find the quality of education at our department exceptionally attractive.
Prospective students will find themselves participating in an active, hands on program based on solid theoretical principles. Theatre majors will be involved in a field of study which encompasses acting, directing, technical theatre, costume, lighting and set design, stage makeup, stage management, theatre history and dramatic theory and criticism. Musical theatre majors find themselves taking classes in voice, musicianship, and dance, in addition to those courses already mentioned. A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is offered in Musical Theatre, Acting and Directing, Design and Technical Theatre, or Secondary Education.
Students are eligible to be cast in the main season shows every semester as well as to be given leadership responsibilities in design, stage management, directing and technical theatre. As students progress in their primary area of interest they may be chosen to design, stage manage, or direct a production. This allows each student to develop a strong resume before graduation.
Guest directors and designers as well as the theatre program's involvement with Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Texas Educational Theatre Association, and Broadway Theatre Project allows our students considerable exposure to the professional world of theatre. Our proximity to Houston provides ongoing participation to the world of theatre, dance, musical theatre and opera.
We have a strong alumni network across the U.S. and this allows theatre and musical theatre students a strong network of contacts. Students find that upon graduation they are well prepared for careers in either commercial or educational theatre.
We welcome you to the SHSU theatre program, and encourage you to contact us with any questions or to come and visit our campus, sit in on our classes or see our productions. We want you to make our theatre program your new home.
Penelope A. Hasekoester
Chair, Theatre and Dance